Hyundai i20N review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Hyundai i20N interior infotainment
  • Hyundai i20N front cornering
  • Hyundai i20N rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20N interior dashboard
  • Hyundai i20N rear seats
  • Hyundai i20N interior infotainment
  • Hyundai i20N right tracking
  • Hyundai i20N front right tracking
  • Hyundai i20 N rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20 N front left tracking
  • Hyundai i20 N front right static
  • Hyundai i20 N spoiler detail
  • Hyundai i20 N headlight and alloy wheel detail
  • Hyundai i20N alloy wheel detail
  • Hyundai i20N badge detail
  • Hyundai i20N interior front seats
  • Hyundai i20N boot open
  • Hyundai i20N front cornering
  • Hyundai i20N rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20N interior dashboard
  • Hyundai i20N rear seats
  • Hyundai i20N interior infotainment
  • Hyundai i20N right tracking
  • Hyundai i20N front right tracking
  • Hyundai i20 N rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20 N front left tracking
  • Hyundai i20 N front right static
  • Hyundai i20 N spoiler detail
  • Hyundai i20 N headlight and alloy wheel detail
  • Hyundai i20N alloy wheel detail
  • Hyundai i20N badge detail
  • Hyundai i20N interior front seats
  • Hyundai i20N boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Value is the trump card of the Hyundai i20N, because it's one of the cheapest hot hatches around. True, there are some that cost even less – namely the Abarth 595 and the Suzuki Swift Sport – but none that's in the same league for performance. The closest rival, the Ford Fiesta ST, costs more.

Better still, the i20N is predicted to have competitive resale values that are roughly in line with the Fiesta ST, it’s cheaper to service than the ST and, when we tested them together, it was just as economical (both cars averaged 40mpg in real-world conditions). The i20N does sit one insurance group higher, but that’s unlikely to make much of a difference to your premium.

Overview

Thanks to its old-school spirit, rapid performance and small price tag, the i20N is a brilliant hot hatch. Indeed, it’s an excellent alternative to the Ford Fiesta ST and much more entertaining than the dynamically dull VW Polo GTI. You can drive it aggressively and it won’t bite, and when you're precise, its calm, neutral balance works with you to generate pace.

  • One of the cheapest hot hatches
  • Easygoing neutral handling plus lots of grip
  • Faster than a Ford Fiesta ST
  • Slightly less playful handling than the Fiesta ST
  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • So-so infotainment system
New car deals
Save up to £552
Target Price from £25,198
Save up to £552
or from £351pm
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