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First Drive: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N

We’ve been eagerly waiting for this drive. Hyundai wants to get serious about performance and, for us here in the States, the first taste of this notion is the Veloster N.

N it’s pretty damn good.

This is a 275-horsepower Hyundai hot hatch with all the right ingredients. A stiff chassis, sorted suspension, slick-shifting 6-speed manual, and proper brakes and tires add up to a seriously fun car to drive.

EDIT: Quick note regarding the tires on the 18-inch wheels of the standard version. It gets super sticky Michelin Pilot Sports not Pirellis. The 19-inch Performance pack wheels get the P Zeros.

[Disclaimer: Hyundai flew us to Northern California, put us in a hotel, and fed us.]

  • Number_Six

    Has 현대자동차 offered any explanation as to why they’re foisting this stupid-looking thing on us instead of the excellent grown-up hatchback they get in Europe?

  • Mike Lovelock

    Probably a nice car, but the color of this one is the same as my 1978 Ford Thunderbird.

    • Ol’ Shel’

      Replace ‘but’ with ‘and’, and then put like a bazillion exclamation marks at the end. I encourage any and every deviation from the same, boring options.

  • When the time comes, hopefully years from now, that the Kizashi gets put out to pasture, I could seriously see this as a replacement.