2021 Hyundai i20N hot hatch revealed: price, specs and release date

New Hyundai i20N hot hatch gets 201bhp from its turbocharged petrol engine and can hit 62mph in 6.7sec...

Hyundai i20N front

On sale Spring 2021 | Price from £23,000 (est)

Could the Hyundai i20N be the second lightning bolt from the Korean brand's hot hatch stable? It's already shown it can produce a corker, with the larger i30N beating Volkswagen's Golf GTI to win its price point at our 2020 Car of the Year Awards. And now Hyundai is trying to repeat the trick.

Based on the upcoming third-generation i20 small hatchback, the i20N is a rival for the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI. It echoes its larger sibling with a more aggressive design than the standard car, including larger air intakes in the front bumper, a bespoke rear spoiler and a 10mm reduction in ride height.

2021 Hyundai i20 N rear

2021 Hyundai i20N engine and performance

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 201bhp – matching up well with the 197bhp of its key rivals. It will keep pace with the Fiesta ST and Polo GTI in a sprint from 0-62mph, too, taking 6.7sec, with a top speed of 143mph. 

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and buyers can also specify a limited-slip differential for maximum traction out of corners. Additionally, selectable driving modes allow you to tailor the car’s steering, exhaust sound and stability control system to your liking.

Hyundai says in its journey from i20 to i20N, the car’s underpinnings have been strengthened and its suspension reinforced, as well as having larger, high-performance brakes fitted.

2021 Hyundai i20 N interior

2021 Hyundai i20N interior

Inside, the i20N features sports seats, as well as a new N-specific steering wheel, gear knob and pedals. Most other features are identical to those of the regular i20, but the N’s digital instrument cluster features graphics designed to show you the optimum time to change gear, while the rev counter’s red line is automatically lowered until the engine has warmed up.

Safety kit includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance and blindspot monitors. 

2021 Hyundai i20 N front

2021 Hyundai i20 N price

If the mark-up in price between the i20 and i20N is similar to that of the i30 and i30N, expect Hyundai’s smallest hot hatch to start from around £23,000, making it more expensive than the Fiesta ST (£21,655), but right in line with the Polo GTI (£23,350).


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