2021 Hyundai i20 N on sale now: price and specs

June 17, 2021 by

The new Hyundai i20 N has been officially revealed as the brand’s first supermini-sized hot hatch. Read on for full details.

  • Smaller than i30 N
  • 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 204hp and 270Nm of torque
  • 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds
  • Sports suspension
  • Interior upgrades
  • On sale now
  • Available from £24,995

The much-anticipated Hyundai i20 N is now on sale, becoming the third model in the Europen Hyundai N range . It’s the performance-oriented version of the Hyundai i20 N, and is a key alternative to the Ford Fiesta ST, and serves as an entry model to a performance line-up including the i30 N and Kona N.

2021 Hyundai i20 N price and release date

The Hyundai i20 N is on sale now, with prices starting at £24,995.

Standard equipment is pretty generous. As well as all the go-faster bits, the N gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital driver’s display for no extra cost, plus 18-inch alloy wheels.

There is a handful of options to pick from, though. Performance Blue paint, as well as other metallic and pearl finishes, will set you back an additional £550 while going for a black roof adds another £500. You can upgrade to a Bose surround-sound audio system as well for an extra £500.

No word yet on when deliveries will start but expect the first Hyundai i20 Ns to arrive pretty soon. Oh, and it’s covered by a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty.

2021 Hyundai i20 N design

The all-new, third-generation i20 was launched earlier in 2020, featuring a much more angular, aggressive look than the previous model. The i20 N gains extra sporty features that crank the aggression up a few notches, inspired by both the Hyundai i30 N and the firm’s hugely successful World Rally Championship winning cars.

The front grille features a chequered flag pattern and there’s a lip spoiler below the bumper. Unique side skirts lead to a redesigned rear bumper with a faux-diffuser and central triangular fog light. A big spoiler above the rear window helps press the car into the road at high speed, improving stability.

The N treatment is arguably even more noticeable from the rear.

The front lip spoiler, side skirts and lower rear bumper are picked out in signature Tomato Red – just like on the i30 N. There’s a choice of six body colours, most of them available with an optional black roof. Other sporty design elements include LED headlights, darkened brake lights, N-branded brake calipers a few N badges.

The Hyundai i20 N gets a 204hp 1.6-litre petrol engine. 

2021 Hyundai i20 N engine

The Hyundai i20 N is powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine producing 204hp and 270Nm of torque. That isn’t quite as much as the 2.0-litre turbocharged i30 N (its 2.0-litre engine produces up to 280hp and 392Nm of torque) but it’ll still sprint from 0-62mph in 6.7s and on to a top speed of 143mph. These numbers place the i20 N in the same performance ballpark as the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST.

The power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox while a launch control system should help it make a quick getaway.

The new i20 N features stiffened suspension, a new limited-slip differential and upgraded brakes.

2021 Hyundai i20 N driving

The Hyundai i20 N sits 10mm closer to the road than the standard i20 thanks to its stiffened, lowered suspension. Hyundai has also added what it calls the N Corner Carving Differential – a limited-slip differential that increases grip in corners. The front brakes are also 40mm larger than in the standard i20 for greater stopping power.

There’s also the N Grin Control System (yes, that’s its real name) with five driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, N and N Custom. The first four modes tweak the settings for the engine, stability control, exhaust sound and steering while N Custom lets you program your own mode. You can access your favourite setup through ‘N’ button on the steering wheel.

Inside, you’ll find a new N-specific steering wheel, sports seats and revised touchscreen graphics. 

2021 Hyundai i20 N interior

The i20 N shares its interior with other i20 models, but it has been spruced up with a set of unique sports seats, an N steering wheel, gear knob and metal pedals, and blue trim pieces. A digital instrument display and 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system come as standard, both with i20 N-specific graphics including a lap timer and acceleration timer.

The infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and comes with Hyundai’s own on-line services. A comprehensive suite of driver and safety aids comes as standard, too, including automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning.

You can order a Hyundai i20 N right now.

If you can’t wait for the new Hyundai i20 N, check out the latest Ford Fiesta ST deals or read our list of the best hot hatches on sale

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