The Hyundai Veloster is aimed at customers looking for a an affordable small coupe (or, more accurately, hatch) that’s both fast and entertaining to drive. The second-generation model was unveiled last year and promises to be better overall than the previous iteration.
ConsumerReports recently drove the mid-level R-Spec that comes with a 201 horsepower four coupled to a six-speed manual transmission.
According to the reviewer, the turbocharged engine provides nearly instant torque, while the quick steering, stiff suspension and nearly no body lean makes it a blast to drive on curvy roads. The downside to having a sports suspension is that a normal drive, even on mildly bumpy roads, can become quite a pain, as the occupants will feel every road imperfection.
The cabin is nicely put together and aside from a few hard plastics, everything is well made. The sporty front seats are supportive, the controls are pretty straight forward and the infotainment system is easy to use. Also, tech freaks will appreciate the fact that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard.
The Veloster’s main design feature is the unique door configuration. Thus, the car features one door on the driver’s side and two-doors on the passenger side, as well as a tailgate that enhances practicality.
It can be said that there’s a Veloster that suits the needs of most drivers, from the base model, which can be had from just a little under $17,000, to the Ultimate, which costs almost $25,000. True enthusiasts can pick the 250 hp Veloster N from $26,900, or the 275 hp variant from $29,000.