What is the Veloster?
In a new car dominated by SUVs, a funky hatchback like the 2022 Hyundai Veloster is a breath of fresh air. Its asymmetrical design puts a single long door on the driver's side and two smaller doors on the passenger side. Offering the styling of a sport coupe, the practicality of a hatchback and the rear-seat accessibility of a sedan, the Veloster is an intriguing compact without any direct competitors.
But even though it enjoys an ardent fan base, the Veloster hasn't been hugely successful in connecting with the buying public at large. That's why now, just a few years after the second-generation Veloster launched, Hyundai is significantly paring down the quirky hatchback's trim levels to just one. With the 2.0 and Turbo models axed for 2022, the high-performance Veloster N is the only version standing. We love the Veloster N — it's tremendously fun to drive and packs a lot of power under the hood. That said, buyers looking for a truly affordable small hatch will be let down by the absence of the lower- and mid-tier models.