The New Hyundai i10 N Line Is Like A Classic Hot Hatch

Good things can come in small packages. 

Hyundai UK has recently unveiled the new i10 N Line, a tweaked performance version of their multi award winning city car. 

Said to be inspired by its i30N hot hatch big brother, the Hyundai i10 N Line is not a full N performance version, but more like what the M sport packages available for non-full fat M models in the BMW range, or the AMG Line for Mercedes models. 

That being said, the performance tweaks made to this nippy South Korean City car are quite extensive. Under the bonnet of the i10 N Line a new 3 cylinder 1.0 turbocharged petrol engine that outputs a healthy 100PS and 172Nm of torque. Mated to a proper three pedal box, this one tonne supermini rockets to 100 kmh in 10.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 115 mph. 

The chassis and suspension has also been given some fettling with an increased spring rate, longer rear bump stops and new rear shock absorbers with enhanced compression control. Thus making this tiny hatch even more fun to fling around in the corners. 

To set it apart from the regular i10s, the N Line receives a bespoke N front grille with integrated LED daytime running lights, N Line badging on the front wings, rather excessive dual chrome exhaust tips and a new LED rear light cluster. N Line specific 16 inch alloy wheels wraps up the exterior distinctions. 

On the interior meanwhile, the sporty i10 features a N branded steering wheel and gear stick, N Line cloth seats with red stitching, rear privacy glass, black roof liner and rather gaudy red air vent details.

Being a Hyundai though, all the sensible features found in the i10 remains on the N Line. This includes the 8 inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a full array of active safety features as part of the standard SmartSense safety package. Not to mention the standard Hyundai 5 year unlimited milage warranty. 

Priced from £16,195 (RM 88,500), it may seem steep for a what is a slightly tweaked supermini. However this could be the new embodiment of the slow car fast creed. And much like its VW Up! GTI rival, the new i10 N Line would also probably sell like hot cakes, which is good news as the world needs more of these peppy little tweaked tiny hatches. 

More information can be found in the press release below: 

Hyundai Motor UK has announced the pricing and specification of the i10 N Line, the latest addition to Hyundai’s multi award winning city car range, which goes on sale on the 30th July.

Along with Hyundai’s other N Line models, the i10 N Line introduces a number of external and internal design features influenced by the lauded i30 N, as well as chassis enhancements specific to the model. i10 N Line also introduces the 1.0 T-GDi petrol engine, offering 100PS and 172Nm of torque from only 1500rpm.

N Line styling changes over the rest of the i10 range include exterior features such as a bespoke N Line front grille with integrated LED daytime running lamps, unique design N Line 16” alloys, N Line badging to the front wings, dual chrome exhaust tips, rear LED combination lamps and red stripe finishing to the front and rear bumpers. Interior design features include N branded steering wheel and gear stick, N Line cloth seats with red stitching, rear privacy glass, black roof liner and red air vent details.

As well as styling, i10 N Line also introduces a number of powertrain and chassis changes over the standard model. These include the introduction of the 3 cylinder 1.0 T-GDi petrol engine with 100PS and 172Nm of torque, giving a 0-62 time of 10.5 seconds and a 115mph top speed. Chassis changes for i10 N Line include an increased spring rate, longer rear bump stops and new rear shock absorbers with enhanced compression control.

Whilst i10 N Line features different styling features, the model still follows the rest of the i10 range with a high level of standard connectivity in the form of standard Bluetooth® with steering wheel controls and voice recognition and an 8” display audio system with subscription free Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. An optional Tech Pack adds both navigation and Hyundai’s Bluelink® telematics system which carries a free of charge 5 year subscription. Bluelink® is a smartphone app based connected car service that enables drivers to carry out a number of different functions whilst away from their vehicle, including remote central locking activation and vehicle parked location information. In addition to the driver convenience features, Bluelink® serves as a convenient diagnostic tool which will notify the driver of any vehicle maintenance issues that require attention. In addition to the above, the optional Tech Pack also offers wireless charging for compatible devices.

i10 N Line also includes the same comprehensive SmartSense safety package found as standard across the i10 range. The SmartSense safety package includes Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) with integrated Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and eCall, which can automatically dial emergency services in the event of a serious accident, shortening response times and improving post-accident protection. Customers choosing the optional Tech Pack also benefit from Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW).

i10 N Line is available in a choice of 4 colours, with a no cost option solid finish and a choice of 3 pearl finishes for £550.

Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK said “When we launched the all new i10 earlier this year, we brought to market a vehicle that combined the talents of a leading city car with the specification associated with cars from the class above. i10 N Line strengthens that proposition even further with its N influenced styling, higher performance from the T-GDi petrol engine and dynamic enhancements to the chassis.”

All New i10 N Line models come with Hyundai’s industry leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Roadside Assistance package, 5 Year Annual Health Check, and 12 Year Anti Corrosion Warranty. 

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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