2022 Hyundai Veloster N
How often do you see a three-door car? The Hyundai Veloster fits this unusual category, with its full-sized single door on the driver’s side and two smaller doors on the other, for easier passenger entry and exit. But that’s not its only distinguishing quality – not by a long shot. The Veloster N is Hyundai’s hot hatch: a car with the looks and performance enhancements to really grab attention.
Hyundai debuted the Veloster N in 2019, seven years after the release of the conventional Veloster. The “N” suffix is in honor of two cities critical to the high-output car’s development: Namyang, South Korea, where it was dreamed up and built, and Nürburgring, Germany, where it underwent its intense track testing. The Veloster N fits in to a lot of desirable slots: it supplies an adrenaline boost for driving enthusiasts, while still being ideal as a commuter vehicle. It’s even more attractive since it gets Hyundai’s standard perks of industry-leading warranty coverage (10 years/100,000 miles on the powertrain) and 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance (oil changes, tire rotations, and multipoint inspections).
Trims, Powertrain, and Range
The heart and soul of the 2022 Veloster N is, of course, under the hood: a 275-horsepower (260 lb.-ft. of torque) turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a rev-matching six-speed manual transmission to please those who simply enjoy driving. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters is an option. According to the EPA, manual-shift Veloster Ns will return 22 mpg around town and 28 mpg on the highway, and those with the automatic gearbox come in slightly lower at 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
Hyundai has packed special performance features into the Veloster N, starting with an electronic limited-slip differential it calls the N Corner Carving Differential. It also gets performance brakes, an electronically controlled suspension, and a drive mode selector with settings for Normal, Sport, and Sport+. The driver can run through seven chassis and powertrain settings this way, but the ultimate driving satisfaction comes from pressing the N mode button found on the steering wheel.
The equipment list for the 2022 Hyundai Veloster N has a lot to make note of. Most people buying in this segment will be interested in the track-rooted equipment, such as the Pirelli P Zero summer tires on 19-inch wheels, rear diffuser (underbody), liftgate-mounted spoiler, alloy sport pedals, lightweight sport seats embossed with the N logo, and steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather. It also gets auto on/off LED headlights, heated side mirrors with built-in turn-signal indicators, keyless entry, a leather-wrapped shift knob, push-button ignition, automatic climate control, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat.
Technology and Safety
For staying informed, entertained, and in communication, the infotainment system supplies smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth connectivity (for hands-free phone use and audio streaming), an Infinity sound system with eight speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, and high-definition radio. It’s all controlled via an 8-inch touchscreen. All Veloster N’s also come equipped with Hyundai’s BlueLink Connected Car services.
Hyundai packs in plenty of safety features, starting with a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. The standard Hyundai SmartSense package of driver-assist technologies adds automatic high beams, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.