The Hyundai i20N is the second model from Hyundai’s N division and this compact hot hatchback brings a world of fun and still offers practicality.
Beneath the bonnet sits a SmartStream 150kW, 275Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine provides the firepower, and features Flat Power tuning, an active variable exhaust, a rev-matching function, plus N Mode and N Grin Control System.
The potent four-cylinder puts its power down via a six-speed manual and a mechanical limited-slip diff (LSD), while a performance brake package is designed to handle extensive on-track punishment.
There are many motorsport-derived elements, including i20 N’s aerodynamic front bumper design, side skirts and dual level spoiler, which reduce drag as well as the lift generated from the short overhangs when moving at high speeds.
Racy N touches at the front include a black chequered-flag grille insert, a red lip spoiler insert (or gunmetal with Dragon Red exterior), and LED headlights and DRLs.
The interior features a black sports cloth which is comfortable yet racy, and performance-focused while practical.
The European-inspired packaging and low-slung sports bucket seats ensure the ergonomically placed controls fall perfectly to hand, as well as providing ample front headroom and space, and an array of smart storage.
A leather-wrapped wheel with N buttons and Performance Blue highlights and stitching provide a reminder you’re in a pocket rocket, with an extendable centre console armrest adding a touch of extra comfort.
A total of six drive modes are offered, including two custom modes that let you individually map engine response, exhaust noise, steering feel, stability control and rev matching to your desired levels.
i20 N adopts revised suspension bushing design, materials and construction compared with regular i20s giving it a more responsive drive.
A high performance front brake package for i20 N features 320mm front rotors which are fed air via lower control arm cooling air-guides.
These enhancements, and so much more, make for a supremely engaging drive that’s as capable at a track as it is comfortable on a stint to the shops. This makes the i20 N the ideal everyday performance car.