Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster Still Holds Its Head High Against The Competition

Even with its asymmetrical door layout and a few years under its belt, the Hyundai Veloster is still wearing well and can keep its head held high up against the competition.

The Veloster has had its fair share of mixed reviews over the years with some loving its quirky door layout, reliability, turbo version and distinctive styling, while others don't seem as sold, pointing out things like the powertrain, sight line and options being better spent on other models. However, the coupe ala hatchback seems to still do genuinely well in the review states, even if it is mostly for the turbo version.

The original 1.6 L 138 HP engine may have seemed weak to start with but the top of the tree turbo version gives 201 HP with a twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine and 6 speed manual transmission which makes better use of exhaust pulses and a reasonable torque range. You're not going to get burning fast times with an 8.4 seconds to 62mph, but it has a strong mid-range and handling balance which will you will find throughout the Hyundai range. Old school stuff like a mechanical handbrake may not be everybody's cup of Darjeeling, but it does add some character on top of what is really quite a lot of standard equipment, which includes the likes of power windows, air conditioning, steering wheel with heated tilt, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, pushbutton start, keyless entry, rearview camera, a speaker audio system and active cornering control.

The Veloster Turbo does have its competition, most notably from Ford with the Fiesta ST and the Focus ST, which may be faster, but doesn't provide the same level of equipment. Other opponents such as the Astra GTC 1.6T and VW Scirocco are either not as hot all around or pricier in the case of the VW.

The 2016 Veloster Rally Edition which has a MSRP of $24,785 features a seven speed dual clutch automatic, sports seats, larger front tires and upgraded electroluminescent dash. The 2016 Rally edition with manual transmission is set to hit 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds, which isn't seat of your pants quick, but all things considered with what you get reasonable for the price.

Price point and what you get for your money is the real world conclusion here. The model has been out for some time, has been freshened up along the way and does have a range of models to choose from and with the generous equipment, its what you get the most for your money that counts. Some of its competitors can sprint faster, are not as quirky and may have their sports models more firmly cemented in the mindset, but the Veloster tries to deliver on all fronts and with the reliability in mind, it's still a worthy option. If you want to hang on, the Elantra Sport with over 200 HP maybe viable in the near future, but the Veloster still has plenty of life left for those wanting a good performing all-rounder.


Sign-up to our email newsletter for daily perspectives on car design, trends, events and news, not found elsewhere.