Hyundai i20 N Line Review: 2021 Hyundai i20 N Line review; SWOT analysis | – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The N Line is more than a show of strength. Baleno RS to Punto Abarth, hot hatchbacks have failed to make an impact. Hyundai, on the other hand, is optimistic about a sizeable market as it debuts its racing-inspired performance series with the i20 in India. Read along to find out the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats):
The i20 N Line was showcased a fortnight ago. Like it or not, the silhouette leaves an impression of racy genes. With the ‘N’ badges on the 16-inch alloy wheels or the chequered flag-styled, piano black grille, the N Line tries to stand away from its i20 cousin.

The facelift i20 introduced in 2020 is based on the new lightweight K-platform. The N Line is based on the same, albeit a handful of mechanical changes. The steering wheel is recalibrated for a weighted feel, the car gets all-disc brakes, and the damping of the rear suspensions is retuned up to 30% to withstand the agility of the engine. And all these cycle parts cohesively work to compliment a spirited engine.
The 1.0-litre T-GDi motor used in i20 N Line puts out 20% greater max power at 120 horsepower over the turbo variant of the regular i20. And the effect is instantaneous. Floor the pedal to the metal, the i20 N Line screams from 3,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm. Also, the quick-shifting and precise DCT is an option in i20 N Line, which no other car in the segment offers.
There is enough differentiating the interior as well. All-black cabin with red pipping, N badges on seats, dedicated steering and gear knob. You get features like sunroof, floating infotainment with 50+ connected features, wireless charging, an all-digital instrument console, Bose speakers and specially crafted buttons on the steering.

Talk about the pricing, Hyundai has hit the ball out of the park. Two trim lines are on offer. N6 and N8 of iMT will charge you Rs 9.84 lakh and Rs 10.87 lakh, and the top-end N8 DCT is priced at Rs 11.75 lakh (ex-showroom). Total 6 colour options, the two dual-tone choices ask for Rs 15,000 premium. In effect, the price differential of the top-end of regular i20 (Asta-iMT) and i20 N Line (N8-iMT) is around Rs 80,000.
The safety package to meet the performance is comprehensive as well. The top-end model packs 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, reverse parking camera, hill assists to name a few.
Let’s face it. The feature-packed, N8 DCT will set you back by almost Rs 14 lakh. This is also a price point at which multiple trim lines of Seltos, Creta, Hector and Harrier operate. Are you ready to compromise on the space of an SUV?
That said, the i20 N Line is inherently sportier than any of the above-mentioned names. And in achieving the same, there is a bit of compromise on the ride quality. The ride can get bumpy on uneven roads and the thud from the suspensions is quite loud and unsettling if the driver approaches speed breaks with less caution. So convincing your aged parents to hop on the rear seat may not be the most tempting affair.

Another loud or disturbing effect that could creep in is the NVH levels. The three-cylinder motor turns noisy when pushed to the red line.
Features are in bounty but more was expected, especially from the driver. Seat ventilation and electric adjustment for the driver’s perch could be considered while the front seats could have had better side bolstering.
While ride quality is tough, this also liberates freedom to the driver to cream through twisties. It’s fanatics to drive. And all these goodies come with superb mileage on the tap. Hyundai claims 20+ kmpl for both transmissions.

The driver engagement levels are much higher when the top-end DCT is driven. A first-in-segment transmission choice, the N8 DCT also comes with shift paddles behind the nicely judged steering wheel. It’s an opportunity for the buyers to choose a spirited hatch that gets bells and whistles from a segment or two above.
It’s also an opportunity for Hyundai to carve a niche in the market with the N Line. The hopes are high as the Koreans expect up to 20% sales of i20 from the N Line.

Barring VW Polo GTI, there are no threats to the i20 N Line per se. No carmaker even intends to leap into the segment in near future. However, the racy, compact hatchbacks have traditionally not fared the way the manufacturers would have expected. Surely, Hyundai needs no introduction to this.

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