2021 Hyundai i20 N revealed: price, specs and release date

Graham King
October 21, 2020

The new Hyundai i20N 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 in 2021
  • Set to cost from £20-25,000

Hyundai i20 N is Hyundai’s first supermini-sized hot hatch. It follows on from the hugely successful i30 N (which has recently been updated for 2021) and is shaping up to give well-established alternatives, such as the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI, a serious run for their money.

A new bodykit helps the i20 N look far sportier than the standard i20. 

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 with the optional Performance Pack fitted) 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’ll be able to order a new Hyundai i20 N in early 2021. 

2021 Hyundai i20 N price and release date

The i20 N goes on sale in spring 2021. Hyundai hasn’t announced how much it’ll cost, but expect to hand over between £20,000 and £25,000 to park one on your drive. For comparison, you can buy a Ford Fiesta ST for around £23,000 or a Hyundai i30 N (without the optional performance pack) for a little over £26,000.

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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