If you want a small car that does not cost that much, returns good fuel economy, and is sporty and unique, you should check out the 2014 Hyundai Veloster. But since it does not have much room and cargo space to offer, you might want to look at bigger cars.
NEW FOR THE 2014 VELOSTER
- R-Spec trim level
- standard rearview camera, blind spot mirror and daytime running lights on the base model
- optional automatic climate control on the Turbo
UNDER THE HOOD
The base Veloster is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which can be paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch automatic. This engine makes 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque with a manual transmission, and 132 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque with an automatic.
The Turbo models have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four that generates 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Like the base engine, it can also go with either a manual or an automatic transmission.
The EPA fuel economy ratings of the Veloster are lower this year at:
|Hyundai Veloster, manual||26/35|
|Hyundai Veloster, automatic||28/36|
|Hyundai Veloster Turbo, manual||24/33|
|Hyundai Veloster Turbo, automatic||24/31|
ON THE ROAD
The base engine gives the Veloster adequate power. But the 201-hp four-cylinder makes the compact car more exciting to drive. If you do, however, want to stick with the base, we recommend getting it with a dual-clutch automatic for more power.
The Turbo handles better than the base, thanks to the stickier tires and the more powerful engine. Also, braking is excellent with the four-wheel discs. The electric power steering, however, lacks feedback and sometimes makes the steering feel heavy.
The lightweight Veloster stays composed in almost all road conditions except on really bad surfaces. And the 18-inch wheels of the Turbo models do not really make the ride quality worse. Many reviewers have actually praised the South Korean automaker for doing a good job on the Veloster’s handling and ride.
INSIDE THE 2014 VELOSTER
A feature that attracts inside the Veloster is the large LCD display at the middle of the dash. It’s something not many cars in the segment have. The interior design is sporty, as evident on the instrument panel and center console, but does not compromise functionality.
Another thing that’s unique about the Veloster is its body style. It is a three-door hatchback. The third door is at the passenger side and it looks like it’s hidden because it does not have a door handle. But because of this stealth third door, access to the back seat is easier than in most competing cars. The headroom back there is adequate, but not for taller passengers.
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster has three trim levels. The base Veloster comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, blind spot mirror, rearview camera, daytime running lights, remote keyless entry, headlights with LED accents, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, Blue Link telematics system, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, 7-inch LCD display, satellite radio, cloth seats, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, auxiliary input jacks, and LCD trip computer.
The new Veloster Turbo R-Spec features 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome accents, unique front fascia, projector headlights, LED taillights, fog lights, unique interior seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, B&M Racing sport shifter, 8-speaker audio system, and R-Spec floor mats.
The Veloster Turbo gets engine immobilizer, turn signal indicators, proximity key entry with push-button start, lumbar support for driver seat, leather seats with Turbo stitching, heated front seats, Piano Black interior accents, and electroluminescent gauge cluster.
Some available features are navigation system, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, automatic cruise control, panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, and backup warning sensors.
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