New Hyundai i20 N Line offers hot hatch flavour for less

The new Hyundai i20 N Line trim gets sporty styling, a 118bhp petrol engine and a £22,000 price tag

  • Powered by a 118bhp petrol engine
  • Borrows styling cues from the i20 N hot hatch
  • On sale now starting from £22,395

The new Hyundai i20 N Line trim has been unveiled. The new model sits at the top of the regular i20 line-up, and borrows sporty styling cues from the i20 N hot hatch.

The i20 N Line will join an array of sporty superminis, including the Ford Fiesta ST Line, Volkswagen Polo R-Line and the Peugeot 208 GT, that deliver some of the look and feel of a full-on hot hatch with less performance and lower costs. It’s available to buy now with prices starting from £22,395.

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To set it apart from the regular i20 models, the N Line trim adds several sporty touches including 17-inch alloy wheels, a restyled front bumper with larger air intakes and a new front splitter. The sides of the car feature ‘N Line’ badging and black inserts on the side skirts. At the rear, styling changes include a triangular central fog light and a pair of chrome exhaust tips.

Buyers can pick from a range of nine paint colours, with metallic and pearlescent finishes costing an extra £500. Several two-tone finishes are also available for £550 extra, adding a Phantom Black finish to the roof of the car.

Interior upgrades include a pair of sports seats with N Line logos, a black headliner and leather trim on the steering wheel and gearstick. Red contrasting trim detailing features on the door cards and ventilation controls.

Standard interior technology includes a 10.25-inch digital dial cluster and infotainment screen, along with sat nav, live traffic services, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. LED headlights and LED daytime running lights are also fitted, along with electrically folding mirrors, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors. There’s a decent amount of safety technology, too, with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), cruise control and lane keep assist.

The i20 N Line is only offered with one engine, a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with mild-hybrid electrical assistance. This produces 118bhp and comes equipped with a six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT), which can automatically disengage the clutch when coasting to save fuel. Claimed performance is brisk, with 0-62mph taking 10.1 seconds and a top speed of 118mph.

A seven-speed automatic gearbox is also available, increasing the starting price by £1,250. While it adds extra pulling power, it is slightly slower than the manual, managing 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds.

Hyundai has yet to confirm fuel economy and emissions figures for N Line models, but we’d expect them to be similar to the standard car which manages around 50mpg with emissions starting at 115g/km.

Read our review of the Hyundai i20 hatchback here.

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