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2016 Hyundai Veloster OVERVIEW
Hyundai's economical hatchback with youthful style, the Veloster is known for its unique three-door layout and generous load of standard features. While it's more about appearing sporty than objective performance, the Veloster can be optioned into a feisty contender in the hot compact segment.
What's New for 2016
The Veloster receives a new hood and grille, plus numerous updates to the available navigation system. Turbo models can now get a seven-speed automated manual transmission. A new Rally Edition takes aim at the tuner set.
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 you would get in a coupe of similar size, though it's not to be confused with utility-oriented hatchbacks.
The standard 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 manual 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 new seven-speed automated manual.
The Veloster is available in four trim levels:
Although the base model certainly looks sporty, it offers only average performance. If you want moves to match the Veloster's style, upgrading to a turbocharged model is practically mandatory. Be aware that the new Rally Edition is limited to 1,200 units, so don't dawdle if you have your heart set on one.
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