Originally slated for May 2021, the 2021 Hyundai i20 N has been confirmed for an October Australian arrival priced from $32,490 plus on-road costs. This will make the i20 N the most affordable N in the Hyundai range and although it’s the smallest hot hatch the company makes, its 150kW 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will ensure that it packs a punch. Rivals to the 2021 Hyundai i20 N include the $32,290 Ford Fiesta ST and the $27,990 Suzuki Swift Sport.

Under the bonnet of the 2021 Hyundai i20 N is the brand’s familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder which sends power to the front wheels through a sole transmission: a six-speed manual. The i20 N produces 150kW of power and 275Nm of torque (304Nm on overboost). There is also a mechanical limited-slip differential and the 0-100km/h sprint is covered in just 6.2 seconds. The i20 N’s top speed is 230km/h.

As standard, the 2021 Hyundai i20 N includes 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli tyres, half leather/cloth sports seats, a variable sports exhaust, a sporty N driving mode (as part of a drive mode selector), rev matching down shifts, launch control and 320mm front performance brakes. Although we don’t get it in Australia, the N includes a lot of sporty exterior and interior details over the regular i20.

Australian specced variants come fully loaded compared to their European counterparts with a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio and satellite navigation, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, a seven-speaker Bose sound system, wireless phone charging, rear privacy glass, single-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera, auto-folding mirrors, auto headlights and wipers and LED exterior lighting.

Hyundai’s usual array of safety features are also prevalent in the i20 N including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention monitoring and tyre pressure monitoring system.

Available colours for the i20 N include ‘Polar White’ and ‘Performance Blue’ – ‘Sleek Silver’, ‘Phantom Black’ and ‘Dragon Red’ are also available for an extra $495. There is also the option of a black roof available on all colours other than black, which adds a further $1,000 to the purchase price.

Expect to see the 2021 Hyundai i20 N in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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