Pros: Quick acceleration; agile handling; snarky high-performance attitude; good control layout; reasonably practical and comfortable in everyday driving
Cons: Compromised rear visibility; dubious functionality of three-door arrangement; rear seat isn’t as spacious as a traditional hatchback
CG Says: The 2022 Hyundai Veloster lineup is vastly pared down: The 2.0, 2.0 Premium, R-Spec, Turbo and Ultimate models are all discontinued. The only remaining version, the high-performance Veloster N, continues unchanged, but it is slated to be dropped at the end of the 2022 model year. Hyundai’s sporty three-door compact hatchback kicked off its second generation for 2019. The Veloster 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.
The Veloster N comes solely with front-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 275 hp. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard; an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. The N is also outfitted with other racetrack-focused upgrades such as performance-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and high-performance tires.
Standard features include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. The Veloster’s 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. The Veloster N is a performance-car bargain. We’re sad to see it leave, but its basic powertrain and attitude live on in the new-for-2022 Elantra N compact sedan and Kona N subcompact SUV.
|Body Style(s)||3-door hatchback|
|Drive Wheels||front-wheel drive|
|Nation of Manufacture||South Korea|
|Base Prices||N: $33,595|
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (N)
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
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