2021 Hyundai i20 N price and specs

Hyundai Australia has revealed pricing for its hotly-anticipated rival to the Ford Fiesta ST.

The 2021 i20 N will arrive in Australian showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2021 priced from $32,490 before on-road costs.

Under the i20 N’s short bonnet is a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine producing 150kW of power and 275Nm of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.

Maximum torque is available between 1750 and 4500rpm and maximum power between 5500 and 6000rpm. Hyundai claims a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds.

This is more than just an i20 with a more powerful engine, with N engineers adding a new anti-roll bar, springs and shock absorbers and 40mm larger front brake discs, as well as making numerous enhancements to the suspension and steering.

The steering ratio has been reduced to 12.0 from 12.4 in the regular i20.

Launch Control is standard, while the i20 N will come as standard in Australia with a mechanical limited-slip differential that Hyundai calls the N Corner Carving Differential.

Drive modes are selectable through the cheekily named N Grin Control System, with the i20 N offering a choice of Normal, Eco, Sport, N and N Custom.

These adjust the throttle, electronic stability control, exhaust sound and steering. You can adjust drive modes through presets on the steering wheel, which also has a button for the i20 N’s rev-matching feature.

Up front, it looks like a shrunken i30 N, especially in that car’s trademark Performance Blue. Compared to the regular i20, which again won’t be sold here, it’s 10mm lower and has a more aggressive stance.

Around back, there are tail lights that are somewhat reminiscent of those on the new i30 Sedan, as well as a rear diffuser and triangular rear fog light much like those of the i30 N. It’s topped with a WRC-inspired spoiler.

Hyundai says the tail lights, darkened compared to the regular i20, are supposed to resemble a black diamond.

Standard equipment in Australia will include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (wired)
  • Satellite navigation
  • 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Bose seven-speaker sound system
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Leather/cloth combination upholstery
  • AEB with pedestrian/cyclist monitoring
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane Following Assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Options for the Australian market include:

  • Premium paint: ($495)
  • Two-tone roof in Phantom Black: $1000

Would you get an i20 N over a Fiesta ST or Polo GTI?

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