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.