Official pricing hasn’t been announced, but Hyundai says the Veloster N will be about $7,000 cheaper than the closest competitor.
There are a lot of people excited about the Hyundai Veloster N (I’m one of them). The hot hatch will be Hyundai’s first real challenge to the status quo under its N division performance sub-brand. New info about the price of the car surfaced and it will be cheaper than the competition, too.
CarBuzz reported that the new Hyundai Veloster N will cost under $28,000 with freight. Add in the optional performance package and you’re still looking at a price tag under $30,000. That sounds like a steal for a car that has been getting so much praise and hype.
To put that into perspective, that’s roughly $7,000 cheaper than the Honda Civic Type R and roughly a whopping $12,000 less expensive than the Volkswagen Golf R.
Critics will say that of course the Hyundai shouldn’t cost as much as those cars because it’s not as powerful. That’s true. However, Hyundai’s little hot hatch could make up for that difference with a lower curb weight and smaller overall size.
What Would You Rather Have?
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This opens up an interesting discussion. What would you rather have more horsepower or less weight in a smaller car and a lot more money in your pocket? Plenty of people will choose the Honda Civic Type R or the VW Golf R over Hyundai’s hot hatch. That’s not a smart move.
With that money you saved buying the Hyundai instead of the Honda or the VW, you could put that money back into the car and make it even more powerful if you wanted. You can do a lot of stuff to a car for $7,000 or $12,000.
I’m not saying it’s smart to mess with a brand new car and go adding a ton of performance modifications to the Veloster N, but you probably could build a heck of a lot faster car than the competition for less money than you’d pay for one of those competing cars brand new.
If I bought a Veloster N, though, I wouldn’t fuss with it. The car should be a blast to drive, and if the information from CarBuzz is correct, I’d rather pocket the money I saved and laugh at anyone who bought a more expensive car that does essentially the same things.
Hyundai is doing awesome things with the Veloster N and it’s N sub-brand, and it will be interesting to see if these moves pay off in terms of sales for the company.