Overview

   

When it comes to individualism, the 2021 Hyundai Veloster takes the cake. This unique three-door hatchback has an asymmetrical design with one door on the driver's side and two doors on the passenger's side. Why is it advantageous to have three doors rather than four? Because it provides better access to the rear seats than in a conventional two-door, while still maintaining that sleek coupe design. The 2021 Hyundai Veloster is also plenty of fun to drive and loaded with desirable technology. Best of all, it's an inexpensive model with the bonus of an industry-leading warranty (highlighted by 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage) and 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

   
   
       

   
   

Trim Levels and Mechanics

   

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster is a four-seater that's sold in five trim levels: base 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate. (There's also a rowdier Veloster N variation, but for this page we'll just be covering the standard Veloster.) Two engines and three transmissions are available, depending on the trim. The base 2.0 and 2.0 Premium get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that whisks out 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. This is one of the few cars out there that still offers a six-speed manual transmission. It comes standard on the base trim, but a six-speed automatic is available. The 2.0 Premium is only sold with the stickshift.

   

The Turbo trims upgrade to a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine making 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The Turbo R-Spec also comes only with a six-speed manual transmission, while the others have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All models are front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is good, with the base 2.0 returning an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission and 27 city/24 highway with the automatic. The Turbo R-Spec gets 26 city/33 highway, while the Turbo and Turbo Ultimate both achieve 28 city/34 highway.

   
   
       

   
   

Amenities, Safety and Technology

   

The base 2.0 comes with automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, a rear spoiler, a drive mode selector, premium cloth upholstery, a backup camera, and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback. The 2.0 Premium ups the ante with a wide sunroof, cloth insert seats with leather bolsters, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic climate control, a wireless smartphone charger, and keyless entry with push-button start. The Turbo R-Spec drops the wide sunroof and heated front seats and adds LED headlights and taillights, a sport-tuned suspension, performance tires, unique R-Spec premium cloth seats, a special R-Spec shift knob, and alloy sport pedals. The Turbo returns the sunroof and heated front seats and adds turn-signal indicators for the side mirrors, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Turbo Ultimate tops off with a black two-tone roof and leather seats.

   

Each trim comes with a grouping of active driver aids. The base 2.0 gets forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, a blind-spot mirror, and a driver attention warning monitor. The 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, and Turbo are enhanced with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, while the top-trim Turbo Ultimate issues rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection for the forward collision-avoidance assist system.

   

The base 2.0 is furnished with a nice slate of technology consisting of an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, and speed-sensitive automatic volume control. The 2.0 Premium boosts its standard offerings with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with voice recognition, a premium eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, and a Blue Link subscription service. The Turbo Ultimate loads up with integrated navigation, HD radio, an additional Blue Link subscription package, and a head-up display.