The ultra-sporty 2020 Veloster is an absolute head-turner. With plenty of modern features and stellar performance attributes, this attractive and affordable hatchback is making an impression all around. There will be five trim levels: 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate. There will also be an adrenaline pumping, race-oriented Veloster N variation that maxes out this car's performance capabilities. Under the hood, both the 2.0 and 2.0 Premium have a 147 horsepower 2.0-liter four-engine; the 2.0 comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic is offered. The Premium trim only comes with the automatic, though.


Each of the Turbo trims has a namesake turbocharged 1.0-liter four-cylinder (201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque), and although the R-Spec gets a six-speed manual, the Turbo and Ultimate get a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic. The Veloster N's power is generated from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes a meaty 250 or 275 horses, depending on the package, and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. This powerplant is coupled to a six-speed manual.


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Comfort, Convenience, and Performance


The 2.0 grade is outfitted with multiple drive modes, heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a rearview camera, and remote keyless entry. Upgrading to the 2.0 Premium supplies a power sunroof, automatic climate control, heated fronts seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and proximity entry with push-button ignition. With the Turbo R-Spec, the power sunroof, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped shift knob, and heated front seats are no longer included. Instead, it gets a sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights, and Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The Turbo returns the heated front seats, power sunroof, leather-wrapped shift knob, and automatic climate control and further adds power lumbar support for the driver's seat, an automatic-defogging windshield, and a steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather.


The range-topping Turbo Ultimate rounds things out with rain-sensing windshield wipers and leather seating. Driving enthusiasts who opt for the Veloster N will enjoy all of the equipment that comes with the Turbo R-Spec, but the optional Performance Package advances things with an additional 25 hp, an electronic limited-slip differential, variable exhaust system timing, and larger front and rear brakes.



Active Safety Features


With the 2.0, you'll benefit from increased confidence thanks to some driver-assist features: forward-collision warning, a blind-spot mirror, driver attention warning, and lane-keeping assist. The 2.0 Premium adds a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, which carry over to the remaining trims. The Turbo Ultimate includes forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control, while the Veloster N incorporates the same safety equipment from the 2.0 Premium.




The 2.0 is given a 7-inch infotainment system, Bluetooth hands-free, and a USB port, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2.0 Premium substitutes an 8-inch display with SiriusXM satellite radio capabilities, voice recognition, an eight-speaker Infinity Audio system, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and Blue Link connected services (three-month trial). The Turbo R-Spec gets the same tech as the 2.0 Premium minus the wireless charging pad, which returns for the Turbo trim. The technology on the Turbo Ultimate includes navigation and a heads-up display, while the Veloster N comes with the same equipment that is standard on the Turbo R-Spec.


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