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Hyundai is teasing us with the new i10 N Line

Sporty styling, but only 99bhp. Come on Hyundai

Published: 10 Sep 2019
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We like the Hyundai i30N very much. For its first attempt at a hot hatch, Hyundai’s new performance division certainly got plenty of things right.

Unfortunately, the new i10 has only been given the ‘N Line’ treatment. Think of it like Volkswagen’s R-Line – there’s sporty styling and even a new engine, but it’s not even close to being the baby hot hatch we were craving.

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It looks good though, doesn’t it? The new grille seems to suit its sporting addendums and there’s redesigned bumpers at both ends, with a dinky diffuser at the rear. The 16-inch alloys are also exclusive to the N Line, as are the red touches here and there.

The new engine is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo. It manages 99bhp and 127lb ft of torque, but if that’s too much for you there’s also the 1.2-litre four-cylinder with 83bhp. Easy tiger.

Both will come with a little five-speed manual gearbox, which we hope will make the i10 N Line reasonably fun to drive.

Inside, there’s more red and some sporty seats, as well as an N-branded steering wheel and gear lever. We can’t help but wish it was a proper N car though. Pleeease, Hyundai?

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