Test Drove a 2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT yesterday
AkursedX last edited by AkursedX
I have been waiting for a 2021 Veloster-N to show up locally so I could see what it was really like to drive and one finally was available for me to get my hands on! Besides being able to sit in the new seats, I especially wanted to drive a DCT one as the videos I have seen and articles I have read of it have been very impressive
The 2021 Veloster N in Racing Red
I have been considering moving on from my STI and this car might be the one to get me to do it. It provides such an impressive driving experience and easily has the best steering I have ever encountered on an FWD car.
I have owned a few DSG-equipped VW's and Hyundai has nailed this wet dual-clutch transmission. With 8 gears, I found it easier to let it shift itself but even in manual mode, the car has lightning fast upshifts and downshifts. At low speed stop and go driving, there is a bit of hesitation, but if you have ever driven a DCT car, it seems as its the nature of the beast. I know there are a lot of manual-transmission purists out there, but this transmission is faster and can be very engaging when you want it to be (I would still have my RX-8 to bang gears so it wouldn't be the end of the world for me).
Power delivery is great and the turbo spools much faster than my STI. The front limited slip really grabs and will pull you through corners to the point where you can get the rear end to kick out in a very controllable manner. The 3 different drive modes plus the customizable N-Mode are all quite different. The dampers, exhaust volume, transmission shifting, boost level, and throttle response all have noticeable differences. The 'eco' and 'normal' mode are softer-driving than my STI where the 'sport' mode feels about the same. But you won't confuse the softest suspension settings for a luxury car. It's still fairly stiff.
These seats are simply awesome. I'm glad I waited til the 2021 model came here.
The interior is roomy considering how small the car is on the outside. I'm 6'3" and I can fit with my helmet on in the driver's seat and I can still fit behind myself in the back seat (Although my head touches the roof if I sit straight). Both of my kids (ages 11 and 8 ) fit in the back just fine. The new front seats that they put in the 2021 models are awesome looking and quite comfortable and while I'm sure they will get dirty, I love the blue seatbelts.
The steering wheel. Paddle shifts and drive modes are quite easy to access along with the 'NGS' which gives you 20 seconds of extra power!
The Infinity stereo provides very good sound and the interface is nice, but I'm used to it as my wife has a 2020 Hyundai Tuscon. It comes with a standard list of Hyundai's safety features like lane keep assist, collision warning, and all that jazz, but no adaptive cruise, which is a bit of a shame because it works quite well in my wife's car. No heated seats or steering wheel either.
Storage space in the car is minimal with two cupholders, armrest storage and a couple of other small cubbies to put crap in. The rear hatch space is decent, but even with the upper hatch space, I think the STI probably has more room.
The shifter has the proper 'down' upshift. And yeah, I know its not a manual. The climate control is still knobs and buttons thankfully.
The car stickers for 348xx. Definitely high but they knocked off $2200 right off the bat and offered me more than I was expecting for my STI. It's a good enough offer for me to consider pulling the trigger. It also comes with a 5yr/60k bumper to bumper and 10yr/100k powertrain warranty as well as 3 free scheduled services.
The fact that it is an auto is also nice because my wife would be able to drive it if she needed to. I also did a quick insurance quote and its pretty similar to insure and seems like it'll be a bit nicer on gas.
I got one more night to sleep on it, but I think that by the end of the week, there is a good chance that I'll be a 2-Hyundai household.
Snakesm13 last edited by
@akursedx Glad to see you enjoyed it. It really is a car that feels fun even if the numbers don’t scream fastest on the street.
Hit me up if you do get it, my secret senna got me these mats that protect all the cubbies and cup holders. I cleared it with him to “pay it forward” to the next Oppo with a N since I got rid of mine.
Mazda616 last edited by
I love these! Great color, too.
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by
@akursedx Even when not in the N Blue it's such a good looking car too. I really just love everything about the Veloster N and I'm glad that holds up. I so want to own one of these someday. I say go for it!
And if you enjoy the DCT more than the stick, fine. I'm glad they offer a choice and don't let people give you crap for it.
AkursedX last edited by
@snakesm13 if I do it I'll hit you up! I have similar ones in my STI so I know what you're talking about.
dtg11 last edited by
@akursedx Hyundai's DCT is a fun transmission, regardless of what others say. I've driven both a 1.6T Kona and Tuscon with it and they were shockingly fun for being crossovers. Great throttle response, lightning fast shifts, and fun to toss around. If someone told me I have ~$30k for a new car, this would be one of the front runners.
The Crazy Kanuck last edited by
ew, an automatic. It's a hot hatch, not a 1/2 million dollar super car. Why bother with automatic. It takes away from the point of hot hatch: a super fun to drive car that's not super fast.