The Veloster N offers all the subtlety of Bane breaking Batman’s back.
I stumbled across this article today. Reading the first couple paragraphs was an accurate description of the moments when I fell in love with my 2020 Veloster:
“2020 Hyundai Veloster N felt like Stefon rattling off a list of what you get at New York's hottest club: a manual transmission, a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, adaptive dampers, sporty handling, a practical body. This hot hatch has everything.
It also has Biermanning, which is that thing when you hire the former boss of BMW’s M Division and give him all the money to make you a sporty car.”
At this point I’m silently cheering to myself! Yes—this guy gets it! Then it turns in to yet another article about why buy a Veloster when you could have a Type R. How original, right? Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Honda’s harsh straight lines in style. The Type R is no exception. The oddly shaped spoiler, deep unnecessary cutouts, and other flamboyant features seeming to scream defiantly “I’m not the same Honda Civic your mother drives!” never tempted me enough to explore it seriously as an option.
Then his list of complaints come out. That basically boils down to it’s a bumpy ride. Listen. I’m not gonna lie... my first few trips in N mode it was clear I needed to invest in some better support ahem for the girls. But I think the difference here between daily driver is the modes. I live in Pittsburgh, PA home to some of the steepest and most poorly maintained roads in the country. I just survived my first Pennsylvania winter beautifully with a nice set of Pirelli Sottozeros. When I’m on a road with less than favorable conditions, “Drive” mode is perfect with normal suspension. In my household we lovingly call it “grandma mode”. But with a touch of your thumb and you’re back to living life the way it’s meant in “N mode”. There’s nothing like that perfect drive in an N—lift you out of your seat when you crest a hill but hit the throttle and knock you right back into it with that oh so satisfying power. The look of the Veloster is to me much more appealing. Clean lines, not too gaudy. Understated. Perfect.
So I contend—toughen up and enjoy the ride. It’s not for the feint of heart.