Detailed Review of the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N


The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N is a fast new car that lets you shift your own gears with top level safety to back you up. You might even be surprised to find that the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N hatchback has more horsepower than the stock Toyota GR Supra. It’s also way cheaper than nearly every other 4 cylinder turbo vehicle on the market.

The 2021 Veloster N doesn’t have any additional model trims. Essentially, it’s a souped-up version of the regular Veloster hatchback. That’s not a bad thing. The Hyundai Veloster is a well-shaped hatchback that makes the most of its small footprint. Here’s a closer look at the top features of the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N.

Performance Specs for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N has a 2.0 Liter, turbo-charged four cylinder engine. It produces 275 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque. The Veloster N is managed by a 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching. An 8-speed wet clutch transmission is optional.  In a world of automatic gearboxes, it’s especially refreshing to manually drive a sportscar. Shift knob or paddle shifters, it’s your choice.

This turbo hatchback gets 22 MPG in urban settings and up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The Veloster N is a front-wheel drive vehicle. It has an electronically controlled suspension system and sport tuned steering. It also has a feature called N Corner Carving Differential. This is a type of torque vectoring system. It allows the Veloster N to lean into turns and corners, delivering torque on demand to simulate all-wheel drive response.

There are five different driving modes that you can toggle from the dashboard screen or steering wheel mounted buttons. There’s Eco, Normal, Sport, N Mode, and N Custom. You can tweak nearly every aspect of your turbo sports car’s performance – the chassis, steering, and throttle response.

Exterior Style of the New Veloster N

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N has distinctive hatchback styling without mimicking anything else that’s on the road. It has four doors if you count the hatch. There’s a quirky rear passenger door, but only on the right side of the vehicle. That’s a bit odd, but not a deal breaker.

From front to back, this turbo hatchback is 167.9 inches long. The Veloster N has a front mesh grille similar to the Toyota Corolla. It’s got 19-inch alloy wheels and Pirelli P-Zero performance tires. The rear of the Veloster N has a gloss black rear spoiler over the hatch and large dual bore exhaust tips. You can customize the exhaust note, too.

One of the only drawbacks to the 2021 Veloster N is that there are only 4 paint combinations. There’s a gratuitous red palette, an ultra-black with red trim, a chalky white with red trim, and performance blue.

Interior Layout

The interior of the 2021 Veloster N hatchback is a bit on the small side. There’s just 109.8 cubic feet of space in there and it’s more suited for solo driving. Rear seat passengers will have to clamber out of the Veloster N using the odd third door.

It’s got lots of spunk though. This affordable hatchback comes with N sport bucket seats that have thick side bolsters and attractive stitching. The standard upholstery is black cloth. The brushed alloy pedals add to the sporty turbo aesthetic. It has a leather-steering wheel for enhanced grip and a matching shift knob, too.

There’s an 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation, drive mode selector, and other infotainment functions. It’s wrapped in budget plastic, but has an easy to use interface. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard.  The Veloster N also comes with an 8-speaker Infinity Premium Sound System and Sirius XM satellite radio.

The rear seats are 60/40 split folding and open the Veloster N hatchback up to 44.5 cubic feet of cargo volume. That’s almost as much cargo space as an Audi Q3. There’s 42.6 inches of legroom in the front and 34.1 inches of legroom in the rear. That’s about the same or slightly better than the GR Supra from Toyota.

Hyundai Safety Gear

Hyundai really hits the ball out of the park when it comes to safety gear. The Veloster N has push button ignition and key recognition to unlock the doors. It’s impressive to see a list of advanced safety features and not have to wade through a list of pricey option packages. Everything comes standard on the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N. You get forward collision avoidance, lane keeping assistance, blind spot warnings, rearview camera, rear cross traffic alerts, and more.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N superior crash ratings for frontal impacts and got the nod for Top Safety pick overall. The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N comes with a 3 year full maintenance service package, too. Just know that it runs out after 36,000 miles. That can really add up if you’re clocking lots of time behind the wheel in your new Veloster N.

At the Finish Line

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N is an affordable turbo sportscar with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of just $32,250. That’s about $5,000 less than the Honda Civic Type R. Although it’s not a speed match for the Honda Civic Type R, the Veloster N does keep up with the turbo four cylinder pack.

This fast little car is also quite versatile. If you’re a novice speed freak, then you might rely more heavily on the LED shift reminder located in the instrument cluster. If you’re a racing pro, then you might spend countless hours tweaking your performance settings on the 8-inch touchscreen.

The Veloster N has impressive safety gear and crash test ratings. It doesn’t have the interior space of other vehicles in its category, but still comfortably seats four passengers. It also has that 3 year maintenance package. So, if you’ve been thinking about the GR Supra or the Type R Honda Civic, then a test drive in the Veloster N might change your mind.