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Hyundai has introduced a faster version of its smallest car and also added sporty styling.
Following the launch of the new i10 at the beginning of 2020, Hyundai has added a sportier N Line version
Standard equipment on i10 N Line:
16in alloy wheels, N Line styling details, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, voice recognition, 8in display audio system, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, SmartSense safety pack
City cars are among the least glamorous forms of transport in the car industry. Aimed at budget-conscious buyers, they have generally been the most economical way for people to make journeys, and whether or not they enjoy the ride is immaterial.
But a few now stand out as models that might be desirable to be seen in, with more vivid colour schemes and styling packs.
Cars such as the Toyota Aygo and Kia Picanto have versions that are clearly intended to appeal to people who care about what they're seen driving.
Perhaps the zenith of its kind is the Volkswagen Up GTI, but others have been quick to catch on with performance that's a stepping stone between rudimentary transport and a hot hatch.
Hyundai launched the latest version of the i10 at the beginning of this year and for the current generation the shape has evolved to be more of a traditional hatchback instead of its high-sided predecessors.
It's now more similar to the Kia Picanto, and while Kia launched a 100hp GT Line in the Picanto range a couple of years ago, Hyundai has just introduced an i10 N Line, using the same three-cylinder turbocharged engine.
Perhaps the slight difference with Hyundai is that the brand is creating a true sports line within its range with its N versions of the i30, with plans to roll out hot N versions of other models too.
The i10 N Line has a styling kit, which while not as eye-catching as the Picanto GT Line, it certainly stands out from other models in the i10 range.
Far from a mere horsepower boost and some bright-coloured trim, Hyundai has also honed the chassis of the i10 N Line, including an increased spring rate, longer rear bump stops, and new rear shock absorbers with enhanced compression control, resulting in improved handling and body control.
The 1.0-litre turbocharged engine doesn't produce fireworks but it's definitely sprightly enough for nipping through gaps in traffic, as well as improved reassurance when needing to overtake slow vehicles.
It also has the same wide range of safety features we praised the rest of the i10 range for earlier in the year, including lane departure warning with lane-keeping assistance, driver attention alert, auto-dipping high beam, forward-collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking.
In terms of fleet application, this car's appeal is still fairly narrow. But if companies are keen to introduce an element of driver choice at a small car level, we could see why there would be interest in the range-topping i10 N Line.