Hyundai's economical hatchback with sporty style, the Veloster distinguishes itself with a healthy load of standard equipment and a three-door layout that's nothing if not unique. While it's more about looks than actual performance, the Veloster can be optioned into a feisty contender that holds its own in the hot compact segment.
What's New for 2015
The Veloster's option packages receive some additional features.
Choosing Your Hyundai Veloster
At first glance, the Veloster looks like any other two-door hatchback with sporty aspirations. But look closely at the passenger side and you'll see a legitimate front-hinged rear door that permits hassle-free access to the backseat and cargo area. The Veloster offers more room in back for people and things than expected in coupes of similar size, though it's not to be confused with utility-oriented hatchbacks.
The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 138 horsepower when paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission, or 132 horsepower with the optional six-speed automated transmission known as DCT. Models with the DCT deliver about 31 mpg in combined driving.
The engine of choice for performance fans is a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter, which delivers 201 horsepower and comes with either the manual transmission or a conventional six-speed automatic.
The Veloster is available in four trim levels:
Although the non-turbocharged models certainly look sporty, they offer only average performance. If you want moves to match the Veloster's style, upgrading to the Turbo R-Spec or Turbo is practically mandatory. Of those two, the slightly more expensive Turbo is easier to live with on a daily basis.