This year we say goodbye to one of our favorite hot stores, Hyundai Veloster WOMEN. That’s a sad thing, as it offers incredible performance in a unique, compact package. But we can’t be too sad, because Hyundai there are two options with the same powertrain and similar pricing. Kona N impressed usand 2022 Hyundai Elantra WOMEN which we are looking at today as well. In fact, it’s a nicer, more practical car Veloster basically the same performance and actually a bit cheaper. It may not be a hatchback, but it is arguably the better car overall.
And yes, you read that right, though Elantra WOMEN is a bigger car with a nicer interior Women’s Veloster, it’s cheaper than the hatchback. Not much. At $33,245, Elantra only $350 cheaper, but still less! And it’s welcome not only that you’re getting more cars, but that Hyundai is still offering the “cheap” N option.
The Elantra N makes almost no sacrifices in terms of performance compared to the Veloster. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque with your choice of a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. And before sending power to the wheels, it passes through an electronically controlled mechanical limited-slip differential.
Chassis components are on par with Veloster with electronically adjustable shock absorbers and brake. The Elantra also has a mechanical handbrake that’s useful for freaks. And amazingly, despite being over a meter longer than the Veloster, the Elantra weighs just over 80 pounds with the manual transmission, or just over 49 pounds with the automatic transmission.
Here’s a fun fact about these cars: the Elantra N not only delivers near-identical performance to the Veloster N while being larger, but also more efficient. Between handmade models, mix energy saving is the same 25 mpg, but the Elantra’s 31 mpg on the highway is 3 mpg better than the Veloster. The Elantra automatic gets 23 mpg combined, a 1 mpg improvement over the Veloster, and the 30 mpg figure on the highway is another 3 mpg boost (automatic cars only). Kona WOMEN essentially the same fuel economy as the Veloster). Since both cars have identical gear ratios, the difference could be in the Elantra’s more aerodynamic shape.
When hustling the Elantra N, it’s still as good as its small predecessor. The four-cylinder feels powerful everywhere in the rev range. Boost comes smoothly. And the engine sounds great through any exhaust setting. In quiet mode, it still delivers a subtle growl, but won’t make you a threat to your neighbors, nor will it cause highway fatigue. The middle mode boosts the volume, while the high volume cranks it up a bit and emits some pops and squeaks for good measure, intended for minors. .
Our test car has an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It shifts gears quickly, especially when in manual mode, but it still has some of the quirks of the classic Hyundai DCT, such as a slight hesitation when stopping. It’s definitely a good choice for the fastest changeovers and for stop-and-go traffic. The N Grin Shift overboost mode that boosts power to 286 hp in seconds is also fun. That being said, we would still recommend the six-speed manual to most buyers. It’s the same manual as Veloster’s and it’s a very good book. The changes are smooth and firm, the automatic rev-match is highly responsive and completely beatable, and it simply makes an already inherently more appealing machine. And remember, you can’t buy the Kona N with the manual.
Handling is arguably more impressive than the engine. It’s a super responsive and responsive car that impresses with its precision and communication every time you spin the wheel. The N has an electronically adjustable suspension but it is a great handle regardless of the setting. Body roll is minimal even in the base setting, and it’s flatter in the sportiest modes without sacrificing too much compliance. The fancy difference also deserves a lot of credit. Not only is the Elantra eager to get into the corner, but it also stays on track even when you dial in the middle corner. It’s so neutral and planted that it almost doesn’t feel like it’s a front-wheel drive car. You can certainly force it to be the underdog if you’re silly, but otherwise, it’s a remarkable effort. Steering torque is even minimal, if any at all.
If there is an attractive point compared to the Veloster N is that you sit higher in the Elantra, remove sport car vibe. It’s also important to note that the Elantra N is a solidly powerful car, though not harsher than competitors like WRX or Civic Siand it’s quieter than a little noisy Honda’s motobike. Those who are looking for more comfort should see something from VW or maybe Acura Integra if you can swing the payouts higher.
The Elantra makes up for that less enjoyable driving position with a much nicer interior than the Veloster. There are softer plastics and a more cohesive interior design with a faux-combination device and full-width vents and infotainment screens. It also has nice touches like the striped faux suede door panels. It’s also much more spacious inside, with plenty of headroom in the front and rear seats actually usable for adults. It even has back doors on both sides. Of course, the N gets sport seats with stylish illuminated N badging. They are very supportive and hold you in position without pinching or stabbing. And the display gets specific N stats like shift indicator, g meter and more.
The Elantra sacrifices some flexibility. It has a much more useful rear seat and although we doubt you can match more into its surprisingly large trunk Compared to what can happen in the Veloster with raised seats, there’s no denying the lost function of a hatchback for carrying bulkier items. Therefore, the Elantra also has a large frame brace behind the rear seats to prevent you from folding the rear seats and sliding long items. But if you need additional cargo options, there’s the Kona N.
As the obvious successor to the Veloster N, the Elantra N is almost as great a successor we could hope for. It’s cheaper. It’s more beautiful. It is more spacious. And most importantly, it’s also fast. Yes, we’ll take some time to mourn the Veloster N, but not to celebrate how great the Elantra N was.