2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Putting the Fun in Funky

    Posted by Shane Kalicharan about 16 days ago

    Two doors or four doors?  When you’re buying a sporty car, it’s a choice many buyers are faced with. But Hyundai did things a little differently, giving you a sweet spot in the middle with three doors in the Veloster. When it first launched, the asymmetric design was met with equal parts intrigue and confusion. As the quirky hatch matured, Hyundai improved further and further on it, resulting in this, the brand new Veloster Turbo. The hot hatchback market is full of established players like the Honda Civic Si, Mini Cooper S, Ford Focus ST and the Golf GTI – and is not so kind to newcomers. Does the brand new Veloster fit the bill? Let’s find out.

    The new Veloster’s design remains as quintessentially funky as its predecessor, but is perhaps a little more mature. It’s a little less boy racer and a little more distinguished performance car. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring by any means. Our tester, finished in ‘Ignite Flame,’ (red,) looked especially sharp with the contrasting black roof and wheels. The roofline is more sloped than its predecessor but inside, you actually get a little bit more headroom this time around.

    While the cabin of the Veloster is dominated by plastics, it is refreshingly clear of rattles, squeaks and other irritating noises – and is a very comfortable place to be. The leather seating is supportive enough without venturing too far into wannabe race car territory with massive, body hugging bolsters. Sliding in to the back seats is also better than expected. For passengers on the shorter end, leg room and headroom is quite good. Taller passengers may not be so lucky. Visibility isn’t the greatest, but it’s easy enough to live with. Just be vigilant with your shoulder checks.

     

    The new Veloster Turbo gets its power from a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine pushing out 201 horsepower. Our tester, fitted with a slick shifting 6-speed manual, felt crisp, responsive and practically begged to be driven with spirit. Hyundai’s manual gearbox was light and easy to operate, even in stop and go traffic. For those who would rather get in and drive, a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox is also available.


    You'll also find a new suspension system, including a system that monitors stability control and other sensors to help improve cornering by applying some brake to the inner-most front wheel. This helps reduce slip and wheel spin during some more aggressive driving – and the system works well. The Veloster turbo isn’t the quickest car, but it’s got the pep you need in a hot hatchback and it does inspire confidence behind the wheel. The fuel economy isn’t bad either, at 7.0L/100km (combined) on regular gasoline.

    Hyundai's original Veloster was captivating, but a little confusing. It had the looks of a hot hatch, but the handling and performance wasn’t always there. Hyundai’s engineers have gone back to the drawing board, transforming the new Veloster into the car it was always meant to be – a pretty, practical and peppy hot hatchback.

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    Hyundai, Veloster Turbo, Hyundai Veloster, Hot Hatch, Hot Hatchback, Performance Hatchback, Hatchback, New Car Review

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