Review: 2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT
All the details on the hot hatch at the top of Hyundai's N product line up.
I have had the keys to the dual clutch transmission model of the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N for the last week. I am going to take some time and tell you all about what you get in this hot hatch package and what I thought about it.
What you get
The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N is powered by a 2.0 liter twin turbocharged inline-4 which puts out 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That performance heart is mated to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission and makes its way down to the front-wheels.
On the performance front, N is the name. Everything gets some unique N-related name. There is the N Grin Control which is essentially the drive mode system switching between Normal, Eco, Sport, N, and N Custom. The N Electronic Stability Control system, the N Power Sense Axle, the N Sport Front Seats, the N gauge cluster, even that DCT has N in the name. N, N, N, its all N.
The interior features those unique N front seats with you guessed it N branding and some harness pass through holes. Along with the seats you are reminded you are in a Veloster N with the light purple shaded seat belts and light purple shaded drive mode/checkered flag buttons on the steering wheel. For a detailed look at the interior of the 2021 Veloster N, check out my detailed walkthrough below:
On the exterior, this particular Veloster N featured Chalk White paint, unique 19 inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero summer tires, and a unique wing with carbon fiber ends.
If you set a bar and said pick a vehicle to buy for under $35k. My pick would be a DCT Veloster N. I drive quite a bit of cars in a year and if you cut 2021 short and said what is your favorite car in the year so car it would be this Veloster N and here is why. It tickles every car enthusiast bone in my body.
It might not be the most powerful hot hatch, but you don't need the most horsepower. Quoting horsepower figures might be super fun at cars and coffee, but like you may have heard me say before all you need is 300 on the road and the Veloster N gets close with its 275.
What the Veloster N does is its ability to make me feel young. Throwing the car in the N Mode the full exhaust system is unleashed allowing gargling and popping out of the exhaust making you smile even if you aren't even going anywhere fast. It is addictive and will piss off your neighbors.
The Veloster N has enough N stuff to let you know you are in a special N car. It comes equipped with some really great Recaro Sportster-like N seats which feature some harness pass through holes should you want to get some harnesses later in your driving life. It also features a light purple seat belt for added flair and on your steering wheel you get two light purple buttons. On the left is the drive modes button. On the right is a checkered flag button which turns on N mode and N custom.
Though I would buy it in a minute. The one lacking spot on the 2021 Veloster N has to be its tame looks. It is pretty much the king at the top of Hyundai's N line and people might not even notice it is any different than any other Veloster.