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2022 Hyundai Veloster N entry test

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What a pretty shade of blue, I thought when I first saw 2022 Veloster N sitting in my driveway. When I opened the door, I was pleased to see that “Performance Blue” exterior paint reflected throughout the interior of the sporty little hatchback. The seat belts, the stitching and most importantly the driving mode buttons on the steering wheel all proudly wave the periwinkle flag.

The seats are made of resistant fabric upholstered in leather. They’re supportive, with enough reinforcement to hold you firmly in place without feeling like you’re in the clutches of a boa constrictor. Harness threads flank an illuminated “N” logo. A ribbon of black, blue and gray stripes runs along the center line of the backrest and cushion. There are no power seats here, all adjustments are manual. There are also no heated seats.

The Veloster N has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system located at the top of the center console, underneath are a number of hard buttons for menu shortcuts, with audio and climate controls below that. Hidden even further down are a pair of USB ports and a 12-volt outlet.

Directly in front of the driver is an instrument panel with analog gauges on either side of a small digital display. At the top of the cluster is a set of five shift timing LEDs that illuminate from left to right in the order of white, orange, orange, red, red. Pay attention; With the transmission in manual mode, it will continue to hold gear once you press the rev limiter. Shift paddles on the back of the steering wheel give you quick gear changes from the eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

In addition to the fabric and leather, there are a few other materials and textures throughout the cabin. There are hard plastic trim but with a nice texture and a top dash, hard and more traditional grain plastics on the bottom dash, and some firm but not completely hard plastic at certain points of contact, like the armrests.

As for storage, there is not much. There is a cubicle for a telephone under the center console. Two cup holders are located at the front of the small storage compartment in the center console. There are pockets on the doors, but the rear left only has a small indentation in the armrest. There’s no center seat in the back so that’s where Hyundai Attach the rear cup holders and a small cargo tray. There are also no pockets in the rear of the front seats.

The diminutive stature of the car suggests that there isn’t much room for everyone, and that’s the case. Headroom at the front is minimal and even tighter at the rear. I put my son’s car seat on the passenger side and moved the front passenger seat forward to give him room. Sitting behind me wouldn’t be fun. There is not much legroom and you have to crawl from the passenger side as there is no rear door on the driver’s side. However, be careful in that transit. The center cup holders between the rear seats hurt a lot if you hit them with your elbow or knee.

The trunk is spacious, despite a small opening. It can be difficult to carry large or heavy items there. I also found it a bit difficult to get the rear LATCH anchor out from under the cargo floor. It’s nice that you can hide them though, in case you have a scratch-prone load to put back there.

The whole set works very well together. Is not a luxury carand it is not a typical family vehicle. This Veloster N is all about having the sporty touches to match its hot hatch performance. For a tag price of $ 35,005, with absolutely no added options, it is a successful execution.

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