A Closer Look at The 2021 Hyundai i20 N

2021 Hyundai i20 N

Hyundai’s 2021 i20 N strives to make the most out of its subcompact hot hatch class. Despite failing to appease the American motorist who continues to have an aversion towards vehicles of this type, it has made a favorable impression on the more receptive European and Asian automotive audience. Here’s everything you need to know about the Hyundai.

2021 Hyundai i20 N Winner’s Circle

The award-winning N Series that comes from the Hyundai production line saw their 2021 i20 N model continue with that tradition as this model received India’s Car of the Year (ICOTY) award. It also received the title “Hot Hatch of the Year” for 2021, according to the source of UK’s Auto Express. Even to this day, at least among Asians and Europeans, the 2021 Hyundai i20 N is still deemed as the best value money can buy for a car in its class. Brand new, these machines start at the base price tag of $34,306.00 USD.

2021 Hyundai i20 N Schematics

Featuring the new generation 1.6 T-GDi, the 2021 Hyundai i20 N model delivers 204PS and 275 Nm of torque. Now fitted as standard is the new corner-carving differential, launch control, and rev-matching gear downshift technology. There is also a grin control system with five driving modules, as well as a 10.25-inch digital supervision cluster and center console display touchscreen satellite navigation system. Hyundai’s SmartSense Advanced Drivers Assistance System and industry-leading 5-year unlimited warranty is also part of the 2021 i20 N package.

Engine Specifics

  • 1.6 T-GDi 204PS 6 Speed Manual
  • Euro Status – EURO 6d
  • Type – DOHC, D-CVVT
  • Valve – 16
  • Displacement (cc) – 1598
  • Bore & Stroke (mm) – 75.6 x 89
  • Compression Ratio – 10.5:1
  • Max Power (PS/kW) – 204/150 @ 5500-6000 rpm
  • Torque (Nm/lbs ft) – 275/203 @ 1750-4500 rpm
  • 0-62 mph (seconds) – 6.2
  • 50-75 mph (seconds) – 5.8
  • Overboost Torque (Nm/lbs ft) – 304/224 @ 2000-4000 rpm
  • Top Speed (mph) – 142

Suspension Specifics

  • Front – MacPherson Strut
  • Rear – Coupled Torson Beam Axle
  • Steering Specifics
  • System – R-MDPS
  • Steering Wheel Lock to Lock Turns – 2.16
  • Turning Circles (meters) – 5.27
  • Brake Specifics
  • System – ABS with front and rear disc diagonally split
  • Front Brake Disc – Ventilated, Ø320mm
  • Rear Brake Disc – Solid, Ø262mm
  • Braking Distance 62-0 mph (m) – 33.9


  • Overall Length (mm) – 4075
  • Overall Width (mm) (Excluding Mirrors) – 1775
  • Wheelbase (mm) – 2580
  • Weight and Capacity
  • Kerb Weight (kg) – 1190-1220
  • Payload (kg) – 430-460
  • Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) – 1650
  • Max Tow Weight (kg): Braked – 1110
  • Max Tow Weight (kg): Unbraked – 450
  • Gross Train Weight (kg) – TBC
  • Noseweight (kg) – 70
  • Max Roof Weight (kg) – 70
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (litre) – 40
  • Additional Information
  • Front Tyre – 215/40 R18
  • Rear Tyre – 214/40 R18
  • Front Wheel – 7.5J x 18 (Alloy)
  • Rear Wheel – 7.5J x 18 (Alloy)
  • Front Track – 1544
  • Rear Track – 1541
  • Overall Height (mm) – 1440
  • Luggage Capacity VDA (litres): Seats Up – 352
  • Luggage Capacity VDA (litres): Seats Down – 1165
  • WLTP-Low Phase MPG (l/100km) – 32.8 (8.6)
  • WLTP-Medium Phase MPG (l/100km) – 42.2 (6.7)
  • WLTP-High Phase MPG (l/100km) – 47.1 (6.0)
  • WLTP-Extra High Phase MPG (l/100km) – 38.2 (7.4)
  • WLTP-Combined MPG (l/100km) – 40.4 (7.0)
  • WLTP-CO2 Emissions (g/km) – 158

2021 Hyundai i20 N Reviews

According to Motortrend’s review, the Hyundai i20 N is Hyundai’s best driver car they have to offer, despite the fact North American motorists don’t seem to be very interested in it. And, with the 2021 model, their superiority in the subcompact hot hatches remains not only with the company itself but even compared to what other manufacturers have to offer. Coming from Top Gear’s YouTube review, they classify Hyundai’s 2021 i20 N as one of the easiest to understand. Inspired by the World Rally Car, Hyundai, this particular model perfectly matches in key areas such as the rear wing and the car’s weight. The reviewer gives both pros and cons about the 2021 Hyundai i20 N, commenting it has more in common with circuit cars in performance as opposed to the world rally cars.

Car and Driver’s review makes a solid mention of how the 2021 Hyundai i20 N car gets the basics down right, but also points out the futuristic interior appearance outmatches its overall driving performance. However, given the class of vehicles, the 2021 Hyundai i20 N is, there is more focus poured into keeping things mechanically simple. The performance level that typically comes from a subcompact hot hatch vehicle matters more than its fashionable appearances is where it needs to be as the new generation of cars of this class is pouring more attention towards making the most out of today’s mechanical technology, but keep it simple enough to understand at the same time. The review of the 2021 Hyundai i20 N, according to Team-BHP, comments this line-up from the Korean-based car manufacturing company truly shines on the less traveled, B-class roads when it comes to handling its corners and bends. As much as they enjoyed driving this vehicle, they do point out treating it as if you’re on a racetrack would be unwise.

Overall Conclusion

The Hyundai 2021 i20 N is designed as a subcompact hot hatch vehicle. It deserves to be treated like one, so expecting it to perform as if you’re in the Rally 100 will not give you that Mario Andretti feeling. This class of vehicle is meant to get around like a normal person would who wants something smaller, yet performant enough to get around without issues. It is unfortunate that vehicles of this make and model are not as widely received among North Americans as it is elsewhere in the world as it truly is a world-class machine worth driving.

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