2021 Hyundai i20 N: Potent Fiesta ST rivalling supermini revealed

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Author: | Updated: 22 Oct 2020 18:59

Say hello to the Hyundai i20 N – a potent little supermini that’s aiming to take on the likes of Ford’s Fiesta ST.

Here’s what you need to know.

Hyundai i20N lead

With a 1.6-litre engine producing 204hp, it gets from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds, while a host of suspension upgrades and interior enhancements add to the sporty feel.

Exterior

On the outside, it’s based on the standard i20 supermini, albeit with inspiration taken from the larger, sportier i30 N.

Hyundai i20N front

That means a unique front grille design that resembles a chequered flag, a notably sportier front bumper, a beefier body kit and, at the back, a spoiler on top of the roof.

The body kit and sportier trim are marked out in red, just like the i30 N. As for body colours, there’s six to choose from, while an optional contrasting black roof will be available too.

Interior

Hyundai i20N interior

The interior is much the same as the standard car, although there are some nice additions. These include a set of front sports seats, an N-specific steering wheel, aluminium pedals and a host of N-specific trim bits too.

It gets the same impressive 10.25in infotainment system as other i20s, although it benefits from sportier graphics and even features its own lap and acceleration timers.

Hyundai i20N back

Engines and gearboxes

The turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 204hp – pretty much on par with the Fiesta ST – its main rival. With a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph, those figures tally up with the Fiesta too.

All models feature a six-speed manual gearbox, while the driver has five modes to choose from. It’s called the N Grin control system and features: Normal, Eco, Sport, N and N Custom.

Hyundai i20N rear

The latter allows you to set up the car’s feeling to your own requirements. The i20N gets a launch control system too.

Set to hit UK roads in the first half of 2021, no price has been announced yet, but we expect list prices to start from around £25,000 when it arrives. We’ll bring you more details as they are revealed.

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