Remember the Hyundai Veloster? It was sold in the UK for a few years, but dropped in 2014 after proving a bit too niche. It carried on in other markets, mind, proving particularly popular in the US. It boasted a surprisingly good chassis, cloaked in an asymmetrical body with a single door on one side, and a pair of them on the other. There was plenty to hold your interest. But what it lacked was power. That’s something the new Hyundai Veloster N sorts out from the off. It shares its 271bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine and other assorted oily bits with the Hyundai i30 N, which has just gone on sale in Europe. In short, then, the Veloster N is America’s Hyundai hot hatch. They’re 18in as standard, with 19s wrapped in grippy Pirelli P-Zero rubber optional. It comes only with a six-speed manual gearbox – aka stick-shift – with the car rev-matching downchanges if you like. Though you can turn that off and do it yourself. There are even shift … [Read more...] about The Hyundai Veloster N is America’s i30 N
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Some either hate or love the quirky three-door Hyundai Veloster, which on the outside, embodies most of what a hot hatch should be, with its bulging fenders and its fast-back roof. But with only 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque motivating its front wheels, “hot” is taken out of the equation. Nevertheless, the Veloster has been selling rather well, with 838 units sold within the first two weeks it went on sale in mid-September, and almost 10,000 sold in 2011, which isn’t bad (at all) for an unusual vehicle that went on sale late into the year. Packed with an abundance of infotainment features like BlueLink voice text messaging system and Pandora, the Veloster’s lack of speed is where it previously fell short. But with the recently-unveiled 2013 Veloster Turbo in the pipeline, do you think this will help “fix” the three-door coupe? Will the bump up to 201-hp and 195 lb-ft or torque (and a few cosmetic enhancements) get your swing vote? Let us know in the … [Read more...] about Thread of the Day: Will a Turbo Fix the Hyundai Veloster?
Today’s TOTD is pretty straightforward, but we’ll set it up with a bit of background before we pose the actual question. It could be said that Hyundai has been pretty conservative with the styling of its vehicles up until very recently. Past designs, and arguably a few from today as well, have even been called derivative and unoriginal. But when Hyundai does break away from that trend every now and again, the Korean automaker really goes all out. An example of a good design that’s both bold and original might be the current Elantra, with its sleek, wind-tunnel-shaped lines. A bad one? The awkwardly-styled and overly aggressive first-gen Tiburon comes to mind. The subject of today’s TOTD, the Hyundai Veloster, is a Hyundai we can’t quite decide which category to place in. It’s certainly bold and original, but the question is whether that’s in a good or bad way. Forum user BachelorFrog want to know where you stand on this polarizing car in … [Read more...] about Thread of the Day: Do You Like the Hyundai Veloster?
James May claims that he knows when he is driving a car with character and panache because a fizzing sensation engulfs the root of his penis. Unfortunately, because my groin is unmoved by inanimate objects, I have to rely on other means to determine whether a car has flair and zing and all the little things that somehow elevate it from something you need to something you want. I don’t know what these ‘means’ are. I have not the vaguest clue how I know the Fiat Panda has character and the Toyota Avensis does not. There is not one single tangible reason why I love the Ferrari 458 Italia but only respect the McLaren MP4-12C. Both cars do the same thing and make the same noise, but one makes your heart sing and the other doesn’t. It’s even more peculiar with the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Freelander. Both come from the same people and are designed to do the same job, but one is a tool that will not stir James’s tool into action. … [Read more...] about Clarkson on the Hyundai Veloster
The second generation of Hyundai’s funky Veloster hatchback is right around the corner, and we came across these camouflaged photos that give us our best glimpse yet at what it will look like. From what we can see through the colorful disguise, the new Veloster features more distinctive side surfacing, although its overall shape doesn’t change much. And, yes, the three-door arrangement continues, even if the passenger-side rear door is not visible in these images.We’re told that these photos show the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, which we assume will use the same turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder found in the current Veloster. Expect about 200 horsepower, with the engine’s output sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base Veloster should use the same 161-hp naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four as the Elantra GT, given that the three-door shares its basic underpinnings with that hatchback.Perhaps … [Read more...] about Hatchback in Hiding: The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Steps Out in Disguise
Yesterday, I learned a very valuable lesson in Journalism 101, having published erroneous information before having it confirmed.Inside Line initially reported that the Hyundai Veloster Turbo would carry a $1600 premium over the base car. That story doesn’t exist anymore. No correction was issued either.A quick call to John Krafcik revealed that while the Veloster Turbo powerplant adds another $1600 to the cost of the car, the Turbo itself will have more equipment than the base Veloster. Krafcik told me that the Veloster Turbo will be priced north of $20,000, but we’ll have to wait another 24 hours for pricing. … [Read more...] about So…About That Sub-$20k Hyundai Veloster Turbo. It’s Not Happening.
