The Hyundai Veloster is pretty unique looking design; a sport coupe with the versatility of an additional passenger-side rear door, one door on the driver’s side and a rear hatch. So basically a three- door plus hatch. For 2019 there is a subtle restyle that makes it less aggressive than the previous generation. In the engine department, there is a new 147 hp 2.0-liter base engine. The 1.6 turbo engine delivers: 201-hp/195-lb-ft torque. The top-spec turbo 1.6L engine is unchanged, however the automatic transmission option for this engine option is now a seven-speed DCT with Normal/Sport driving modes, and engine sound enhancement. The seven-speed DCT is available for an extra $1,000. The Veloster starts at a very reasonable $20,999 for the 2.0L with the six-speed manual transmission and Hyundai’s typical high level of equipment. The 1.6L turbo model starts at $25,899, while the upscale Veloster turbo tech 1.6 starts at $28,899. The Veloster Turbo tech with seven -speed DCT transmission starts at $30,399.
Standard features include: 18- inch wheels, heated seats, remote entry, full power remote feature locks and windows, Bluetooth, rear view camera, Blind spot detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Technology is high through the model range with forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and driver-drowsiness alert. There is also a head-up display on the upper trim lines, with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control, 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. Further upgrades include: navigation, wireless charging and premium audio system.
The Turbo model as tested offers exterior side sill package, unique turbo grille, combination, cloth and black leather seats with red striping, and a few red interior accents The front seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of headroom and legroom up front for taller occupants. The rear cabin, is tight. On the road, performance is up compared with previous model, the turbocharged engine offers plenty of power in the mid- range and gives impressive acceleration. Handling is also good with a retuned steering rack for quicker turning. The shift action for the six speed manual is smooth and unfettered and combined with the fairly light clutch offers easy shifting. To sum up, not much to complain about- the interior could do with or a few more metal pieces to liven up the stark black plastics. However, for the price, especially at the mid-model range, the Veloster offers very good value for money. 2019 Hyundai Veloster. Base priced from $20,999 – $30,399.
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