N- series gives N- otably more power
HYUNDAI’S N- Performance has brought us its new and sporty i20 1.4 N- series model in Mzansi.
On the outside, the N- division has done a good job with the sporty bits, which managed to draw a lot of bystander attention during our test period. The Sport Body kit consists of side skirts, front and rear bumper trim finishes and a rear boot spoiler, all of which make it a true N car.
Underpinning modifications include stiffer springs, suspension tweaks also adding a firmer ride, sporty handling and roadholding to the package, making it firmer and reassuring under high speed cornering.
New 17- inch alloy rims, a stainless steel free- flow CAT back exhaust system and N- badges on the front fenders and rear hatchback door sum up its sporty nature.
Step inside and you are welcomed by a dull cabin that leaves a sense of disappointment.
Nothing has been changed from the standard model, of which the N- division could have made minor improvements that could have complemented the sporty exterior.
Beneath the hood is a revised 1,4 litre 4- cylinder en- gine that produces 84 kW/ 160 Nm, allowing the N- Sport to complete the 0- 100 km/ h sprint in a claimed 11,4 sec before reaching a top speed of 182 km/ h.
There is a notable improvement in power over the standard model, which makes driving the N- Sport a joy, however the 7l/ 100 km fuel consumption that we achieved during the test period proved to be a bit high for a 1,4 litre motor but nonetheless, the i20 N- Sport does deliver under enthusiastic driving.
Power is transferred to the front wheels via a smooth shifting six- speed transmission.
On the road, the i20 N- Sport proved comfortable with good road manners when pushed, and with a price tag of R239 000, it is priced to take on the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta.
Hyundai’s i20 1.4 N takes the fight to the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta.