The interior layout, fit and finish
The Hyundai i20N gives you plenty of steering reach and height extension, and the driver’s seat is height adjustable. Lumbar adjustment isn’t included, but that’s not a real gripe because the front sport seats have good lower back support. We dislike the angled seat squab, though, because it digs in to your thighs slightly.
There's a clear view out of the front of the i20N, but rear vision is a little compromised by its chunky rear pillars. Still, you can count on standard rear parking sensors and a reversing camera to avoid any potential prangs.
We’d love a few more physical shortcut buttons for the infotainment system, though, because the touch-sensitive buttons below the 10.3in touchscreen aren’t that easy to use. And while we rate the screen’s graphics and resolution, the software is unusually slow for a Hyundai system. The time it takes to boot up after switching on the ignition and the wait for it to respond after making selections are quite frustrating.
On the plus side, it’s well equipped. As standard, it comes with a DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, built-in sat-nav, wireless phone-charging and a six-speaker stereo. An eight-speaker Bose upgrade is available as an option.
The i20N’s interior quality is slightly disappointing. We know this car isn’t competing against the much pricier Audi RS3 or even the Volkswagen Golf GTI but the proliferation of hard, cheap-feeling plastics and flimsy elements that feel more like flotsam and jetsam don’t stand up well next to the Fiesta, let alone the VW Polo GTI.