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Hyundai i20 N

(2021 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

77
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

85
%
A

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

66
%
A

Reliability Rating:

85
%
B

Running Costs:

64
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

77
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

85
%
A

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

66
%
A

Reliability Rating:

85
%
B

Running Costs:

64
%
B

Summary


The Hyundai i20N is a pacy hot hatch based on the normal i20 hatchback, and the entry level model in Hyundai’s N subdivision of performance cars.

With the ‘N’ being a nod to the German Nürburgring circuit, the Hyundai i20 N is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine which produces 201hp, 46hp less than the next model up in the N range, the Hyundai i30 N. Other than the engine, the i20 N is far more agile than the regular i20 models, with notable improvements made to the chassis, suspension, brakes and steering.

Fitted with its own specifically designed turbocharger and intercooler system, the i20 N is almost half a second faster in a 0-62mph drag race (6.2 seconds) than its close rivals, the Ford Fiesta ST and the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

This impressive pace has not gone unoticed. “This is a car of serious talent”, The Telegraph explains, “one with immense pace, a beautifully poised and precise chassis, and a nose that just won’t quit.”

“It’s a great alternative to the Ford Fiesta ST and much more entertaining than the dynamically dull Volkswagen Polo GTI”, What Car? writes. “You can drive it aggressively and it won’t bite, and when you’re precise, its calm, neutral balance works with you to generate pace.”

The engine performance, body control and handling of this supermini, along with its long warranty, relatively cheap running costs, and good levels of standard equipment have made the Hyundai i20 N a real highlight for the motoring media, although a number of reviews conclude that it isn’t as ‘playful’ as the Fiesta ST while cornering.

Reviewers have also found cause for concern when using the i20 N’s ‘sluggish’ infotainment, as well as its so-so ride comfort, with some of its hot hatch rivals being more comfortable to drive on a day-to-day basis.

As of January 2024, the Hyundai i20 N holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 76%. It scores highly in media reviews and has low CO2 emissions, while running costs are decent and the i20 range tends to be very reliable.

i20 N highlights

  • Pure hot hatch performance
  • Sharp handling and body control
  • Good levels of standard equipment
  • Excellent driving position
  • Suitable for track days and day-to-day driving

i20 N lowlights

  • Rather rigid ride comfort
  • Infortainment lags behind rivals
  • Cheap interior trim in places
  • Sport driving mode makes the steering heavy

Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door hot hatch
Engines: petrol
Price: From £25,250 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: September 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 76%
Child protection: 82%
Vulnerable road users: 76%
Safety assist: 67%

Notes on safety rating

The Hyundai i20 N shares its safety rating with the regular i20 range.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Hyundai i20 N has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Hyundai i20 family has a good reliability record, according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy. This score applies to all i20 models (including the i20 N) from the current generation, as well as previous models (before 2020).

The most common problem are reported by workshops for the i20 is the braking system. Fortunately, the average repair price is about £200. Gearbox repairs have been the most expensive to date, averaging nearly £800 to fix, but these are thankfully rare.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models49 mpgC40 – 53 mpgB – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models133 g/kmA120 – 158 g/kmA – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models20A14 – 27A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£198A
Year 2£509B
Year 3£820A
Year 4£1,030B
Year 5£1,338A
Overall£3,895A

The high-performance Hyundai i20 N is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The car’s fuel economy sits at around the market average, which is good for a petrol-powered performance model, and its insurance premiums are in one of the cheapest brackets. In addition, the Hyundai should be cheap to service and maintain over the course of five years of ownership.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai i20 N has received

2023

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hot Hatchback
  • What Car? Awards – Best Hot Hatch

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hot Hatchback

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hot Hatchback
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • Top Gear Awards – Car of the Year + Best Performance Car
  • Top Gear Speed Week – Competiton Champion

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Singled out at the Ford Fiesta ST's closest rival to date, the Hyundai i20 N is a very talented small hot hatch that is serious fun to drive.Hyundai i20 N