2021 Hyundai i20N: performance and specifications

Hyundai has launched the most powerful version yet of its i20 supermini - the i20N - due in early 2021 to take on the Ford Fiesta ST

James Allen
Nov 29, 2020

Up until 2020, the only true hot hatchback that Hyundai had made was the VW Golf GTI-rivalling i30N. That is set to change in early 2021, however, as that’s when Hyundai will launch its next high-performance hatchback: the i20N sporty supermini.

While the i20N doesn’t have quite the same power and performance as its bigger brother, the car is still set to be a bit of a pocket rocket. The i20N’s 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 204hp and 275Nm, which Hyundai claims is good enough for a 0-62mph acceleration time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 142mph.

Hyundai says the i20N will also be quite a bit more exciting and fun to drive than the standard i20 supermini, thanks to the hot hatch’s stiffer suspension, grippier tyres, bigger brakes and more responsive steering. There’s more to the i20N’s spec sheet than the go-faster parts, too, as Hyundai claims that the car will come as standard with lots of safety equipment.

Prices for the Hyundai i20N will be revealed closer to the launch, though it’s likely the car will set buyers back at least £20,000 when it goes on sale in 2021. That means that the i20N will face stiff competition from the speedy and agile Ford Fiesta ST among others.

Quick facts

  • New Hyundai i20N hot hatch revealed
  • 204hp and 275Nm of torque
  • Claimed 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds
  • Manual gearbox only
  • On sale in early 2021
  • Prices expected from around £20,000

2021 Hyundai i20N power and performance

Under the bonnet of the Hyundai i20N is a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 204hp and 275Nm. This, Hyundai says, allows the car to accelerate to 62mph from a standing start in 6.7 seconds - which, as well as making it a very quick small hatchback, also means the i20N is in the same performance ballpark as other swift superminis like the Ford Fiesta ST (which takes 6.5 seconds for the 0-62mph sprint) and Mini John Cooper Works (which takes 6.9 seconds).

Much like the Ford and Mini, the Hyundai i20N sends all of its power to the front wheels only. Unlike the John Cooper Works, though, there’s no way to specify the car with an automatic gearbox - the i20N only comes with a six-speed manual.

Fuel economy figures will be revealed closer to the car’s launch in 2021. If its rivals are anything to go by, expect the Hyundai i20N to be able to return around 40mpg. This makes it pretty frugal for a performance car, but more thirsty than other versions of the i20.

2021 Hyundai i20N specification and in-car tech

To complement the car’s extra power, Hyundai has also fitted the i20N with a lot of sporty under-the-skin parts that aren’t available on the regular i20. These include grippier tyres, stiffer suspension, larger brakes and a 'limited-slip differential' setup that helps to limit the amount of wheelspin you get when you accelerate and power hard out of a corner.

Full technical specs for the car haven’t been revealed just yet, though you can expect the car to come with a 10.3-inch touchscreen media system and the fully digital instrument display you’ll find on the standard car.

Hyundai has also confirmed that the i20N will be fitted with a lot of safety equipment as standard - ranging from a system that can alert the driver if they’re drifting out of their motorway lane or if there’s a vehicle obscured in one of the car’s blind spot, to an emergency autonomous braking system that can help prevent you crashing into the car in front.

2021 Hyundai i20N interior and practicality

For the most part, the Hyundai i20N’s interior isn’t too dissimilar to the one you’ll find in the standard car. However, being the performance-focused range-topper of the i20 family, the hot hatch does get some extra features that give the cabin a sportier feel.

For example, the i20N comes with new sports seats up front that Hyundai says are exclusive to the car, as well as other details such as an N-branded steering wheel and gear knob. The interior is livened up a bit more with smaller just-for-show touches, such as the light blue accents throughout the cabin.

Practicality details haven’t been confirmed yet, though the i20N should have the same amount of interior space as the regular car on which it’s based. That means there should be good amounts of head and leg room for passengers, and there should be the same 352 litres of luggage capacity on offer in the boot. That's pretty large for a car of this size.

2021 Hyundai i20N price and release date

Hyundai has confirmed the i20N hot hatch will go on sale in the UK sometime during spring 2021. Prices will be revealed closer to launch, though they will likely be similar to the ones quoted for rivals such as the Ford Fiesta ST. That means you can expect the i20N to start from around £20,000.


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