Best Affordable Sports Car Of 2019? Hyundai Veloster N

Having a great time usually entails spending money. That relationship is inverted on the all-new 2019 Hyundai Veloster N. The performance variant of the hatchback with the odd third door is the best affordable sports car on the market.

During controlled track laps and squaring off on the autocross against the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Nissan 370Z, BMW M2, Toyota 86 and others, the hot hatch impressed with its aggressive handling, excellent braking and overall value.

The first N-line performance in the U.S. market, Veloster N marks a new highpoint in the evolution of the Korean brand. Launched here in 1986, Hyundai was a budget brand beset with reliability problems. About a decade later, it shook the industry with an unheard of 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that had to be backed with quality. In the past decade, the strategy has been to build out that quality with distinctive design, which helped Hyundai launch its luxury brand, Genesis, for model year 2017. The 2019 Genesis G70 sedan won my vote for best car of the year, with an excellent balance of power, handling, refinement and value.

The Veloster N brings that winning combination downmarket. It is the first true performance offering built on Hyundai’s guiding principles: a reassuring powertrain and new car warranty to repair or replace any original defective component; design meant for everyday hatchback versatility and exceptional handling capability; and an overall value under $30,000 that beats every other similarly-equipped hot hatch.

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