On the inside, the N Line has black artificial leather trim with red stitching and insets on the dashboard. It has a special steering wheel and gear lever with the N logo, paddle shift levers at the back of the steering wheel, and sporty aluminium pedals.
On the outside, the N Line distinguishes itself with dual-tone colours, 16-inch wheels, a spoiler on top of the rear hatch, a twin-tip exhaust muffler, and a specially designed front and rear bumper and a grille.
The i20 N Line is a turbocharged three-cylinder front-wheel drive that gives an output of 90kW and 172Nm. It's linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which can be used in manual shift with paddles on the steering.
The i20 N Line offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a wireless link, which enables it to mirror the functionality of iOS and Android smartphones.
It has a new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver and a high-resolution eight-inch centre touchscreen for the infotainment system has been visually combined.
The i20’s body is reinforced with 36% advanced high-strength steel. Electronic Stability Control, together with an Anti-lock Braking System, and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, form part of the active safety features in the i20 N Line.
Passive safety systems in the i20 N Line include six airbags (driver, front passenger and two curtain airbags). The i20 N Line is also equipped with Isofix latches for child seats.
The N Line’s gearbox doesn’t offer an immediate pull when putting your foot down on the accelerator pedal, but there’s a thrill once it reaches third gear. It’s here where the N Line performs at its best, but the gearbox still doesn’t deliver a smooth experience due to its slowness in changing gears.
There is a silver lining though: the manual option is much better to use as it gives power to the wheels quicker. I spent most of the time using the automatic option though because I chose to drive more conservatively, despite the power and torque that I had at my disposal. The gearbox was my biggest gripe, other than that the drive quality was superb.
The i20 N line is nippy, surprisingly nippy. It’s agile and light on its feet when it has to manoeuvre itself through light high-way traffic and suburban streets. It's firm on bumpy roads and majestic around corners.
It can be heavy on fuel consumption (8.9l/100km), but it can be light depending on driving behaviour (6.8l/100km). It has a great exhaust note and a sporty look. All in all, the Hyundai i20 N Line is a fun car to drive.
The Hyundai i20 N Line’s retail price is R405,900 and comes with a seven-year/200,000km manufacturer’s warranty. If the vehicle is sold, the warranty is passed on to the next owner.
A four-year/60,000 km service plan and seven-year/150,000km roadside assistance also form part of the standard package.