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 grip because the sports front seat has 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 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. Full LED headlights are standard, which is an advantage over the LED dipped beams (not main beams) you get as standard with the Ford Fiesta ST.
On the plus side, it’s well equipped. As standard, it comes with a DAB radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto 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 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.