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2021 Hyundai Veloster
Select a Different Model (8 Available): 2.0 (Auto) Hatchback
Fuel Economy $ 27 / 34 mpg
Horsepower 147@6,200
Torque 132@4,500
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2021 Hyundai Veloster MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Excellent handling
  • Good value
  • Strong turbocharged engines

Cons

  • Veloster N's stiff ride in N mode
  • Plasticky interior
  • Noisy, underpowered base engine

You won't mistake the Hyundai Veloster for anything else. With its asymmetrical door layout, there's no other vehicle like the Veloster. The oddball hatchback backs up its looks with engaging driving dynamics, especially in R-Spec and N flavors. As expected from every Hyundai vehicle, the Veloster is strong in value thanks to a long list of standard equipment and the car's fun-to-drive character.

What's New

  • The Veloster N gets more standard features, including Hyundai's Smart Senses driver assistance suite and lightweight front bucket seats with light-up N logos
  • Performance package now standard on the Veloster N
  • An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is now available on the Veloster N. The six-speed manual remains standard
  • Veloster 2.0 and Turbo models carry over unchanged

What We Think

The Veloster has evolved from a weird-looking hatchback that couldn't back up its looks with performance to a sporty bargain. Every variant offers fun road manners but the Turbo and N models offer the best bang for your buck considering how much performance you get. Slick shifters and smooth clutch actions make the  Veloster a joy to drive while the linear and precise steering is perfect for tossing the car from one corner to another. Perhaps the biggest highlight is the handling; excellent body control and well-tuned suspension—especially on the R-Spec—provide plenty of fun through the corners without beating you up. The 275-hp Veloster provides track-ready performance; however, the ride becomes exceptionally harsh with plenty of vertical motions if you put the adaptive dampers in its Sport Plus setting. For best results, go into N Custom mode and put everything in Sport Plus except the dampers—leave that one in Normal or Sport mode.

Quibbles with the Veloster include the interior, road noise, and the base engine. Even though the interior has character, there's plenty of cheap plastics. The 2.0 variant suffers from excessive road noise, which can get tiring at highway speeds. The standard 2.0-liter I-4 is also noisy, short on power, and doesn't make up for it in the fuel economy department.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2021 Veloster is available with a choice of three four-cylinder engines.

Model: Hyundai Veloster 2.0, Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium
Engine and Transmission: 
2.0-liter I-4 - six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
Power:
147 hp/132 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
25/33 mpg city/hwy (manual); 27/34 mpg (automatic)

Model: Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec, Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate
Engine and Transmission: 
1.6-liter turbo I-4 - six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power:
201 hp/195 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
26/33 mpg (manual); 28/34 mpg (automatic)

Model: Hyundai Veloster N
Engine and Transmission:
2.0-liter turbo I-4 - six-speed manual or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power:
250-275 hp/260 lb-ft

Safety

IIHS: 2020 Top Safety Pick

All Velosters get forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and drive attention warning as standard. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard starting with the 2.0 Premium grade. Pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control are offered only on the Turbo Ultimate grade.

Technology

A 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on the base Veloster 2.0. The 2.0 Premium and higher models get a larger 8.0-inch unit and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system. N and Turbo Ultimate models get built-in navigation as standard. Turbo Ultimate models get a head-up display projected on a pop-up plastic panel above the instrument cluster.

Recommended Trim

Of all the Veloster models, the Turbo R-Spec is the one to get because its performance is nearly on par with the N model. Additionally, the Veloster Turbo R-Spec is priced around $25,000, making it a bargain for the enthusiast in search of cheap speed. Don't think you're getting a stripped out vehicle, either. This version is generously equipped with many driver assistance technologies, keyless entry/start, supportive sport seats upholstered in two-tone black and gray with yellow contrast stitching, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

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2021 HYUNDAI VELOSTER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter Atkinson
Transmission Name
Transmission, SHIFTRONIC® 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (D6GF1)
Trim
2.0 (Auto) Hatchback
Class
Sporty/Coupe
Horsepower
147@6,200
Standard MPG
27/34
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100,000
Full Warranty Miles
60,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer available to all service branches of the military including National Guard and Reserve branches, veterans and retirees. 01-04-2021
$400 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for College Graduates who finance through HMF. 01-04-2021
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48, 60 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 01-04-2021
$750 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for standard rate retail sales only. 01-04-2021