Friday, September 13, 2019

The Hyundai i10 N Line is a Turbocharged Pocket Rocket


About a week ago, Hyundai showed off its new i10—their smallest car that comes packing with tech normally found in larger, more expensive cars. Their engineers wasted no time in coming up with a hotted up version and naturally, it falls under Hyundai’s sporty N Line: meet the i10 N Line.

Now, for those attuned to Hyundai’s name convention, N Line models typically feature just aesthetics and handling upgrades rather than full-blown sporty changes. For the i10 N Line they’ve made an exception and bolted in a turbocharged engine too.

Granted that the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged motor in the i10 N Line won’t light up the spec sheet on fire, but imagine 100 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque in a car that’ll probably weigh just a ton—you have a recipe for a true pocket rocket. The best part? Hyundai’s not bolting on any fancy transmission here, they’re sticking to a tried-and-tested 5-speed manual.


Along with the new engine, the i10 N Line has exterior and interior enhancements to communicate its newfound sportiness. These include redesigned bumpers, a new grille, re-designed LED DRLs, and of course spattering of red hues (including on the i10 badge itself). The changes out are completed by exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels shod with 195/45 R 16 tires. Inside, it gets red air vent rings, sportier seats, and of course, N-branding on the steering wheel and shifter.

The Hyundai i10 N Line is actually the fouth “forbidden fruit” in the N Line. Destined only for Europe, it joins the i30, i30 Fastback, and Tucson in getting an N Line variant. For the Philippines, the only N Line available (by order basis) is the Veloster N.

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