Hyundai hatchback beats Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini in the Top Gear test

Hyundai i20 N “hot hatch” has defeated 26 of the world’s fastest and most powerful performance cars in a test of Top Gear United Kingdom. Here’s what the judges said.

The budget-priced pint size Hyundai i20 N hot hatch has caused a great deal of disruption after beating 26 of the world’s fastest and most powerful cars – including a Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and a Bentley – in Top Gear Britain’s annual “Speed ​​Week” test.

It’s one of the few times in the history of one Top Gear mega test an affordable hatchback has defeated such a large fleet of supercars.

The week-long independent test is judged by a team of Top Gear experts.

Unlike other performance car tests – where the fastest or most powerful vehicle usually wins – Top Gear Britain’s “Speed ​​Week” is focused on sheer driving pleasure.

“It’s small, it’s fast, it’s affordable … in a sea of ​​overpriced (performance cars),” he said Top Gear magazine editor Jack Rix.

That Top Gear teams also addressed the inevitable comparison between Hyundai i20N and Ford Fiesta ST; the former hot hatch favorite was not eligible for this year’s test as it was not entirely new for 2021.

“The big question mark with this car (Hyundai i20 N) was always the Fiesta ST,” Rix said. “Is (Hyundai i20 N) better than Ford Fiesta ST? The bottom line is … they are actually quite different cars.

“The Fiesta probably still has the more playful chassis, but (Hyundai i20 N) is a bit like a baby BMW M3.”

The judges also noted that the Hyundai i20N has an “amazing” level of front-end grip.

“What more do you want for a car that will make you smile every single day?”

In a separate video, Top Gear TV host Chris Harris said, “This excites me more than it does,” comparing the Hyundai i20 N to the new Ferrari SF-90 V8 Hybrid.

In a media statement, Rix said: “Speed ​​Week is always full of surprises. What we did not expect was the most affordable car here to get such a wave through the field for a well-deserved victory.

“But there’s a sharpness about the i20 N, backed by tremendous capabilities and true dynamic polishing, that makes it something of a standout, not just among its peers, but among the entire spectrum of Speed ​​Week,” he said.

Among the 26 supercars tested in the week-long exercise, the Hyundai i20 N was considered to be better than the following for driving pleasure:

  • Porsche 911 GT3
  • Ferrari SF-90 V8 Hybrid
  • Lamborghini Huracan STO
  • Bentley Continental GT Speed
  • BMW M3
  • Ford Mustang Mach 1

2022 The Hyundai i20 N arrives at Australian showrooms this month. Preview-driven media will be held in mid-November.

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Joshua Dowling

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years and spent most of his time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as a motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive at the end of 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.

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