Hyundai released the Veloster back in 2011 as an economy car they couldn’t make up their mind on. Should it be a three-door hatch or five? Why not both! After introduction to the American market, the Veloster didn’t really get much notice until they strapped a turbo on it. Even then it still wasn’t that impressive until they really went balls to the wall in 2019 with the Veloster N. A manual hot hatch that pops and bangs whenever you take your foot off the throttle? Yes, please! What’s more, they’re now offering this track-ready weapon with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s so juvenile, we love it. We also knew we wanted to see what mpg we could get with the new Veloster N DCT.
To test the Veloster N DCT mpg, we took it out to see if this new trick automatic transmission helps or hurts the highway fuel economy number and to see how it compares to the EPA’s claim (27). We returned 34 mpg in ECO mode, which is incredibly surprising considering we ran the test in the dead of winter on 87 octane fuel. Compared to the EPA’s number of 27 mpg and Car and Driver’s claim of 30 mpg for both the manual and automatic, we’re very surprised this fun hatchback is also so green. If there were a ratio of 0-60 acceleration to fuel efficiency, this car would rank near the top—it’s also Car and Driver’s quickest front-wheel-drive at 4.8 seconds.
Never has there been a car that has made it so difficult to question if a true enthusiast should ditch the manual and go with the paddles. In this case, if you want to have a stress-free road trip, go with the automatic. The reason plaguing most performance hatchbacks is the manual will give you tinnitus revving a hair under 3,000 RPM at 80 mph while the automatic hovers around a much more comfortable 2,000. If stretched between stops, the range of the Veloster N according to our calculations would come to 440 miles. Not bad for a 13.2 gallon fuel tank.
How We Test
Daily Motor’s real-world mpg test consists of over 100 miles of steady highway driving. We fill the car using the “three-click method,” meaning running the gas pump on high flow until it clicks, waiting 10 seconds, running low flow until it clicks again, waiting another 10 seconds, then running low flow one last time. The lowest octane fuel accepted by the vehicle’s manufacturer is used. We then drive 54.2 miles on public highway in one direction and then back in the opposite direction, trying not to draft or drive aggressively. We set the cruise control at GPS-indicated 73 mph in an attempt to achieve a moving average speed of 70 mph over the entire test. Upon return to the gas station, we refill at the same gas pump as the initial fill using the same method. Miles per gallon is determined by dividing total miles traveled by fuel used. In cases where our observed number differs greatly from the vehicle’s indicated figure and/or EPA’s estimate, we may recommend a figure in between or plan to retest the vehicle.
To see the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT mpg test in action, check out the video: