The 2021 Hyundai Veloster is one of the coolest commuter cars on the market. Unique styling helps this compact hatchback to stand out from the rest. Meanwhile, Veloster models equipped a turbocharged engine are especially entertaining to drive. Affordable pricing and America’s longest warranty also make the new Veloster a great value. Here’s an overview of the car’s key highlights.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, last year’s optional Performance package comes standard on the high-output Veloster N. This racy model also now offers an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission.
What Styles Does It Come In?
The 2021 Hyundai Veloster is a front-wheel-drive hatchback, which has a hidden third door on the passenger side. Up to four passengers can fit inside the car.
What Trim Levels Does It Come In?
Drivers looking to save some money will be interested in the base Velsoter 2.0. Despite being the least expensive trim, it comes loaded with some popular features. The standard 7.0-inch touch display allows drivers to connect their phone using either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Hands-free Bluetooth and a rearview camera are also standard.
Car shoppers seeking a bit more luxury should take a look at the Veloster 2.0 Premium. It receives a few upgraded amenities, including automatic climate control and heated front seats. There’s also more technology inside the 2.0 Premium trim. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system allows drivers to remotely access the vehicle using their smartphone. Meanwhile, an Infinity premium audio system allows music fans to enjoy a more exciting sound. Other high-tech goodies include an 8.0-inch touchscreen with voice control software, wireless charging, and satellite radio.
Although the Veloster Turbo R-Spec is not quite as luxurious as the Veloster 2.0 Premium, it does feature some performance upgrades. A stronger turbocharged engine enables the car to accelerate quicker. Sports-tuned shocks, performance tires, and a sport gear shifter help promote a more exciting drive. Unique cloth upholstery covers the interior. Keep in mind that this trim is only offered with a manual transmission.
Another notch up the trim ladder is the Veloster Turbo. It’s essentially a more upscale version of the Veloster Turbo R-Spec. It also uses a seven-speed automatic transmission as opposed to a manual. Featuring navigation and a head-up display, the leather-trimmed Veloster Turbo Ultimate offers the utmost luxury.
Serious driving enthusiasts will be drawn to the high-performance Veloster N. Aside from an especially powerful turbo engine, it also receives a track-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes.
The Veloster’s Exterior Styling
The Veloster doesn’t resemble like the typical hatchback. A concealed third door gives it a more coupe-like appearance. Even the base model receives sporty exterior treatments, like a center-exit exhaust. LED headlights and taillights give the upper trims a more upscale look. A special Performance Blue paint option is offered exclusively on the high-performance N model.
Even the lowest-priced Veloster receives Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment system. Its touchscreen interface ranks among the easiest to use in the class. The optional Infinity audio system also sounds phenomenal for the price.
Rated to develop 147 horsepower, the Veloster’s standard four-cylinder engine returns good fuel economy. However, drivers who desire a stronger kick should move up to the turbocharged engine. Its 201-horsepower output ensures a more enjoyable commute to work. To experience maximum fun, choose the high-performance Veloster N. A 275-horsepower engine enables this “hot hatch” to hit 60 mph in only 5.2 seconds.
All versions of the new Veloster offer athletic handling. However, models equipped with a stiffer sport suspension are even more agile. A performance exhaust also gives the N model an aggressive sound.
When equipped with the standard engine, the Veloster can deliver up to 27 mpg town/34 mpg freeway. Expect turbocharged models to offer similar fuel economy. However, drivers who choose the high-performance N model can plan on getting 22 mpg town/29 mpg freeway.
Quality and Comfort
Many people will like the Veloster’s sporty cockpit. Interior quality is decent for the price. While front-seat comfort is solid, adult-sized passengers will find the rear seat to be a tight fit. Because of the Veloster’s hatchback design, it’s able to provide far more cargo space than most cars.
Some of today’s most desirable safety technologies come standard on the 2021 Hyundai Veloster, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Driver Attention Warning. Options include smart cruise control, pedestrian alert, and blind-spot warning.
The 2021 Hyundai Veloster should catch the attention of a lot of younger car shoppers. It’s stylish, affordable, and provides plenty of cargo space. Thrill seekers will especially love the fast and fun N model.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Hyundai Veloster MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.