Hyundai Veloster Review & Ratings
- 20 August 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Hyundai Veloster is categorized as a compact kammback, and it was introduced on the Korean market in 2011. This vehicle model is targeted towards youth with its compact body, and is marketed to this particular market segment. The Hyundai Veloster is a 3-door hatchback with one large door on the driver’s side and two large doors on the passenger's side. This feature makes it distinct from the other Hyundai models that primarily have 4 doors.
Development and history
There have been a number of concept cars developed for this car model with the most famous one being the Hyundai HND-3. This concept car includes a 2.0 liter DOHC engine with four cylinders and a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Hyundai Veloster’s first generation
This vehicle’s first generation is its only generation since this Hyundai model was released in 2011. This first generation is sometimes known as the Hyundai Veloster coupe and in most parts of the world, this car model is sold with a 1.6 liter, direct injection four-cylinder engine capable of 138 HP. The standard configuration of this model is a six-speed manual gearbox model with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission which has paddle shifter available as the second option.
The Hyundai Veloster Turbo coupe
Developed in 2012, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo coupe is a compact, kammback sports car. It is categorized as a high performance sports car because it is turbo charged. The turbo charged model of the Hyundai Veloster comes with a 1.6L T-GDI Gamma engine that gives different power outputs according to the market that it is sold in. For example, the model sold in North America gives a maximum of 150 kw (201 hp) while the one sold in Europe gives a maximum of 137 kw (183 hp).
The Hyundai Veloster turbo coupe is also different from the coupe in that is has newer and modern LED lights both front and back, side skirts, a larger front grille, turbo badging and very large twin exhausts. It also has a host of other extra equipments that include push button start, sat-nav and back-up camera in the top line models.
The Hyundai Veloster as a race car
A fun fact to know about this car model is that it was driven in the Summer X games during the 2011 US Rallycross Championship Series by Rhys Millen. The version of the car that he drove was a 2 liter engine modified to give 500HP with an all-wheel drive option.
The Hyundai Veloster is cited as one of the easiest cars to turn into a race car, particularly the Hyundai Veloster turbo coupe model. This is because its body can handle speed, and since it’s not very high from the ground, it is very stable when navigating corners in high speed. Race parts for this car are also readily available if you are thinking of making a race car out of your Hyundai Veloster turbo coupe.
One of the things that a lot of people love about this car, apart from the beautiful design, is its cost. A lot of the people who buy the Hyundai Veloster say that they love that such a beautiful car can be so well priced. Apart from that, the car has been tested a lot and the results are always the same: this is one of the safest car models in the market.
Although this car looks weird with three doors, two on one side and one on the other, a lot of people say that this is not an issue for them due to the fuel economy that is offered by this car model. The Hyundai Veloster has been cited to rival other cars that are categorized as economy cars in the fuel economy arena.