- Suspension refinement
- Steering response
- Turbo four-cylinder's power reserves
- Dual-clutch transmission's smoothness
- Shifter feel (Turbo R-Spec)
- Touchscreen's ease of use
- Rear visibility
- Claustrophobic backseat
- Limited utility
- Gas-pedal lag in Normal drive mode
- Jerkiness in everyday driving (Sport mode)
- Soft brake-pedal feel
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- Sporty hatchback with one driver-side door, two passenger-side doors
- Choice of three engines, including two turbos
- Manual or automatic transmission
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
- Automatic emergency braking standard
- High-performance Veloster N available
2021 Hyundai Veloster review: Our expert's take
What Is the 2021 Hyundai Veloster?
The front-wheel-drive, four-seat Veloster is a sporty compact hatchback with one driver-side door and two doors on the passenger side. Power comes from a standard 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. An available turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder makes 201 hp and teams with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
A high-performance Veloster N powered by a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 275 hp is also available. Veloster competitors include the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Toyota Corolla hatchback and Mazda3 hatchback.
What’s New on the 2021 Hyundai Veloster?
The Veloster N now offers an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in addition to the standard six-speed manual. There are also new lighter sport seats, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system and additional standard active-safety features including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. Features from the Performance Package are also now standard. The regular Veloster, meanwhile, is unchanged.
What Features in the 2021 Hyundai Veloster Are Most Important?
Standard features include:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Heated side mirrors
- Cloth upholstery
- 60/40-split, folding backseat
- 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
- Automatic emergency braking
- Lane-keeping assist
Available features include:
- LED headlights
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Heated front seats
- Infinity premium stereo
- Wireless device charging
- Head-up display
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
Should I Buy the 2021 Hyundai Veloster?
With its refined suspension, responsive steering and strong turbo engine, the Veloster is a fun-to-drive hatchback. However, the car’s distinctive styling does contribute to poor rear visibility, a claustrophobic backseat and limited utility. The Veloster N is a blast to drive, and it took home top honors as our Most Fun-to-Drive Car of 2020.
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