Hyundai i20N review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Hyundai i20 N 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 boot open
  • Hyundai i20N 2021 front cornering
  • Hyundai i20N 2021 rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 interior dashboard
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 interior rear seats
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 interior infotainment
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 right tracking
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 front cornering
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 badge detail
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 headlight detail
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 rear lights detail
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 rear spoiler detail
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 interior front seats
  • Hyundai i20 N 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Hyundai i20N is one of the cheaper hot hatchbacks, although if you’re prepared to trade some equipment and a couple of doors, you can buy a three-door Ford Fiesta ST-2 for a few thousand pounds less. The Suzuki Swift Sport will save you quite a bit of cash, but that’s nowhere near as good.

In other ways, the i20N is fairly cost effective. It’s predicted to have competitive resale values that are 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. To top off the similarities, the i20N and the ST are also in the same insurance group.

If you include safety equipment, that list grows with automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane assistance, traffic-sign recognition and e-Call emergency response. However, we can't tell you how safe the i20N is because it hasn’t been appraised by Euro NCAP yet.

The Hyundai brand featured in our 2021 What Car? Reliability survey, though. It did very well, finishing in joint third, while Ford was a lowly 27th out of 30 manufacturers rated. Hyundai offers a very handy standard warranty: five years with unlimited mileage.

Hyundai i20 N 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

We rather like the Hyundai i20N. It’s a great alternative to the Ford Fiesta ST and much more entertaining than the dynamically dull Volkswagen 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. Either way, there’s no doubting it’s as fast as the Fiesta ST in most respects. By the smallest of margins, we’d say the Fiesta ST’s extra playfulness makes it a little more fun.

  • Ford Fiesta ST-rivalling performance
  • Easygoing neutral handling plus lots of grip
  • Reliable, long warranty and relatively cheap to run
  • Less playful handling than the Ford Fiesta ST
  • Accelerator response is disappointing
  • Sluggish infotainment system