Hyundai’s hott-with-two-T’s hatchback melds youthful styling with an exceedingly dynamic driving expertise. This instance is painted Korean Air blue (the colour is technically referred to as Efficiency Blue, however I like my title higher), a dusty hue that stands out from nearly every part else on the market. Given the loss of life of hatchbacks obtainable right this moment, the Veloster N’s No. 1 rival is the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the redesigned Honda Civic Kind R. To a lesser extent, this automotive additionally competes with autos just like the Mazda3 five-door, Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ twins, in addition to the Subaru WRX and presumably even the EcoBoost-powered Ford Mustang.
Behind its mesh grille resides a mighty 2.0-liter turbo-four that delivers giant-slaying efficiency. This little engine cranks out 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, figures that are not all that spectacular on paper, however in apply this automotive scoots. Bury the accelerator and the Veloster N leaps off the road with the passion of a Labrador pet, squealing the entrance tires if the street is even the slightest bit dusty or damp. Maintain the pedal pegged and this little rascal continues pulling with uncommon ferocity, even at extra-legal speeds. Moreover, this engine additionally supplies loads of theatrics. The usual variable exhaust system means that you can customise how raucous the automotive sounds. Within the quietest setting, the Veloster N whispers like a Monday-to-Friday commuter automotive. Uncork this technique, although, and it snaps, crackles and pops like a fire-breathing bowl of Rice Krispies.
Backing that engine up is a normal six-speed handbook transmission (hooray!), however for $1,500 extra you may get an eight-speed, dual-clutch computerized gearbox, which is what this instance is fitted with. Yeah, the automated is a bit of annoying at low speeds, the place it may’t match the smoothness of a torque converter computerized, however as soon as the automotive is rolling this unit shifts practically instantaneously. With this elective gearbox, the Veloster N ought to be capable of hit 60 mph in round 5 seconds.
Remarkably, this thundering efficiency doesn’t come on the expense of effectivity. This Veloster stickers at 20 mpg metropolis and 27 mpg freeway. Mixed, it is rated at 22 mpg, although in blended, comparatively accountable driving I am getting greater than 28 mpg in response to the journey pc, which is, frankly, incredible.
The tuning of this automotive’s chassis and steering match its rowdy drivetrain nearly completely. The Veloster N comes with adjustable dampers that present a journey that is both stiff or stiffer. Even of their softest setting these shocks learn the street like Braille, although cranking up the starchiness could make issues downright painful as this hatchback crashes over the slightest floor imperfections. In fact, the automotive’s fashionable, two-tone 19-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile 235/35 Pirelli tires do not assist the journey high quality, both.
The Veloster’s rubber does, nevertheless, present sound dealing with. This automotive’s steering is tremendous sharp, offering speedy turn-in response and a good quantity of street really feel. Remarkably, regardless of this responsiveness, the steering is by no means nervous or jittery. That stiff journey additionally arrests physique roll in corners, although the way in which issues have been tuned, the Veloster does really feel keen to rotate, just like the again finish will come round should you actually push it, one thing that helps this automotive really feel extra alive.
Preserving velocity in test, the Veloster N comes with some critical brakes. Up entrance are 13.6-inch discs, whereas the rear wheels are slowed by 12.4-inchers. All of the rotors are ventilated for higher efficiency, significantly in demanding conditions. Regardless of their stopping energy, the brakes are simple to modulate and haven’t any hassle managing this automotive’s comparatively svelte 3,247-pound weight (3,106 with the handbook transmission).
The Veloster’s inside is a textbook instance of a low-cost cabin that does not make it really feel such as you’re sitting in an affordable plastic storage tote. Most of this inside’s furnishing are exhausting polymers, although attention-grabbing textures, strong development and glorious meeting high quality make this cabin really feel prefer it prices excess of it most likely does. Reinforcing the sense of high quality, all of the buttons and switches really feel good, the perforated leather-based on the steering wheel is gorgeous, and even the air vents transfer with well-oiled slickness.
With a curt 104.3-inch wheelbase and an general size of 167.9 inches, the Veloster N will not be a big automotive, and consequently, its inside is fairly tight. The again seat will deal with a pair of adults, although in the event that they’re of common measurement or bigger, they will most likely begin to complain after half an hour or so. Additionally, the rear-seat passenger sitting on the left aspect of the automotive doesn’t have a door of their very own. As a substitute, they’ve to attend for the motive force to open the Veloster’s single door longer. There are two typical portals on the appropriate aspect of the automotive. Up entrance, the bucket seats are supportive and hug you in corners, although anybody bigger than a malnourished preteen will discover the higher portion of the backrest too restrictive. Sadly, these chairs will not be heated, both.
Cargo house clocks in at 19.9 cubic ft behind the rear backrest. This house would not look that enormous due to the automotive’s tiny hatch, although the realm is deceptively deep. That small opening additionally will increase the lift-over top, making it more durable to load cumbersome or heavy cargo. Fold the Veloster’s cut up rear backrest down and the bags compartment expands to 44.5 cubes, a whopping 10 cubic ft greater than you get within the boxier and visually extra succesful Golf GTI.
Talkin’ tech, this Veloster comes normal with an 8-inch touchscreen. Hyundai’s acquainted infotainment system is as speedy and intuitive as ever, even when it feels a bit cramped on that comparatively small canvas. naturally, Android Auto and Apple Automotive Play are each supported, although the power to attach wirelessly will not be. As for superior driver aids, facilities like forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping help are all normal, ditto for computerized excessive beams and even rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Out there in 4 colours (black, pink, white and that tremendous blue), the 2022 Hyundai Veloster N begins round $33,545 together with $1,045 in vacation spot charges. That is roughly $2,700 greater than an entry-level Golf GTI. The instance evaluated on this evaluation is a mere $1,500 costlier than the bottom Veloster N, trying out for a still-budget-friendly $35,045. The one merchandise including to the underside line is that quick-draw computerized transmission.
The Veloster N is a delight to drive, although given its stiffness and small inside, it isn’t a automotive I might wish to dwell with daily. Nonetheless, this hatchback, together with the same Hyundai Elantra N sedan and Kona N crossover, is oodles of enjoyable and has extra character than some autos costing twice as a lot. Should you’re purchasing for a hopped-up hatchback, or one other entry-level efficiency automotive, the Veloster N ought to completely be in your radar.