Quirky looks, great features, terrific warranty and good cargo capacity. There’s plenty of cars that offer these. However, the Hyundai Veloster is among the more interesting cars in its segment. Quirkily designed cars are often either loved and raised to iconic status or loathed and forgotten. When it comes to the Hyundai Veloster, the jury is still out. Though it cannot be denied it is interestingly designed. Add to that a terrific warranty, good cargo capacity, distinctive styling and tons of features you’d end up paying thousands for in a more costly 4-door sedan, what you’re left with is one of the more interesting vehicles in the compact segment. Continue reading to learn more about this quirky and fun four-wheeler.
A Hot Hatch That Offers Plenty Of Power For Your Daily Needs
Officially categorized as a three-door hatchback, the Veloster comes with a 1.6-litre turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that puts out 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Standard transmission is a 6-speed manual, though you can also opt for a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. Whichever way you opt for to transfer the horsepower to the wheels, you should be comfortable with the 195 lb.-ft. of torque available between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. Front-wheel drive is the only option for the drivetrain and stopping power is the duty of 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. Overall, it has the power to get you wherever you need to go.
Sporty Character On The Inside As Well
Interior options range depending on the trim level you opt for, though the most attractive choice is leather with accents that match the colour of the body. In addition to the colour-coordinated cabin, the car’s sporting credentials are further backed up by the low seating position. The doors and dash are home to decent-looking, luxury-feel plastic and most of the materials throughout the cabin feel premium to the touch. There’s ample padding on the door panel armrest and centre console armrest alike. Visibility is good all-around despite a divided rear window. Legroom is plentiful, while the three-door layout is peculiar, to say the least. It is far more convenient for rear passengers compared to having just two doors.
What About That Quirky Design?
The Veloster’s look is one of the most highly commented and polarizing features. This is thanks to such details as a saucy rear spoiler, flat top, and aggressive, shark’s bite grille. Some find the Veloster’s design goofy, while others consider it dynamic and innovative. While it may be tricky to classify the Veloster as a hatchback or coupe, it is clear that the extra opening doors provide easier access to the rear. The Veloster is set to compete with numerous sedans and coupes over which it has a significant advantage in this regard, as the rear liftgate makes it a far more practical cargo-hauler.
Should This Be Your New Car?
If you’re in the market for a compact and adventurous three-door speedster with sporty appetites, then pay close attention to the Hyundai Veloster. It is a practical and interestingly designed vehicle that guarantees to turn heads wherever you take it. Fuel economy is at 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 7 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway, adding to the practicality of ownership. With more standard features than you can count and an outstanding warranty, it’s clear the Hyundai Veloster is a serious contender for that empty slot in your garage.