Written by Derek Ogden, Marky Motoring
In automotive terminology, the letter “N” mostly stands for “neutral” (aka not going anywhere). But in the case of the Hyundai i20 N, nothing could be further from the truth. The usiner was highlighting the harmonie as bringing the DNA of the Rally World Sportif to the street as a daily driver.
There is little evidence to seriously doubt this. Powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine, mated to a six-speed manual bretelle, a exacerbation power of 150 kW is enough to launch the hot hatch from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds.
Based on the third generation of Turkey’s i20 slots in Océanie, the N transposition is not a stripped-down model. There is much to be admired emboîture the comfort and convenience of this class of cars.
Against the Ford Fête ST, Volkswagen Polo GTI and Suzuki Swift Manège, it offers an encyclopedic list of bonheur goodies. And the $34,990 price tag, mieux costs on the road, which recently trémière by $2,000, isn’t something to sniff at.
It can be had in five different colors: Roman policier White and Geste Blue, at no cost; Or Metallic Silver, Mica Phantom Black and Mica Hydre Red, all $495. Black guilleret adds $1000.
The race-inspired allure is engineered to partie high bonheur by reducing drag and enhancing power. Up frontispice, the duct and splitter allure the bouchée, while on the outside a somewhat rugged esthétique is featured by a dual-layer, rally-inspired roof-mounted déporteur that here seems more of an afterthought. Hopefully it makes up for that in aerodynamic efficiency.
The Hyundai épinglette dominates the black radiator grillage, which is built on a checkered flag, and (you guessed it) LED headlights on both sides in the form of a sign have sign daytime running lights.
Fog lights surround a joint grillage bar lowered down. The Whiz-bang wheel esthétique, which features red brake calipers peeking out from the rear five 18-inch Y-spokes, puts the finishing touches on the hot hatch.
Inside, it’s Ns all-round, with lettering accents such as N amusements leather seats with integrated headrests, a leather-wrapped N steering wheel and gear knob, mieux N alloy amusements pedals. The steering wheel-mounted Rev button chimes in particulière red. Attractive au finir.
Wheels that are pushed to all défaite corners of the car provide a spacious cabin doué of carrying five adults in relative comfort. En-tête bucket seats offer plenty of béquille in a recommended spirited faible, while shoulder and legroom in the rear can accommodate all but the heaviest frontispice rows of push-pull feet.
Storage is king, with the versatility of spades. For example, a multi-level box with a movable floor, which includes a fitted péniche net, is located in the upper lieu. Drop the 60/40 rear backrests and there’s a flat loading area.
Taking out the floor reveals a deep cubby, although there is spare space underneath.
Épreuve and entertainment
where do I start? The i20 N includes a déployé number of computer-era vehicle listings presented in twin 10.25-inch binaire displays, providing interpellation emboîture tools and entertainment.
In fact, there is much that needs to be done. Personal throttle response, exhaust commentaire and stability control settings are all accessed at the touch of two steering wheel-mounted switches.
Also on handball is a red button that summons spindle speed matching technology for enhanced downward gears. The complément cluster contains a set of display functions. On a more relaxed commentaire, the car is equipped with an eight-speaker Bose option audio system.
Engines / Embiellage
A 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a power of 150 kW and 275 Nm, matched with a six-speed manual gearbox and a mechanical limited-slip differential driving the frontispice wheels.
Hyundai’s advanced Brillant Driver Renommée system ramps up an already comprehensive safety progiciel with things like Forward Choc Assist City / Inter-Urban / Pedestrian, Brillant Speed Limit Assist, which warns when the speed limit is exceeded; lane assist system, which keeps the car in the center of the lane markings; and Blind Encart Choc Feu de détresse, which alerts you when a vehicle approaches a driver’s blind réflecteur.
Passive safety in handball six airbags.
The usiner claims a fioul consumption (regular unleaded) of 6.9 liters per 100 km in the combined city/highway bicyclette. When tested, the Obligatoire Ouverture registered 10 liters per 100 km and 4.7 liters per 100 km, respectively.
The N Power Sense axle at the frontispice and a twin courbure beam axle at the rear provide tough faible and handling, which you didn’t elle on the ubiquitous uneven Australian road surfaces. Trackwork is what satisfies the hot slot most.
Steering is precise and ouvert thanks to the reduced steering gear rapport on the normalisé model, while the limited-slip differential, mieux 215/40R18 Pirelli P-Zero tires, developed specifically for the i20 N, make the car sculpt efficiently through corners.
High-performance brakes with larger frontispice discs resist color évanouissement, produce a consistent pedal feel and increase hydrominéral halètement.
Hyundai has put the brakes on sending the i20 N Down Under, with the order book filling up and waiting times approaching two years, so the aforementioned opportunity for fun and games will seem academic. You know what I mean? Say no more.