2022 Hyundai Veloster N: The hottest hatch in town?

Hyundai Veloster N
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Last week I had the pleasure of driving the car that started the “N” brand within Hyundai. Yes! Your friend Juan is test driving the 2022 Hyundai Veloster N.

The Veloster N was the start of true performance branding from Hyundai. On the outside you will discover the unique 3-door hatchback design, 19 inch wheels, and performance brakes.

Veloster N

On the inside you will be greeted by the updated Recaro style seats, leather wrapped N steering wheel, and analog gauges.

Hyundai Veloster N performance


Under the hood is a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine that is producing 275HP & mated to an 8-speed automatic dual clutch transmission. The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N pushes the driver to go faster and take sharp, hard turns. As a race car driver, I fall for it, every time and I tell you, the experience is awesome.

Even though the Veloster is a front-wheel drive, it handles corners really well. It kind of feels like the differential has been perpetually locked which makes the car super stiff and fun on the corners.

The 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is configured in a way that it reaches 100 km per hour just about five seconds; loaded with performance tyres and endowed with crisp and precise steering.

The absolute best part of the vehicle is its exhaust sound. When I say explosive, I really mean waking up the neighbors loud.

The Hyundai Veloster N remains as useful for two people as ever, it has super-snug sport seats and a vast cargo space that is equal to if not greater than a Tucson. The cabin however, needs more insulation from road and wind noise.

Fuel economy appears to be a bit of a concern for the Veloster N. It consumes 12L per 100 kilometers travelled and with the ricing fuel prices, this could be concern for some motorists.

Hyundai Veloster N price in UAE


The Veloster N is surely my choice of a hot hatch within a budget. It costs around AED 147,000 and while some people might consider it on the higher side, I’d say it is money well spent if you enjoy driving a race car.
2022 Hyundai Veloster N Ratings
  • Performance - 8.7/10
    8.7/10
  • Driving Pleasure - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Looks and Style - 9.1/10
    9.1/10
  • Fuel Economy - 5/10
    5/10
  • Value for Money - 9.6/10
    9.6/10
8.4/10

Summary

The 2022 Veloster N knows it’s one of a kind and plays that role with confidence, from the broad grille to the swept-back headlights that imply its front-drive layout, all the way around to its quirky body sides and its function-friendly hatchback. It is one hell of a hot hatch!

Pros

Fast Acceleration
Sharp Handling
Explosive Exhaust Sound

Cons

Poor Fuel Economy

Juan Manuel
the authorJuan Manuel
Track racing, competing, it's in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.