2020 Hyundai Veloster N

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2020 Hyundai Veloster N Review: Affordable Hot-Hatch Fun

by Deiondre van der Merwe

Rule of thumb: if you can choose it on Forza, it's probably got something to write home about. With Hyundai's Veloster N, you'll run out of paper pretty quickly. The Veloster N is an affordable challenger to the Volkswagen GTI and the Honda Civic Type R, and it glares in the face of the former. Like most hot hatchbacks, it enlists the help of a 2.0-liter turbo to get its wheels turning, and the 275 horses from the Performance Package do a fine job of it. While the inside of the Hyundai doesn't match the interior offerings from its German and Japanese rivals, what it lacks in luxury, it makes up for in fun. The Veloster N comes in at a much lower asking price than its main rival from Honda, enabling Hyundai to deliver a track-ready hatchback to more enthusiasts than ever before.

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2020 Hyundai Veloster N Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Veloster N?

The Hyundai Veloster is unchanged for 2020.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Affordable price
  • Excellent handling
  • Engaging drive
  • Manual transmission standard
  • Frugal fuel economy figures
  • Discounted materials for the interior
  • Smaller trunk

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2020 Hyundai Veloster N Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Front-Wheel Drive
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2020 Veloster N Exterior

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2020 Hyundai Veloster N Rear Angle View Hyundai
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  • Length 166.9 in
  • Wheelbase 104.3 in
  • Height 55.1 in
  • Max Width 71.3 in
  • Front Width 61.2 in
  • Rear Width 61.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,036.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Chalk White
  • Racing Red
  • Performance Blue
  • Ultra Black

2020 Veloster N Performance

2020 Hyundai Veloster N Front View Driving Hyundai
2020 Hyundai Veloster N Front View Driving 1 Hyundai
2020 Hyundai Veloster N Badge Hyundai

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Manual
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

Three words define the Veloster N from behind the wheel. Fun, fun and fun. This is partly attributable to the fact that the daring hatchback takes its cues from motorsport like the WRC. Eager and agile into the corners even in standard guise, the optional limited-slip differential runs a tight ship and refuses to let the car come unglued from the road beneath it. You'll have to try extremely hard to find the land of understeer in the Veloster N - it may as well be Narnia. When in Normal mode, it becomes surprisingly mild-mannered, the engine becomes less offensive and tames the exhaust note along with it. That being said, it's not fit for brunch with the Queen of England in even its tamest mood, as all that stiffening and aggression we were talking about still shines through the cracks and rougher surfaces will make themselves known through the cabin. It's not a completely terrible suspension setup though, with the electronically controlled dampers to mitigate any real discomfort, but it won't offer a ride quality as comfortable as a Golf. The steering is pleasantly weighted, but lacks a little in responsiveness. If you're planning on taking your Veloster N out on the track, it comes with a lap timer and shift time indicator, so if you grew up playing Need For Speed every day after school, this is your budget-friendly chance to experience it in reality.

2020 Veloster N Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.6 in
  • Front Head Room 38.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 35.9 in

2020 Veloster N Trunk and Cargo Space

2020 Hyundai Veloster N Front Seats Hyundai
2020 Hyundai Veloster N Central Console Hyundai
2020 Hyundai Veloster N Rear Angle View 1 Hyundai
  • Maximum Cargo Space
    44.5 ft³

2020 Veloster N Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Hyundai Veloster N a good Hatchback?

The new N-line Hyundai Veloster is a lovable hot hatchback, with bold exterior styling and an eccentric soul. And, at an affordable price, the Veloster N costs less than its esteemed rivals. Everybody loves an underdog, and that's just what the Veloster N is. A track bravura that flies under the radar, Hyundai's WRC-inspired hatchback offers an engaging drive that's further amplified by the optional Performance Package which adds a limited-slip differential and a 25 hp power boost. The corner-carving Veloster N brings a racetrack feel to a daily commute, and that's all that enthusiasts can really ask for at this price point. Excellent handling dynamics, a powerful engine and frugal fuel economy figures make the Veloster N worth considering if you're looking for a fun hatchback on a budget and its most ideal for young performance enthusiasts who are just getting into it. In comparison to rivals, the Hyundai skimps a little on premium materials on the interior and the inside of the Veloster N is pretty bland, but its eager personality makes the sacrifice worth it.

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2020 Hyundai Veloster N Comparisons

Honda Civic Type R CarBuzz
Volkswagen Golf GTI Volkswagen
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Hyundai Veloster N275 hp22/28 mpg$32,500
Honda Civic Type R 320 hpTBCTBC
Volkswagen Golf GTI 241 hp24/34 mpg$29,880

2020 Hyundai Veloster N vs Honda Civic Type R

The Type R has some tough competition and it comes straight out of Korea. While the Hyundai's 250 hp pales a little in comparison to the Honda's 306 horses, its $9,395 lighter price tag certainly does not. They go head to head in terms of exterior styling, both boasting sharp and futuristic design. The N allows for customizable drive modes and a variable exhaust valve that are both absent from the Type R, but the Honda takes the cake when we evaluate interiors thanks to the use of premium materials and pops of color to keep things interesting. The Veloster N allows for a more personal driving experience, but the Honda wins in terms of refinement and a premium-clad interior. The better car depends on your budget and what you're looking for out of a hot hatchback.

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2020 Hyundai Veloster N vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

Going up against Volkswagen's flagship performance hatchback takes guts, but the Veloster N does it without any shivering at the knees. German interiors are historically hard to match and the Hyundai unsurprisingly falls behind the GTI in this regard. The categories in which the GTI outshine the Veloster N are its premium interior and better fuel economy. The Hyundai takes the cake with its engaging and immersive experience from behind the wheel, and it offers character that is absent from the Wolfsburg-hailing contender. If you're purely focused on performance, the Veloster N is for you, but if you're after some added refinement, the Golf GTI would be the better bet.

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