The 2021 Hyundai Veloster hatchback is the correct good friend, at the correct time, for the correct price. Its expressive styles, quirky demeanor, and punchy powertrain stare us in the encounter to question: Why so serious, bro?

The Veloster is all about fun, but its six.seven TCC Rating is severely fantastic. Not considerably is new this 12 months aside from an 8-speed twin-clutch automated on Veloster N variations. Which is high-quality. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Like final 12 months, the 2021 Veloster is accessible in 2., 2. Quality, R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Top, and Veloster N trim stages that vary from $20,000 to $30,000 for more fun than we should really rightfully afford to pay for.

Assessment carries on under

The rorty, shorty, a few-doorway Veloster (4, which includes the hatch) seems like nothing else on the road, and it’s primarily a fantastic matter. The hatchback’s a few passenger doors are break up between two sides do the math and there is generally a remainder. The two doors on the passenger facet juxtapose the a person driver’s facet doorway, and which is just the commencing of the exterior’s tale. It is clean and quirky, even if we’re not.

Inside of, the hatchback covers up spending plan components with clean styles and even more fun which includes a common touchscreen with smartphone compatibility.

Beneath that metallic, the Veloster is geared up with a trio of four-cylinder engines, two of which are turbocharged. The foundation engine is a 2.-liter inline-four which is not screaming quickly with 147 horsepower, but still has the seems. A 1.six-liter turbo-four helps make 201 hp and lights up the fronts to the tune of 6-second -60 mph sprints. At the best is a 250-hp (or optionally, 275 hp) turbo-four in the Veloster N that thumbs its nose at significant-displacement, substantial-horsepower, best-dollar convention fun doesn’t need to have prolific thirst or a profane price tag.

All Velosters can be geared up with a six-speed manual or six-, seven-, or 8-speed automated transmissions, based on trim degree. Our suggestion is to maintain it uncomplicated: 6 speeds, change your individual gears, have a blast, and be again for meal.

Every Veloster holds its individual on curvy roads with fantastic steering and a capable journey, but Veloster Turbo and Veloster N types are fantastic.

Provide a friend—just one—in the Veloster. While there is adequate room for 4 on paper, the rear seat is cramped and not terrific for older people. Guiding the second row there is almost 20 cubic feet of cargo room, which grows to more than forty five with the seats folded.

The IIHS known as the Veloster a Top rated Basic safety Choose final 12 months, whilst federal testers haven’t set their date for official crash-examination scores.

Every Veloster receives at least automated crisis braking, energetic lane regulate, 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, energy characteristics, a seven.-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile compatibility, two USB ports, and Bluetooth connectivity. Up the price and energy ladder, Hyundai equips the Veloster with a greater touchscreen, more substantial wheels, more energy, and more safety characteristics.

Like any worst-finest good friend we’ve had, it eggs us to go additional, speedier.