Finally, the real story on the Hyundai Veloster Turbo pricing is here. $22,725 (including the $775 destination fee). A 6-speed automatic is another $1,000.With 201 horsepower and 38 mpg highway, the Veloster Turbo has the Mini Cooper S and Fiat 500 Abarth beat on paper in those two areas, but faces a significant battle when it comes to outright driving enjoyment. The base Veloster isn’t the most engaging car, and the Mini Cooper S and 500 Abarth seem to have that part of the equation nailed down, as well as having whatever prestige one can get from owning a European car.We’ll be driving the Veloster Turbo in a couple weeks, and definitive answers will be available as soon as the embargo lifts. … [Read more...] about Hyundai Veloster Turbo Priced At $22,725
The Hyundai Veloster has all the looks of a hot hatch, but sadly none of the hotness. The biggest complaint about the Korean automaker’s quirky three-door coupe has been its lack of power, with only 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque motivating its front wheels. Hyundai is responding at the 2012 Detroit show with the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, a 201-hp version that will arrive in summer 2012. Now that the Veloster can be had with the power to complement its racy looks, will it achieve true hot hatch greatness? On the outside, a few cosmetic enhancements give the already showy Veloster an even more rambunctious presence. The Veloster Turbo maintains the standard model’s 104.3-inch wheelbase but grows 1.2 inches in length, and adds 0.6 inch in width. Gone is the standard Veloster’s bucktoothed front end, replaced by a wide-open, hexagonal grille flanked by small, round foglights. The Veloster Turbo also gets a unique rear valance with a diffuser and new dual round-tip … [Read more...] about 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
With the Civic Type R expected to appear on lots any day now, and no end in sight to the continued popularity of the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, consumers can be forgiven for not thinking about the Hyundai Veloster.The long-in-the-tooth model remains a valuable oddball for the automaker, but it isn’t without its flaws — namely, a super-harsh ride. Still, it’s a quirky model that adds flair in an increasingly conformist marketplace. Hyundai even saw fit to endow the Veloster with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in a bid to perk up its little hatch.Despite falling sales, Hyundai isn’t giving up on the model, and a new report claims the Korean automaker could give the next-generation Veloster a heaping dose of competitiveness in the hot hatch segment.According to Australia’s Motoring, Hyundai’s fledgling N performance division will likely put its stamp on the next-gen Veloster. Currently, the automaker is readying an N variant of its … [Read more...] about Next-Gen Hyundai Veloster Could Turn Up the Heat
The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo I’m driving this week is not a great car. Ride quality is abysmal. The dual-clutch transmission chronically delays the actual act of transmitting. Present are a number of negative symptoms with which we associate “sportiness,” but few and far between are the dividends we expect to be paid in exchange for those negative symptoms.Yet more than five years into its run, the Hyundai Veloster continues to produce healthy volume for Hyundai USA while also providing the market with something it lacks: unique, interesting, “sporty” proposals for the small car buyer who doesn’t want a ho-hum everyday sedan.Remember when other automakers used to do the same? The Mazda MX-3, Nissan NX, Geo Storm/Isuzu Impulse and Toyota Paseo, for example — cars with humble foundations that reached higher with unique bodywork. We need more of that.Again, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo isn’t a great car. It won’t go … [Read more...] about Driving This 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Tells Me We Need More Small Car Coachwork