N- se­ries gives N- otably more power

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - SI­BONELO MYENI

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.

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