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The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Is an Insanely Good Performance Value

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 11/13/2018 Daniel Golson
The Hyundai Veloster N Is an Insanely Good Performance Value: The regular Hyundai Veloster N starts at $27,785, and with the Performance package, it's less than $30 grand.© Provided by Car and Driver The regular Hyundai Veloster N starts at $27,785, and with the Performance package, it's less than $30 grand.

Hyundai has announced pricing for the 2019 Veloster N, and it's as hot of a deal as the hot hatch's performance numbers are. The base Veloster N will start at $27,785 including destination when it goes on sale in December, greatly undercutting rivals such as the $36,595 Honda Civic Type R and the $41,290 Volkswagen Golf Rit's even $705 less than the Volkswagen GTI.

The standard Veloster N is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Veloster N is front-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching is the only available gearbox. Compared to regular Veloster models, all Veloster Ns get aggressive exterior styling, larger wheels and brakes, specially tuned suspension, unique interior touches, N-specific driving modes, and more.

a close up of a car: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Performance Package© Michael Simari 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Performance Package

For just $2100 more than the base Veloster N, the Performance package can be added. This brings performance-enhancing features such as an electronic limited-slip differential, a variable exhaust system, larger brakes front and rear, and 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires sized 235/35 (instead of the base N's 18-inch wheels with 225/40-sized Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires). The Performance package also bumps the Veloster N's engine to 275 horsepower, and although torque remains the same, the torque curve is slightly broader, with the peak of 260 lb-ft made from 1450 to 4700 rpm versus the standard N's torque peak from 1450 to 4000 rpm.

In our testing, a Veloster N with the Performance package hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, ran through the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds at 102 mph, braked from 70 mph in 154 feet, and pulled 0.97 g on the skidpad. Those numbers put it squarely between the Civic Type R and Civic Si in terms of performancethe same goes for the Golf R and GTIwhich is exactly the market positioning that Hyundai is going for. The Veloster N is cheaper than all of those cars, save for the $25,195 Si, so the funky three-door hatch offers a performance-per-dollar value that's hard to match. And it's not just about the numbers, either: the Veloster N is seriously great to drive.

 

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