- The Hyundai i20 N has been named overall Car of the Year at Top Gear’s annual awards, outperforming cars from across the world’s most evocative brands
- Hyundai bestowed with Manufacturer of the Year, recognising overall breadth of ability across model line-up and diverse cast of characters on sale
The i20 N recently triumphed at the Top Gear Speed Week test to claim coveted Performance Car of the Year title from a group of 26 contenders during a series of thorough tests. The judging panel – comprised of Top Gear’s expert editorial team alongside Chris Harris and The STIG – crowned the i20 N overall winner after a series of grueling tests against models from some of the most evocative performance car brands in the world. The combination of i20 N’s thrilling handling and rounded abilities ultimately won the team over.
On i20 N winning Car of the Year Jack Rix, Editor of Top Gear Magazine, said:
We already knew how brilliant the i20N was after it brushed aside 25 other competitors at our recent Speed Week test to claim our coveted Performance Car of the Year title. But you don't win the top prize in our annual Awards without proving your all-round brilliance. Having shone on British racetracks and B-roads we decided to throw it in at the deep end to prove its greatness, with an adventure across the Australian outback. What we discovered was a low-slung hot hatch that remained both comfortable and completely unflustered across oppressively large distances, and on washboard road surfaces. A little Hyundai hatchback that did so well, so far out of its comfort zone, that it was impossible to do anything but make it our overall Car of the Year.
The all new i20 N builds on the strengths of Hyundai's renowned, performance focused N brand and the success of the recently launched all new i20. Hyundai's latest sporting icon also takes inspiration and engineering values from the multiple-rally-winning i20 Coupe WRC car. It’s equally at home delivering its unique brand of exhilarating performance both on the road and racetrack.
As if winning Car of the Year was not enough, Top Gear have gone on to recognise the sheer talent across the Hyundai model range, honouring the brand with Manufacturer of the year. Through 2021 Hyundai has launched a broad mix of new models across categories, from the i20 N that delivers World Rally Championship-inspired styling and performance from just £24,995, to the all-new battery-electric IONIQ 5, the first model in its new IONIQ line-up.
On Hyundai winning Manufacturer of the Year Jack Rix, Editor of Top Gear Magazine, said:
We’ve been here before. Three years ago, we named Hyundai our Manufacturer of the Year. That was based on a trio of impressive products, both naughty (the i30N hot hatch) and nice (the hybrid Ioniq and electric Kona). They all remain on sale, joined by an even more diverse cast of characters. This year, it's the sheer breadth of talent in Hyundai's line up that swayed us: hot hatches (i30N, i20N), hot crossovers (Kona N), hydrogen fuel cell cars (Nexo) and EV that looks and goes better than anything out there (Ioniq 5)... Hyundai is smashing it right across the board. We’ve known for a while that the Koreans are coming. Well, they’re not any more. They’re here, and they’re doing it better than anyone else.
The Top Gear Awards recognise the best the industry has to offer. I’m delighted to see Hyundai recognised as Industry leader for its product with i20 N lining up against genuine icons of the car world and toppling all of them to take overall Car of the Year. To then go on and take Manufacturer of the Year is testament to the design innovation and technical prowess built into our entire range. Hyundai offer the most diverse range in the industry and has cemented itself as a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, including its fully-electric Kona Electric and game changing IONIQ 5.