The Hyundai Veloster is a three-door asymmetrical hatchback with a single door on the driver's side and two conventionally opening doors on the passenger side with the rear door actually hidden.
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster and Hyundai Veloster Turbo showcase a comprehensive redesign of both the exterior and interior, along with powertrain enhancements and a host of new and improved infotainment and connectivity features.
Veloster comes with Hyundai's new bolder signature hexagonal mesh grille, LED headlight accents, and black "A"-pillars that simulate a motorcycle visor. Hyundai's "fluidic" sculptured lines join athletic, pronounced wheel arches fore and aft, body-color door handles and mirrors, as well as wraparound headlights and available 18-inch alloy wheels, all combining and adding to the unusual coupe's sporty exterior image. Piano black accents complement the front-end look with red-accented lower intakes.
Trim levels include a 2.0-liter manual-transmission model starting at $18,500, a 2.0-liter automatic version, and a 2.0-liter automatic Premium model. In the Veloster Turbo stable is an R-Spec manual-gearbox model, a seven-speed DCT model, an Ultimate manual, and an Ultimate DCT model with a starting price of $28,150.
The Veloster's new shape is focused on dynamic, muscular performance, exhibiting enhanced proportions and volume. Wheel arches and fenders are more pronounced, and the cowl and A pillars are positioned further aft, connecting the hood and belt lines. The lowered roofline arches gracefully aft to an integrated spoiler lip set inboard of the wraparound tail lamps.
The rear also features a blacked-out diffuser with centered dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets. A backup camera and backup warning sensors are options. The Turbo version features the same wheelbase as the regular Veloster but is 1.2 inches longer and 0.6 inches wider. The grille and front fascia are Turbo specific.
Moving into the cabin, the interior design continues to draw its inspiration from sport motorcycles, with the dynamic center fascia taken from the tank and the air vent design drawn from wide mechanically styled mufflers, while the floor console delivers a sporty and sleek profile. It also features a multimedia touch screen and a technical, non-reflective grain on the instrument panel, as well as stylish, silver-colored grab handles and other trim accents. A proximity key with push-button start is available, as is body-color-and-black combination seating, which requires manual adjustment.
Innovative storage abounds with front map pockets with bottle holders, overhead sunglass storage, front and rear cup holders with storage consoles, a dual-tiered armrest storage box, front seatback storage pockets, and front and rear armrest storage pockets. Two levels of audio systems are available, with Gracenote technology and Pandora. Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control, and steering wheel audio controls are also standard. A spacious 15.5-cubic-feet of cargo space resides beneath the hatch.
Motive force for the 2019 Veloster Turbo model comes from a 1.6-liter, DOHC four-cylinder gasoline direct injection engine with dual continuously variable valve timing and a twin-scroll, intercooled turbocharger. The transversely mounted front mill produces 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm along with 195 lb.-ft. of torque in a range from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. Energy is geared to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox with a dry single-plate clutch with diaphragm and an EcoShift indicator, or a seven-speed EcoShift DCT automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a Shiftronic manual shift mode, and torque converter.
My test 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo was in Ultimate trim with a base sticker of $28,150. It represents an incredible value in a compact vehicle that is not only innovative, but displays an extremely innovative (even if somewhat radical) appeal in its appearance, especially from the rear and side views. It comes with an impressive inventory of standard features and technology, while offering a broad array of option packaging that provides enhancements for personalization desires and requirements.
The ride quality is compliant, even with 18-inch wheels and tires, and the handling characteristics are sporty indeed. The power that's put out by the 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine is decidedly more than adequate, and should satisfy those with the need for more speed. The Turbo is obviously superior to the non-turbo. The only negative issue encountered was that rear seat ingress and egress requires acrobatic access for tall individuals.
In the final scheme of things, this latest-iteration Hyundai Veloster Turbo is a most impressive compact vehicle that's sure to fill the bill for those seeking a sporty yet economic, compact, and technologically innovative vehicle, and its price is really reasonable considering the content level. The Turbo model definitely ups the ante in the performance department with sport-tuned steering and suspension.
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|Base price||$28,150 (as tested: $29,160)|
|Curb weight||2,987 lbs.|
|Engine type||turbocharged 4-cylinder w/GDI|
|Epa mileage rating||29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway|
|Fuel capacity||13.2 gal.|
|Horsepower (net)||201 at 6000 rpm|
|Overall length||166.9 in.|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||195 at 1500-4500 rpm|
|Vehicle type||4-passenger hatchback|
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