Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster is Hyundai’s attempt to be different in the hatchback market. It’s a sporty four-door model in the most unexpected way, marrying quirky looks to an equally odd right-side-only rear door to ease passengers getting in and out of the rear seat. With an efficient base engine and more than a hint of practicality, the Veloster wants to be the practical economy car that happens to be attractive and fun.

Hyundai Veloster Overview

Introduced for 2012, the Veloster came standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 138 horsepower, which is mated to a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All Velosters came with features such as aluminum wheels, cruise control and an audio system with auxiliary and USB connections, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. Available features included the Style Package with 18-inch wheels, a panoramic moonroof and upgraded upholstery and speakers. The Tech Pack, meanwhile, could also bring in navigation with a backup camera and keyless entry and start.

For 2013, the Veloster gained a new Turbo trim, which pushed horsepower up to 201 – also available with the manual or a six-speed automatic. The Turbo also gained different wheels, grille and other styling cues, plus heated leather seats, keyless entry and start and a Dimension audio system. A new RE:MIX trim added different 18-inch wheels, a body kit and LED lighting to the base Veloster.

All Velosters gained a standard backup camera and LED daytime running lights for 2014. The RE:MIX gave way to the RE:FLEX edition, while the new Turbo R-Spec was a cheaper and less lavishly equipped version of the Turbo model.

Unchanged for 2015, the 2016 Veloster got a new Rally Edition for the Turbo model, which includes Rays wheels and a revised suspension. All Turbo models got a new seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual in place of the old automatic, and a newly revised navigation system became available across the model line.

A number of hatchbacks can be cross-shopped against the Hyundai Veloster, including the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Focus, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf and GTI.