December 5, 2022

2021 Hyundai Veloster N Is Underrated And Delivers A Fun Commuting Experience  

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N has continued making strides to compete directly with Volkswagen’s GTI and Honda’s Civic Type R. While it’s not as refined as the GTI or as track devoted as the Civic Type R, Hyundai has created a very fun car to drive. In 2021 Hyundai has made the Veloster N more practical and appealing to more with the inclusion of its new dual-clutch transmission that definitely feels better than the 6-speed manual transmission and has done a great job at incorporating the ability to customize the way this hot hatch performs to your liking. It’s very underrated when compared to other Hatches in its class, but it’s definitely worthy of taking a look at because you may enjoy the Veloster N more than you think. The way Hyundai has been progressing FastMint definitely tips its hat to the company. Keep it up Hyundai! 


Starting at $27,820

Horsepower and MPG

Turbocharged direct injection inline 4 cylinder 

Six-speed manual transmission

275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque

eight-speed dual-clutch automatic

275 horsepower and 260 with boost up to 278 lb-ft

22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway

Color Options

Chalk White

Performance Blue

Racing Red

Ultra Black

Lunar White


Hyundai has given the 2021 Veloster N’s its once $2,100 Performance Package as standard equipment this time around. This includes larger brake discs, 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero summer tires, an upgraded exhaust system, and an electronic limited-slip differential. Hyundai also increased the Veloster N’s horsepower to 275hp from last year’s 250. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard and typically I would be excited, but it just didn’t do it for me. The transmission definitely felt inferior to other hot hatches in its class, so I expect Hyundai to make some changes in future models if they decide to keep it as an option.  Hyundai also offers an optional 8-speed (paddle-shift) wet dual-clutch automatic that was developed by Hyundai’s N team. “Wet” means the dual-clutch uses oil to better cool the transmission. This type of system is great for higher torque vehicles while typical dry clutch transmissions are mostly used on vehicles due to them being more efficient. If you choose to go with the automatic dual-clutch transmissions Hyundai has added a plethora of goodies including an over-boost function. The over-boost function will increase the engine’s torque by 18 lb-ft for up to twenty seconds. There are different driving modes that you can select on the infotainment display that gives you the ability to adjusts the steering, engine, electronic limited-slip differential, stiffness of the suspension, rev-matching, Launch control, exhaust, and stability systems. This mode is known as N mode and it allows you to adjust each parameter to your liking. If you want the best mode for performance Hyundai placed a steering wheel button that allows one click, and the computer gives you the best settings. When in race mode expect the exhaust valves to open up making the car burble and pop at will. The manual transmission can reach zero to sixty in 5.9 seconds while the dual-clutch achieves it 0.3 seconds faster. The Veloster completes the quarter-mile in 14.1 which is a bit slower than I would want. I believe for this car to compete with the best in its class Hyundai needs to drop the Veloster N’s time to mid-thirteens, but regardless of the inferior times when compared to its rivals, it’s still a blast to drive.

Fuel economy

The manual transmission Veloster N gets average fuel economy and is right in between its rivals being the Honda Civic Type R and the Volkswagen GTI getting up to 22mpg in the city and 29mpg on the highway. The automatic DCT transmission is going to surprise a lot of people by getting worse fuel economy than the manual. It loses 2 mpg in the city and 1 mpg during highway commuting.

Safety features 

Standard lane-keep assist

Standard forward-collision warning

Standard blind-spot monitoring


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Interior hasn’t changed much compared to its 2020 version, but Hyundai added some lighter performance seats with an N logo that actually illuminates blue when parked. It goes great with all the blue accents throughout the cabin. The seats will only save you 4.4 pounds when compared to Hyundai’s standard seats. It’s not much, but any weight saved is good weight saved. The seats are constructed of cloth and leatherette and include heated elements. The seats are comfortable in the front and feel better than last year’s, but the rears are a bit too compact for my liking. The rear seats are foldable, giving you the ability to store quite a bit of thing. The only complaint that I have is that the rear hatch opening is quite small. The cup holders 


The infotainment center is an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that is a floating tablet design. I personally think it needs a redesign. It works great and has everything that you would want in infotainment to get you through your day, but it just looks awkward and the floating design just doesn’t look appealing. Not only does the display give you tweaking ability over the performance of your vehicle it also gives you Bluetooth hands-free with voice recognition. SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as  Android Auto and Apple Car Play, is also included. Hyundai is also offering 3 years of complimentary Blue Link Connected Car Service. This includes Remote start with climate control, remote door lock and unlock, full on-demand diagnostics including alerts, destination search as well as the ability to find your vehicle on your device if you’re within a one-mile radius. If you want to jam out an 8-speaker Infinity sound system comes standard and may encourage dance battles with your passengers.


Limited warranty 5 years/ 60,000 miles

Powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles

Complimentary maintenance 3 years/ 36,000 miles

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