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2019 Hyundai Veloster OVERVIEW
After sitting out last year, Hyundai's sporty hatchback returns with aggressive new looks, enhanced technology, and a more powerful base engine. The Veloster's defining characteristic — its clever three-door layout — carries into the latest generation.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster has been completely redesigned.
Choosing Your Hyundai Veloster
Although its basic shape hasn't changed, the Veloster displays more creases and sharper angles, along with a prominent rear spoiler. Once again, the passenger side features a full-size rear door for easy access to the rear seat and cargo area, which has grown considerably. The Veloster can handle 19.9 cubic feet of stuff, or a surprising 44.5 cubic feet with the seat folded. This makes it just as practical as some conventional hatchbacks.
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder serves as the new base engine, delivering 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. With the standard six-speed manual transmission, the Veloster is EPA-rated at 25 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 28 combined. The optional six-speed automatic transmission bumps efficiency to 27/34/30 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Performance fans will be more interested in the carryover 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, which pumps out 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged engine comes with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. EPA ratings are 26/33/29 mpg with the manual, and 28/34/30 mpg with the automatic.
Engine and transmission availability vary by trim level, of which there are five:
With the base engine, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster is more about looks than actual performance. To get both, an upgrade to a Turbo model is in order. The Turbo R-Spec is the most entertaining of the lot, but its firm suspension and lack of an automatic transmission option limit its appeal as a daily driver.
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