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2016 Hyundai Veloster

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2016 Base 3dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $18,000
2016 Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,600
2016 Turbo 3dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,600
2016 Turbo Rally Edition 3dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,950

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.

Hyundai Veloster

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:

Hyundai Veloster

Base

Carries the standard engine and a high level of equipment, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite and Internet radio. The optional Style package adds a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker LG Dimension sound system, 18-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and chrome and piano-black interior accents. Models so equipped are eligible for the Technology package with a navigation system, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, and a household-style power outlet.

Hyundai Veloster

Turbo R-Spec

Receives the turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission, plus performance upgrades such as sport-tuned steering and suspension systems, and a torque-vectoring feature that automatically applies the brakes for improved handling around curves. The contents of the Style package come standard, along with an aerodynamic body kit, a sport shifter, fog lamps, LED taillights, and a novel feature that pumps engine roar through the audio speakers. Seat are covered in premium vinyl. Note that neither the automated transmission nor options packages are offered.

Hyundai Veloster

Turbo

A more civilized version of the R-Spec with an available seven-speed automated manual transmission and not-so-firm suspension and steering tuning. Leather upholstery comes standard, along with heated front seats with additional driver adjustments, keyless ignition, and unique styling elements. The Ultimate package tops off the Turbo with navigation, a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlamps, automatic climate control, and the household-style power outlet.

Hyundai Veloster

Rally Edition

Like the R-Spec, but with even firmer suspension tuning and 18-inch wheels. You also get a racing shifter and special badging and trim. The Rally is finished in exclusive Matte Blue paint.

CarsDirect Tip

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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The Hyundai Veloster has grown a lot over the years, as it went from a sluggish hatch to a peppy semi-hot-hatch with its Turbo and Turbo R-Spec trims. For 2016, the Veloster lineup is more complete than ever, but it is far from a perfect car for most buyers.

Pricing and Equipment

For a sporty hatchback, the 2016 Veloster is actually surprisingly inexpensive with a starting MSRP of just $18,000. At this base price, the Veloster also comes pretty well equipped with standard features like:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Center-mounted exhaust
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • Six-speaker audio system with AM/FM/SiriusXM/MP3 capabilities and a 7-inch touchscreen

For buyers looking for more features and enhanced performance, there are three other trims: Turbo R-Spec ($21,600), Turbo ($22,600), and Turbo Rally Edition ($23,950).

Performance Pros

Hyundai Veloster

The Turbo models are pretty respectable for the class, thanks to their extra power. Additionally, the R-Spec model has some added chassis tweaks that deliver a sportier drive, though it is not a significant improvement over the Turbo model.

  • The 201-horsepower turbocharged engine drops the 0-to-60 mph sprint to less than seven seconds
  • The R-Spec's stiff suspension gives the Veloster excellent feel

Performance Cons

  • The Veloster lack oomph with a base 1.6-liter engine that always leaves us wanting more.
  • The electric steering system is also problematic -- too light on the base model and too heavy on the Turbo
  • A rough ride is the trade-off for a performance-oriented suspension on the R-Spec

Interior Pros

Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai looked to motorcycles for design inspiration and fitted the Veloster with an innovate saddle-like center console and air vents that resemble end pipes. The Blue Link telematics system is standard. And there's decent cargo space when the rear seats are folded.

Interior Cons

  • Aside from the motorcycle-inspired design elements, the rest of the interior is a little blah
  • Forget about cramming adults in the rear seat -- headroom and legroom are short in supply

The Most Pleasant Surprise

For what is essentially a compact hatchback, the Veloster impresses us with a breadth of standard and optional features.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Comfort is not the Veloster's strong point, particularly for the folks in the rear seats. What's more, the ride can be a little harsh and there's significant wind noise at highway speeds.

The Bottom Line

The Veloster is ideal for compact hatchback shoppers who value style and performance over utility.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 132 HP / 120 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd sequential shift control auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 35 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 132 HP / 120 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 35 / 31 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
34.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
166.1 "
Exterior Width
70.5 "
Exterior Height
55.1 "
Front Headroom
39.0 " / 37.2 "
Rear Headroom
35.3 "
Front Legroom
43.9 "
Rear Legroom
31.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,679 Lbs. / 2,756 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
3 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth / Cloth/leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 8 Dimension
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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