The new Hyundai i20 N junior hot hatch will arrive later this year at an affordable price.
The 2022 Hyundai i20 N will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2021 with a list price of $32,490 before on-road costs.
Pint-sized and full of fizz, the new i20 N arrives as a junior sibling to Hyundai’s successful first hot hatch, the i30 N.
We’ve driven the i20 N on track and found it a bag of fun – possibly even better than the i30 N.
A forthcoming facelift and price hike to the i30 N means the hot new i20 will be considerably more affordable, with a substantial $12,010 gulf saving for those opting for the smaller car.
Like the Ford, the i20 N is available only with a six-speed manual gearbox with selectable auto rev-matching, while the Polo GTI is sold only with a dual clutch automatic gearbox.
Meanwhile, the larger i30 N is now available for order with a choice of a manual transmission (from $44,500) or a new eight-speed dual-clutch auto (from $47,500).
Under the bonnet of the rally-bred i20 N is a 1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder borrowed from the larger i30 N Line and Kia Cerato GT – but here it produces 150kW and 275Nm, with a more muscular 304Nm of torque available on overboost.
Those overboost numbers are good enough to make the i20 N the most powerful in segment, besting the 147kW/290Nm Fiesta, while the Polo GTI continues to be the torquiest with 147kW/320Nm.
Weighing in at just 1,213kg, the i20 N is 265kg lighter than its larger sibling, the i30 N – meaning its claimed 6.2sec 0-100km/h time is just 0.3sec behind the bigger hatch despite being at a disadvantage of 56kW/88Nm.
The i20 N is front-wheel-drive, but a mechanically-locking limited slip differential is fitted as standard, as is a beefy performance braking package beneath 18-inch wheels and Pirelli P Zero HN rubber.
This new entrant should provide WRC fans with a much less expensive rally-inspired road car alternative to the $49,500 all-wheel-drive Toyota GR Yaris, which is similar in size to the Hyundai but sits in the class above on performance terms.
Unlike the i30 N, which is available with a luxury option package, just one specification of i20 N will be available to Australian buyers from Q4 2021.
For Australia, the i20 N will be quite generously equipped. The standard equipment list takes in:
Five colours will be offered, with three colours being offered at no cost. These free colours are the Hyundai N hero colour, Performance Blue solid, as well as Polar White solid and Sleek Silver metallic.
A further $495 buys Phantom Black mica or Dragon Red mica, while a contrast black roof can be optioned to any other colour for $1,000. No further options are available.
The i20 N comes with a decent list of standard safety technology for a light car, including:
A crash test rating is not yet available for the i20 N.
The i20 N will be generally available in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2021, which spans October 2021 to December 2021.
A full review will be available when the i20 N is launched in Australia in the coming months.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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