Hyundai Veloster

2016 Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster is unique. Its an adventurous and daring design, an interesting combination of hatchback with smart packaging, sport coupe with appealing quirks, and activity vehicle. If you want different, the Veloster is for you. Many vehicles have tried like this to be a combination of things, but we cant think of any that have succeeded like the Veloster.

However, if its a jack of three trades, its master of none, and sometimes even feels like a coupe that makes no compromises, good mostly for young singles or couples. Its definitely not a four-person commuter. It has one door on the drivers side and a short rear door on the passenger side. Call it a three-door coupe or a four-door (not five-door) hatchback.

The standard engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 138 horsepower, with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch automatic, both good. Being based on the subcompact Accent, it gets a penny-pinching 27/35 miles per gallon City/Highway rating from the EPA. If you want more torque, and you might, there is Veloster twin-scroll Turbo that makes 201 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque, with a 6-speed manual or paddle-shifting automatic, which can handle the torque better than the twin-clutch. It can spurt to 60 mph in about seven seconds, with better brakes and grippier tires, and gets about three mpg less.

Theres also the Veloster Turbo R-Spec model with a firmer suspension, tighter electric power steering, B&M sport shifter and sporty interior trim. Meanwhile some things are stripped, such as the pushbutton starter, electroluminescent gauges, mirror turn signals, and leather heated seats.

New for 2016 are the standard 17-inch and optional 18-inch alloy wheels, black seats with yellow inserts, and a seven-inch touch screen with navigation, HD Radio, Apple Siri, SiriusXM Travel Link, and the latest Blue Link telematics.

In government NHTSA crash testing, the Veloster gets five stars overall with four stars in frontal impact and rollover. The IIHS rates it Marginal in the small frontal overlap test (telephone pole), Acceptable in side impact, and the top Good rating all other categories.


2014 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster is a sporty, three-door compact car with unique looks, fun driving dynamics and good fuel economy. It launched as a 2012 model with a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter engine that made 138 horsepower and an admirable EPA estimate of 40 mpg Highway with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. The engine used all the right high-tech stuff to get these numbers, such as Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT).

Late in 2012, however, Hyundai was compelled to reduce the fuel-economy estimates of several models, including the Veloster, because of testing errors.

For 2013, the Veloster Turbo joined the lineup. The Turbo holds a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for a peppy 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, along with bigger brakes and tires.

Like the base Veloster, the Turbo gets a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. A traditional 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic is optional. The naturally aspirated Veloster, meanwhile, has a dual-clutch automatic as the optional transmission. With automatic, engine output dips to 132 horsepower.

The Turbo's increased performance predictably takes a toll on gas mileage, achieving an EPA-estimated 24 mpg City and 31 mpg Highway with the manual gearbox and 24/33 mpg with the dual-clutch automatic. That compares to 27/37 mpg with the base engine and manual shift (26/35 with automatic).

For 2014, all Velosters gain a rearview camera, driver's blind-spot mirror and daytime running lights as standard equipment. Turbo models add standard Torque Vectoring Control, along with Active Sound Design in-cabin powertrain sound enhancement. Automatic temperature control is newly standard in the Turbo.

Starting in February 2014, a new Veloster Turbo R-Spec edition will be available, with unique suspension and steering tuning that promises enhanced agility and feel. The 6-speed close-ratio transmission gets a new shift knob, and the short-throw B&M Racing Sport Shifter is said to yield a tighter, high-precision feel. Red exterior accents will be optional. Inside, the R-Spec's sport seats feature red leatherette bolsters with red/black cloth inserts.

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo distinguishes itself from the naturally-aspirated Veloster with a huge front grille, a body kit, different front and rear bumpers, a rear spoiler and upgraded standard features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats and pushbutton start. All Turbos ride on larger, 18-inch wheels. The Veloster Turbo is even available in a matte gray paint color, must be taken care of meticulously by hand.

Veloster styling gets a lot of looks on the highway, although we think it's a tad overdone. The third door is on the passenger side, hinged at the front like a real door. With other three-door compacts, the third door can be awkwardly hinged; not so with the Veloster. It's easy to climb in and out of the back seat, and total interior volume is best in the sporty compact class.

