2021 Hyundai Veloster N

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2021 Hyundai Veloster N Review: Dynamite Package

Subcompact hatchbacks are a rare sight in the USA, let alone hot-hatches, despite the fact that they have a lot to offer in driving proficiency and enjoyment and pleasant urban meandering. The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N comes imbued with a feisty 275-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder engine and an impressive array of precision-tuned underpinnings that have it measure up admirably against its contemporaries - the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Honda Civic Type R. However, with its second-rate cabin design, cramped rear seats, and diminutive cargo bay, it's not the most pragmatic 5-door vehicle money can buy. But even so, it's one of the most attractive and value-rich cars in the class, with Hyundai presenting the 2021 Veloster N hatchback at a price of $32,250. It comes with a fairly comprehensive array of features, too, and it's reafuel-efficient. The second-generation Veloster N is a fun car, but is its fun-focused design enough?

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2021 Hyundai Veloster N Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Veloster N?

The 2021 Veloster N comes standard with last year's Performance Package. As such, you get 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber, an electronic limited-slip differential, a variable valved exhaust, and a 25-hp boost in power. Other notable improvements include additional standard safety equipment and an upgraded eight-inch display with navigation. Finally, the addition of a new eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission is big news, and up to 278 lb-ft of torque can be unleashed temporarily with turbo overboost. It brings with it steering-mounted paddle shifters and launch control. Golf GTI, be worried.

Pros and Cons

  • Vivacious turbo-four powertrain
  • Impressively adroit handling
  • A golden champion of manual shifting
  • Sporty, vicious exterior design
  • Exceptional value for the money
  • Not as polished as esteemed competitors
  • Manual gearbox is a little uncommunicative
  • Many cheap and hard-touch cabin materials
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Below-average trunk capacity

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2021 Hyundai Veloster N Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive

Veloster N Exterior

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  • Length 166.9 in
  • Wheelbase 104.3 in
  • Height 54.9 in
  • Max Width 71.3 in
  • Front Width 61.2 in
  • Rear Width 61.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,106.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Ultra Black
  • Racing Red
  • Chalk White, Build Out: 10/31/2020
  • Performance Blue
  • Lunar White

Veloster N Performance

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Engine and Transmission

A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 gas engine is what gives the Veloster N hatch its ferocity, transmitting outputs of up to 275 hp and 260 lb-ft through a 6-speed manual gearbox to the hot-hatch's front-wheel drivetrain. The engine provides brisk yet smooth power delivery and the manual gearbox is a blast to use; it's engaging and smooth, but a little difficult to feel out. There is also an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission available, which, while not as engaging, is just as pleasing and delightful with its brilliantly sharp, smooth, and super quick responses. For a 0 to 60 mph sprint time that'll leave the VW GTI in the dust, the DCT is the shifter to go for.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Veloster N Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/28 mpg
* 2021 Hyundai Veloster Base Manual

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

Veloster N Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Hyundai Veloster N Front Seats Hyundai
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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    44.5 ft³

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

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N a good Hatchback?

In terms of performance, the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N is a really proficient and exceptionally entertaining hot-hatch that performs and handles like a genuine sports car. Its peppy engine is complemented by a standard electronically controlled suspension setup and a variable valved exhaust system, which also provides a really sweet soundtrack. It comes standard with some good comforts, conveniences, and driver assists, and the IIHS's review of the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N returned a Top Safety Pick award. This is supplemented by a superb safety rating and a solid reliability track record. That being said, there are several disadvantages to the Veloster N to consider. Though the cabin looks quite modern and nicely laid out, the infotainment touchscreen is unfashionably average, and there are numerous low-grade materials and hard plastics scattered throughout. The second-row seats are quite cramped, too, and there isn't much room presented within the trunk. As a car aimed at enthusiasts, the Veloster N hatchback isn't meant to be a versatile or pragmatic everyday vehicle. So for it is at its heart, this is an excellent little hot-hatch.

๐Ÿš—What Hyundai Veloster N Model Should I Buy?

As the performance-tuned model, the Veloster N is put forward as a specialty, free-standing model. You do get a choice between the manual gearbox or CVT, the former delivering the most fun and engagement, while the DCT brings the speed and driving convenience. Sticking with the manual also spares you a $1,500 upshot in price - money we'd then use to purchase some proper track tires so you can really push the hot-hatch to its limits. The Veloster N hatch looks really good in any of the exterior paint colors, but the Performance Blue contrasts nicely with the black and red accents. If you don't like the overtly sporty impression, the Ultra Black or Racing Red forgo the red accents for a more urbane look.

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