When I purchased the VN last year everyone I knew was dismissive! EVERYONE! "Why didn't you buy a more practical car?", all my non-car enthusiasts said. "Why didn't you buy a more powerful car?", all my car enthusiast friends said. "Why buy a Korean POS hatchback?", seemed to be the universal trend. I've noticed as article after article has come out about the VN people on all sides are shutting their $&#*ing mouths and eyeing the car with envy instead of skepticism.
I always fancied green eyes, nice to see them so often.
Now the only question I get asked is "Why does it only have three doors?" and I always say "It only needs two for passengers and one for your mom"... maybe I haven't fully gotten over the initial criticisms.
When I was talking with everyone a few weeks back about me getting the N, everyone was telling me how it was a horrible car just cause it was a hyundai, but everything I had seen and researched told me otherwise, showed this to a few of my buddies who were telling me it was a mistake. Now they are looking at N's lol
I always loved the engine of the GenCoupe 2.0 I had. I loved most of that car (clutch was awful, ESC and ABS were terrible) but the car was always a 'almost, not quite' kind of a car. From the beginning the VN ticked all the boxes and when I drive it, I feel like Hyundai has finally arrived . This is my 4th Hyundai spanning 4 decades and how far they have come!
When I saw the VN on the lot and did some research and found that the engine was an evolution of that fantastic Genny mill, I got interested. I was looking for a hot hatch for the practicality and fun factor. Check check check.
There's really no cachet though. Everyone just sees the slanted H and immediately dismisses it. That's ok though, it is a huge sleeper 😉
The folks that *still* dismiss Hyundai/Kia are the same close-minded, single-brand owning folks that will only ever buy a Ford|GM|Dodge pickup or will never step away from their Accord/Camry. They won't bother to even test-drive one, so I don't bother to try selling them on the brands. My 2010 Genesis Coupe was a fantastic car. Sure, it wasn't a BMW M or Audi S, but I could hang with both in the mountains without breaking a sweat. The early Genesis models really showed what Hyundai could do, and I'm happy to see they made Genesis its own marquee. I really hope Hyundai/Kia keep pushing the N line; I was hoping for more than just interior and exterior treatments for the Elantra GT N, but alas...
I'm loving the VN. I was sad to see my GC go, but I've mourned and moved on.