The 2021 Hyundai Veloster hatchback is the suitable friend, at the suitable time, for the suitable price. Its expressive shapes, quirky demeanor, and punchy powertrain stare us in the experience to question: Why so significant, bro?

The Veloster is all about entertaining, but its six.seven TCC Score is seriously good. Not considerably is new this 12 months apart from an eight-pace twin-clutch automatic on Veloster N versions. That’s fine. (Read through additional about how we rate autos.)

Like past 12 months, the 2021 Veloster is available in 2., 2. Quality, R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Top, and Veloster N trim ranges that assortment from $20,000 to $30,000 for additional entertaining than we need to rightfully manage.

Evaluation carries on beneath

The rorty, shorty, three-door Veloster (4, which include the hatch) appears to be like very little else on the highway, and it’s mostly a good point. The hatchback’s three passenger doors are break up amongst two sides do the math and there is normally a remainder. The two doors on the passenger facet juxtapose the a single driver’s facet door, and which is just the commencing of the exterior’s tale. It’s clean and quirky, even if we’re not.

Within, the hatchback addresses up budget components with clean shapes and even additional entertaining which include a typical touchscreen with smartphone compatibility.

Beneath that metallic, the Veloster is geared up with a trio of 4-cylinder engines, two of which are turbocharged. The base motor is a 2.-liter inline-4 which is not screaming quickly with 147 horsepower, but still has the appears to be. A one.six-liter turbo-4 can make 201 hp and lights up the fronts to the tune of 6-second -sixty mph sprints. At the major is a 250-hp (or optionally, 275 hp) turbo-4 in the Veloster N that thumbs its nose at large-displacement, significant-horsepower, major-greenback convention entertaining does not will need prolific thirst or a profane price tag.

All Velosters can be geared up with a six-pace guide or six-, seven-, or eight-pace automatic transmissions, relying on trim degree. Our advice is to continue to keep it uncomplicated: 6 speeds, shift your individual gears, have a blast, and be back for supper.

Each Veloster retains its individual on curvy roadways with good steering and a capable experience, but Veloster Turbo and Veloster N styles are outstanding.

Carry a friend—just one—in the Veloster. Even though there is more than enough home for 4 on paper, the rear seat is cramped and not wonderful for grown ups. Behind the second row there is almost 20 cubic toes of cargo area, which grows to additional than 45 with the seats folded.

The IIHS called the Veloster a Prime Basic safety Decide on past 12 months, although federal testers have not established their date for official crash-check scores.

Each Veloster gets at the very least automatic crisis braking, energetic lane manage, seventeen-inch wheels, fabric upholstery, power functions, a seven.-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile compatibility, two USB ports, and Bluetooth connectivity. Up the price and power ladder, Hyundai equips the Veloster with a larger sized touchscreen, even larger wheels, additional power, and additional protection functions.

Like any worst-very best friend we’ve experienced, it eggs us to go even further, a lot quicker.