Much of the Hyundai Veloster was designed and developed in the U.S., most notably the rear suspension that gives Veloster an excellent all-around ride that's dialed-in but still comfortable. Steering is solid, secure, and gives great feedback; cornering is stable. Veloster is front-wheel drive.

Veloster seats four. Interior details include nice support at the right thigh, good feel with the three-spoke leather steering wheel, pleasing uncluttered gauges, and digital information that's easily accessed. There's a blind spot at the C-pillar over the driver's shoulder, and the horizontal structural support in the fastback glass liftgate restricts visibility, but it still offers better views than most other coupes.

Competitors include the Fiat 500, Honda Civic hatchback, Mini Cooper Clubman, Volkswagen Beetle and Volkswagen Golf. The Veloster Turbo goes up against sportier, more powerful versions of these compacts like the Fiat 500 Abarth, Honda Civic Si, Mini Cooper Clubman S, Volkswagen Beetle Turbo and Volkswagen GTI. The Veloster might not have the cachet enjoyed by some of the competition, but it offers excellent value for the money and superior fuel economy.


2013 Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster is a sporty, three-door compact car with unique looks, fun driving dynamics and good fuel economy. It launched as a 2012 model with a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine that makes 138 horsepower and an admirable EPA rating of 40 mpg Highway with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. The engine uses all the right high-tech stuff to get these numbers, such as Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT).

For 2013, the Veloster Turbo joins the lineup. The new 2013 Veloster Turbo uses a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for a peppy 201 hp and 196 pound-feet of torque, along with bigger brakes and tires.

Like the base Veloster, the Turbo gets a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. A traditional 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic is optional. The naturally aspirated Veloster, meanwhile, uses a dual-clutch automatic.

The Turbo's increased performance predictably takes a toll on gas mileage, but still achieves a respectable 26 mpg City and 38 mpg Highway EPA rating with the manual and 25/34 mpg with the automatic.

The Veloster Turbo distinguishes itself from the naturally aspirated model with a huge front grille, a body kit, different front and rear bumpers, a rear spoiler and upgraded standard features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats and pushbutton start. All turbos ride on larger, 18-inch wheels.

Perhaps most interestingly, the Veloster Turbo is available in a matte gray paint color, which costs an extra $1,000 and, like other cars with flat paint colors, must be taken care of meticulously by hand. The paint is so fussy that customers must sign a release form that states they won't take it through an automated carwash. Those who pop for the high-maintenance paint will receive a car-care kit with cleaning products they can use at home.

The Veloster's styling gets a lot of looks on the highway, although we think it looks a tad overdone. As a three-door coupe, it totally pulls off the two-door roofline. The third door is on the passenger side, hinged at the front like a real door. With other three-door compacts, the third door can be awkwardly hinged; not so with the Veloster. It's easy to climb in and out of the back seat, and total interior volume is best in the sporty compact class, blowing the Mini Cooper Clubman out of the water.

Much of the Hyundai Veloster was designed and developed in the U.S., most notably the rear suspension that gives Veloster an excellent all-around ride that's dialed-in but still comfortable. Steering is solid, secure, and gives great feedback; cornering is stable.

Interior details include nice console support at the right thigh, good feel with the three-spoke leather steering wheel, pleasing uncluttered gauges, and digital information that's easily accessed. There's a blind spot at the C-pillar over the driver's shoulder, and the horizontal structural support in the fastback glass liftgate restricts visibility, but it still offers better visibility than most other coupes.

The Hyundai Veloster's competitors include the Fiat 500, Honda Civic hatchback, Mini Cooper Clubman, Volkswagen Beetle and Volkswagen Golf, while the Veloster Turbo goes up against sportier, more powerful versions of these compacts like the Fiat 500 Abarth, Honda Civic Si, Mini Cooper Clubman S, Volkswagen Beetle Turbo and Volkswagen GTI. The Veloster might not have the cachet enjoyed by some of the competition, but it offers excellent value for the money and superior fuel economy.


 

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