The 2019 Hyundai Veloster is the second installment in a daring and quirky series by a company not afraid to think outside the box. This head-turning yet practical machine is the perfect balance of style and substance. While other companies seem to be giving up on the dream of an affordable sports car, Hyundai seems to be doubling down with the Veloster Turbo. The base Veloster starts at $18,500 and the more richly equipped Veloster Turbo R-Spec starts at $22,900.
The body of the Veloster is stout and tapered with flared, sporty fenders. Hyundai chose to bring back the unique 3-door design from the first installation, which is a love-it-or-hate-it feature that really sets the Veloster apart from the competition. This quirky layout has one long door on the driver’s side with two shorter doors on the passenger side. This odd choice is a good indication of the direction Hyundai took with the car, one of bold decisions and broken norms.
The front end has an aggressive look that adds to the sharp and modern look of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster. The roofline has been raked more steeply to the rear end, making it look fast and distinct. Customers are vocal in their appreciation for the color options; the sporty red or sunset orange add the flare the Veloster fans so desire.
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster made a significant improvement in the interior. Without changing the compact feel, Hyundai has added more rear headroom and managed to provide an accommodating 20-cubic-foot cargo hold.
Another enhancement lies in the material choice and ergonomic layout. While hard-plastic still triumphs, it is beautifully grained and thoughtfully positioned to add more comfort than the previous Veloster. White on black gauges intelligently adorns the center console that is distinguished by its large touchscreen. This all adds up to a straightforward but memorable cabin design that has pleased many fans and converted many critics.
Technology & Safety
Hyundai seriously opened the doors for their customers with the 2019 Veloster. Their five-trim lineup leaves a little something for everyone with a plethora of option templates across five price ranges. The main divide lies between the base Veloster and the Veloster Turbo. All specs come with welcome features like automated emergency braking, forward collision braking, lane keep assist, and the beloved Infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster offers two different engines. The base model offers a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four that pumps out an impressive 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Buyers have the option of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The turbo option offers a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque for an appreciated kick of power in this slick machine. The Veloster Turbo offers the same 6-speed manual or automatic with an additional option of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
With a tighter and more refined body structure and the choice between 18-inch summer or all-season tires, the sticky handling of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster is one of its major improvements and most beloved attributes. This, along with an upgraded multilink suspension allows for a smooth, athletic, and highly controlled ride.
With the 2019 Veloster, Hyundai is really making a statement for the future. It feels as though they have put a full decade between this car and its older installation. Hyundai is going against the grain and taking risks to produce a sporty, affordable, and head-turning car unlike anything on the market. If you are on-board with the unique design choices, the Veloster is an outstanding deal compared with other compact hatchbacks. Throw in the Turbo, and it’s simply not comparable.
Featured Image: caranddriver.comPosted on June 11, 2018