2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

Hyundai’s hot hatchback gets an unbridled redesign for 2019. This caught the attention of a woman walking past the Veloster as I was heading into the polling place to vote on Election Day. Commenting she doesn’t typically like hatchbacks, she said the Veloster was an exception and a  “very cool looking car.”

Indeed it is. With a name that sounds like an asteroid, the Veloster’s quirky, futuristic design is refreshingly out of this world. The new exterior elements include a more athletic stance, a bolder grille, three-dimensional headlights and distinctive LED daytime running lights. While the Veloster comes standard on 17-inch wheels, you can get 18s as an option.

These features help the four seater Veloster exude a youthful enthusiasm, which is also expertly woven into the interior design. Cloth upholstery comes standard, which is all well and good, but I really dug my top grade, Turbo Ultimate tester’s leather seats and the sporty red piping.

Standard equipment includes a seven-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, keyless entry,  Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system. You can get fancier with a sunroof, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, wireless smartphone charging, navigation, and an eight-inch touchscreen.

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Veloster’s basic driver assistance package incorporates automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, driver drowsiness monitoring and a rearview camera. To all of that, you can add a head-up display, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

You’ll find plenty of space and support in the front seats, but adult-sized passengers tagging along in the back may be uncomfortable on extended excursions. However, they’ll climb in quite easily. The Hyundai’s unique “hidden” rear door on the passenger’s side sees to that.

The portal also proved convenient for quickly placing items like dry cleaning in the back seat. Which brings up another point, Veloster’s cargo capacity is quite generous. There is nearly 20 cubic feet of stowage behind the rear seats—more than most competitors. My week’s worth of groceries and a large bag of dog food for my friend’s dog Rocco didn’t even put a dent in it.  Even better, when you fold the rear seats, you’ll get more than 44 cubic feet.

The Veloster Ultimate’s engine, a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four, offers up 201 horsepower. This gives the little coupe plenty of spunk. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but the turbo engine can be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic instead. The powertrain offers three drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Smart. Active. For an even sportier experience, the Sound Design feature fitted to turbo models enhances the engine note. Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway

Pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Veloster starts at $18,500.

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