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Veloster N 2019/2020 by Hyundai Canada

Veloster N Hyundai
Veloster N 2019/2020 by Hyundai Canada
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R. G. Beltzner

R. G. Beltzner

A long time automobile enthusiast, and competitive race driver, Rainer Beltzner provides performance driving and racing instruction for Porsche, BMW, and Ferrari owners and clubs. He's been doing this for over 25 years. Often, Rainer is found driving/teaching on one of the Canadian Tire Motorsport, Shannonville or Watkins Glen tracks. During the “off-season”, Rainer spends his spare time driving and evaluating a broad range of vehicles. Follow Rainer on Twitter @redy2rol.

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The Veloster N is a new introduction from Hyundai and a potential competitor in the hot hatchback segment that includes the likes of the 306 hp Honda Civic Type R and the Golf GTI.

The Hyundai Veloster models and trim options have changed slightly over the past year but generally have provided:

  • well equipped entry level 2.0L
  • 2.0L with a few more safety and comfort features
  • sportier 1.6L turbo for those keen on a manual transmission with an optional paddle shifter automatic
  • 2.0L turbo with the N designation for the enthusiast

I can best describe the Veloster N as the performance hatch that we’ve been waiting for. It’s fast, it’s a lot of fun to drive and the $35,000 price tag is what many have been hoping for.

Performance

For the track enthusiast, the N trim is the logical choice.

The 2.0 L turbo churns out a spirited 275hp with 260 ft/lb of torque. I did not have an opportunity to test this N on a proper racetrack, so I relied on some adventurous driving on my favorite backcountry roads and the 400 series to conclude that this can be a serious contender for the track enthusiast.

This car is responsive with excellent cornering capability and decent brakes. Whether it can handle the stress of multiple track laps at high revs without going into limp mode remains to be seen. I have yet to see an N appear and perform at any of the many track events that I participate in but I expect to see a few before the end of the season.

The N has four driving modes to choose from;

  1. Normal
  2. Eco,
  3. Sport
  4. Custom N

What I found interesting was the very noticeable change in the car’s performance across these modes.

  1. Normal drive mode provides a quite comfortable ride and decent responsiveness.
  2. Eco mode definitely mutes the responsiveness to an almost sluggish level – no fast acceleration here.
  3. Sport mode invokes an exhaust grumble as well as a slightly more responsive throttle than the Normal mode.
  4. N mode allows for customization of performance settings (engine response, suspension, steering, exhaust and throttle blip) and definitely stiffens the suspension.

In my experience, most will choose to drive in Normal mode when not on the track as the N mode is extremely stiff and uncomfortable on our poorly maintained roads.

Driving Comfort

The N is very well equipped with all the necessary gauges and dials combined with a well-placed center screen.

Seating is very good, even for the larger driver.

Pedal and shifter placement is as it should be for a performance vehicle. The larger drive mode selector switch on the steering wheel is helpful for quick transitions from N to Normal when getting on bumpy sections of roads.

This is an easy car to get comfortable with.

Style

Then exterior styling of the N makes a definite performance statement with the attention-grabbing front grill, rear spoiler and rocker panels.

My “test” N came outfitted in the ”Performance” blue exterior color that drew the attention of an older buyer category, but not so much from the younger crowd. Perhaps this is why the 2020 paint options now include “Ignite Flame” (red) and “Shooting Star” (matt black – $1,000 option) in addition to the more traditional white and black options.

The N retains the third passenger door that will be an issue for some. Regardless of exterior color choice, the interior is the no option black cloth.

Veloster N Hyundai

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Trim Options

Across the Veloster line-up, there is little to spend money on after you select the trim level. Perhaps a special color or the addition of floor mats – that’s about all you can choose.  All the trim options have FWD.

Veloster N

Summary

The Hyundai Veloster N is a great addition to the line-up.

Regardless of trim level, these are all well designed, economical and functional cars. For many, the well-priced “Preferred” trim will be the choice to minimize your cost and yet get a tremendous amount of features.

Those that demand the fuller set of driver features will consider the “Luxury” trim.

Finally,  for those that prefer a manual transmission or a paddle-shifting automatic with a little sportier performance they will consider the 1.6L turbo.

The jump to the N trim will be of interest to the performance enthusiast.

Find more automotive reviews and insights  on OakvilleNews.org or follow me R.G. Beltzner on Twitter @redy2rol

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