The i20 N is Hyundai’s first light hot hatchback.

Offered in a single feature-packed grade, i20 N is powered by a 150kW turbocharged 1.6 litre with overboost function driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual and mechanical LSD. Only a manual, yippee!

It has been set up by Hyundai’s engineers in Namyang, Korea and honed at the famed Nurburgring road course to deliver a ‘corner rascal’ flavour. Hyundai Oz reckons it’s ready to hit the track straight from the showroom.

It has a 10.25-inch colour Supervision digital cluster and 10.25-inch satellite navigation infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

In addition, i20 N is packed with SmartSense safety and driver-focused N technologies.

“We are excited to introduce the i20 N compact hot hatchback, which follows in the tyre marks of our award-winning i30 N,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.

“As the second product from our lauded N Division, i20 N gives customers an attainable, practical and racetrack-capable everyday performance car.

“With an array of convenience and connectivity features, and SmartSense safety and N driving technologies, i20 N is a uniquely appealing light hot-hatch package,” he said.

It’s priced at $32,490 to which delivery and on-road costs have to be added.

Sounds like a great little hot hatch so we will contact Hyundai’s Australian folks and arrange to get a test car for a weekly loan and follow that up with our thoughts.


About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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