PINEHURST, NY — December 16, 2020 — Okay, here’s a question for you. Do you know how many models Hyundai makes for the America market? If you guessed 20, you would be correct. From SUV’s to Sedans to Compacts; and from gas to Hybrid to Electric, Hyundai seems to be building something for everyone, if only the customers will take a look.
Well, this week we had the ‘Ultra Black’ 2021 Hyundai Veloster N, a “High-performance Hatchback”, and guess what! That’s just what it was and is. Can you say “Varoom, Varoom”. This sporty run about is a cross between sports car and week end getaway car. Open the hatchback, which has a nice spoiler attached, and you find ample storage space for a couple of suit cases, almost 20 cubic feet. Need more space? Both back seats fold down to up the carrying capacity to 44.5 cubic feet.
Here’s a quirk on the Veloster. There is a rear door on the passenger side whose door handle is in the upper part of the trim around the window – no kidding. However, there is no rear door on the driver’s side. You can slide the driver’s seat forward and let the back fold forward, which should allow a lithe young person to get in the back. It’s either that or the first passenger in the rear door has to slide over. Regarding the back, the seats are comfortable but the front passengers need to give up some leg room on their end so passengers can have leg room on their side. My view is that this is a fun car for two to four young people who can afford a $32,2500 MSRP price tag that can go up to a little over $35K with some addon’s, like the $1500 2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cyl N 8-Speed Wet Dual Clutch Transmission, an interior light kit, floor mats, wheel locks and a car net, and, lest we forget, that $35K includes the $993 ‘Freight Bill’.
I will get to the interior and safety features in a minute, but there were several things about the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N on which I wanted to spend a minute.
First, our Veloster (by the way, don’t you think they are missing a vowel in the name of this car? I do.) came with the 275 HP, 2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cyl N 8-Speed Wet Dual Clutch Transmission I mentioned earlier. Do you know what a Wet Dual Clutch Transmission is? I didn’t either.
Here is an explanation from CJ Pony Part’s, Meghan Drummond – “Within the category of DCTs, one important distinction between different models is whether or not it’s a wet or dry clutch. More powerful vehicles require wet clutch dual transmissions, which just means that oil is used in order to help dissipate the heat that naturally builds up on the clutch plate.
Dry dual-clutch transmissions are more common and have several benefits as well. Dry clutches tend to be lighter, have less drag, and obviously are less likely to have spills or splash over. Unfortunately, they are also more prone to overheating.”
I felt smarter after reading that and hope you do too. I can tell you that Hyundai Veloster N has some pop when you step down on it. The 4.0L Turbos kick in without a lot of the hesitation I dislike on other 4-cylinder Turbos. Kudos, Hyundai. The driver can also choose three Driving Modes – Normal, Sport, and Eco. Note that every time you start the car, it’s in Normal mode, so if you like Eco for fuel efficiency or SPORT for enhanced driving performance, you have to choose them. Additionally, you can also choose, again on the steering wheel, the “N” button, which customizes your sport mode by automatically adjusting steering effort, and the engine and chassis control logic for enhanced driver performance. (Told you this was a cross between sports car and runabout. Head over to Hyundai’s https://www.hyundaiusa.com/us/en/vehicles/veloster-nto learn more about the Veloster (and why they left out a vowel – just kidding)
A word or two about handling. This car is meant to handle and drive like a sports car if you choose to drive it that way. One thing that the “N” is proud of is its The N Corner Carving Differential, “an eLSD (electronic-Limited Slip Differential) system that allows driven wheels to turn at different speeds by applying different amounts of torque depending on the load transfer from the inner to the outer front axle wheel. This increases the maximum cornering speed : about 5% increase of maximum turning speed; and the wheel slip in specific conditions is reduced and understeering on cornering minimized,” says Hyundai.
Let’s look at the interior for a moment.
You will notice that the Veloster comes with N Light Sport Bucket seats, those butt fitting, wrap around seats for that ‘race car wanna be’ driver experience. Everything is where you would expect and the 8” Touchscreen Navigation is plenty big enough for the interior and easy to operate. Programming my phone into the car was a snap, but it took a few minutes to figure out how to choose and program the XM stations. Hmmmmm.
Once in the car, you did feel like a part of the driving experience. Low to the ground, you felt and heard some road noise, but at 21, I would never have noticed – or needed the effort to get in and out. Ha ha.
And we can’t talk about a Hyundai without talking about safety. Here you go. Our sporty 2021 Veloster N had Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Energy Absorbing Steering Wheel, Front and rear Crumple Zones, 2.5 MPH Bumpers, Bodyside Reinforcements, Electronic Shift Interlock, Steering Wheel Lock when key is removed, Front seatbelt pretensioners, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), Power Window Locks, Child Safety Locks, Advanced Dual Airbags with Occupant Classification System, lots of airbags, Anti-Lock Brakes, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist and Tire Pressure Monitoring. Not bad. Add one of the best, if not the best, warranty in the business and you have a fine investment and the satisfaction of knowing you not only have Hyundai’s assurance, but the peace-of-mind of driving a safe, responsive car that will give you pleasure over the miles and the years.
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HYUNDAI DEALERS in the environs of Pinehurst, NC, and Westchester County, NY:
10732 US Hwy 15-501
Southern Pines, NC 28387
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Central Avenue Hyundai
111 South Central Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530