NEW DELHI/UDAIPUR: Hyundai Motor India aims to rekindle the segment of hot hatchbacks with the i20 N Line. It looks premium, priced close to the regular i20, and drives with spirited intent. To find out the last bit, we are headed to Udaipur from the National Capital.
The media event scheduled over the weekend in the city of lakes, we decided to drive down the Venue Sport to meet the i20 N Line. The reason behind choosing the particular car is the ethos it shares with the incoming N Line hatch.
Both the products are closely priced and are special variants of Venue and i20. The Venue inside-out has plenty of design inspiration going hand in hand with the i20 N line, especially the usage of red accents and darker shade of fabric to denote agility.
About 650 kilometers on the odometer, the road connecting Delhi and Udaipur via NH48 and NH58 is one of the finest motorable routes in the country. Barring a few patches of the under-construction zone, the sweeping highways bypasses Jaipur, Ajmer, and few other key cities in Rajasthan.
Chose to start in the evening, we were confident the nippy and compact Venue will not disappoint to lap up open roads in the dark. For the folks interested to take up the trip, don’t worry about the eateries on the way. You will find aplenty to your liking. The toll charges from Delhi to Udaipur are roughly Rs 500.
Creta, Alzacar, Verna, and a handful of other Hyundai cars in the market, there was a particular reason for picking the Venue Sport. This sub-compact SUV launched in 2019 turned out to be a game-changing product for the Hyundai. Moreover, celebrating its anniversary, Hyundai introduced the Sport trim of Venue last year in turbo and diesel guise. The N Line also arrives almost a year after the introduction of the new i20.
Venue comes in three engine options. The 120-hp 1-litre turbo-charged unit under the hood of the Venue is identical to the i20 N Line. In fact, the Sportz trim saw the introduction of India’s first iMT gearbox (clutch-less transmission) and DCT was also an option. The similarity sets in as the first N Line product in the country is also arriving in this engine and transmission combination. The Venue Sport, however, is also available in a frugal-yet-punchy 1.5-litre diesel unit.
India is among a few of the leading auto markets globally to get the N Line, and the body kit brings in a host of exclusive N-badged elements, starting from grille to the alloy rims. Mechanically, according to Hyundai, the car is improvised over the regular i20. Otherwise, there is plenty common between the Venue Sport and i20 N Line on the spec sheet. Dimensions are closely matched, while features like touchscreen, connected tech, wireless charging, and sunroof are shared.
Udaipur remains a leading tourist spot, being well connected via air, road, and railways. The city is refreshing, calm and colourful. A weekend stay or longer here is also enriching. Similarly, the Venue Sport and i20 N Line are closely priced and are suited for individuals with a dash of adventure, who seek vibrancy in every step of their lives.
i20 N Line: Rs 9.84 lakh – 10.87 lakh (ex-showroom)
Venue Sport: Rs 10.40 lakh – 11.85 lakh (ex-showroom)