Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster

2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Pros: Decent fuel economy; good control layout; many desirable safety features are standard

Cons: Compromised rear visibility, base engine is not up to Veloster’s sporty aspirations; suspension composure not as polished as some sporty-compact rivals

CG Says: The 2021 Hyundai Veloster adds some upgrades to its sporty N model. The N’s previously optional Performance Package that raised horsepower from 250 to 275, is now standard. A 6-speed manual is no longer the sole transmission with the addition of a new 8-speed automated-manual transmission. Newly standard on N are autonomous emergency braking, lane-following assist, lane-keep assist, driver-attention monitor, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. The other Veloster models are unchanged. Hyundai’s sporty three-door compact hatchback kicked off its second generation for 2019. As with the original Veloster, the redesigned model has one door on the driver’s side and two on the passenger side, as well as a top-hinged hatchback and a steeply sloped rear roofline. All Velosters are front-wheel drive. The base engine is a 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that is paired with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. A 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmission is standard for Turbo models. Topping the lineup is a high-performance N model with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 275 hp. The N is also outfitted with other racetrack-focused upgrades such as firmer suspension, upgraded brakes, and high-performance tires. Standard features on all Velosters include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. The Veloster’s redesign delivers marked improvements over the outgoing model, particularly in terms of available features and rear-seat headroom, and the snarky new N model should attract enthusiast buyers. As before, the swoopy 3-door-hatchback styling looks distinctive and dynamic; it’s more practical than a traditional sporty coupe, but not as spacious or versatile as a traditional compact hatchback. If you like the Veloster’s feel but want a little more room, check out Hyundai’s own Elantra GT 4-door compact hatchback.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 3-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices 2.0: $19,875
2.0 Premium: $24,075
Turbo R-Spec: $24,425
Turbo: $26,725
Turbo Ultimate: $29,425
N: NA

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (2.0, 2.0 Premium)
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Ultimate)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (N)
Horsepower
275
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA