Sport drive mode actually makes the motor more responsive lower down; combine that with a proper M mode, you can really have some fun around twisties and B-roads.
BHPian Chetan_Rao recently shared this with other enthusiasts.
I’ll give you an apples to apples comparison.
Drove the i20 N-Line pre-facelift and facelift back-to-back. Pre-facelift had a Sport mode on the gearbox, but Hyundai took it off the facelift (only D & M on the gearbox now), and added Eco-Normal-Sport engine drive modes instead.
It solves two issues people had with the pre-facelift:
- When you want to potter around town and don’t care about lag because you’re not getting anywhere in a hurry, Eco-Normal works great to mute throttle response and remove the turbo-lag induced low-speed, mid-rev jerkiness. It’s slow(er) and smooth(er), perfect for traffic and avoiding PDA with the car ahead of you.
- Sport drive mode actually makes the motor more responsive lower down; combine that with a proper M mode, you can really have some fun around twisties and B-roads. It’s not a night & day difference, but you can tell the peppier drive mode is more fun that just the gearbox holding revs and delaying upshifts.
I was skeptical going in and not a fan of removing things, but I prefer the newer setup.
Friendly BHP-ian ChiragM’s pre-facelift N-Line on some fantastic B-roads along the Arkavathi river near Ramanagara. Small packages can be fun with the right bits!
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