The 2015 Hyundai Veloster Is An Unconventional Hot Hatch Which Isn’t Actually Hot
The Veloster is certainly one of the most unusual cars of the last decade. What makes it unusual is the three door architecture, where two doors are located on the passenger side, while one door is located on the driver’s side. It’s strange, it’s something the world has seen only a couple of times before and it is a feature by which the Veloster became very recognizable on the roads and that is the only thing that counts.
As it is made as a hatchback with sporty aspirations, the 2015 Hyundai Veloster looks kind of cool. For the 2015 model year nothing important has been changed (everything is great apparently) and the Veloster continued to march on the path it set its sails on back in 2011 when it was introduced.
Even though the car remained much the same, the US 2016 Hyundai Veloster actually was slightly modified receiving a few cosmetic changes on the outside. Interestingly, the hood was changed due to modifications made to the grill which is a bit more prominent now. The grille is actually framed with flashy chrome garnish, while the modifications include the addition of newly styled entry level 17 inch alloys.
As ever, the entry level model is powered by a low powered 1.6-liter petrol engine delivering just over 130 HP. While it lacks the performance of a true hot hatch, this small engine delivers exceptional fuel efficiency of 30 mpg regardless of the transmission used (six speed manual or a six speed DTC). However, what Veloster lacks in performance, Hyundai tried to make up with a rather bountiful entry trim package. Even the least expensive one receives things such as LED daily lights, a rearview camera, cruise control, climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch touch screen, Pandora Internet radio, etc.
High end versions get even more amazing equipment including the addition of the panoramic roof, leather upholstery, LG premium audio system, parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, GPS navigation and other.
Extensive equipment is definitely something where Veloster excels, however, with the higher powered 1.6 turbocharged engine this small Korean car delivers the performance which almost matches its sporty look. Producing 201 HP and 195 lb ft of torque, the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo can achieve 60 mph in 7.7 seconds which is a great improvement over the 9.5 seconds acceleration possible with the entry level car.
Also, the Turbo received a bit more aggressive body kit, 18 inch alloys, sport seats, different gauges and Turbo stitching all over the cabin. All in all, the 2015 Hyundai Veloster is a nicely equipped hatch which can’t really deliver the fun factor of the hot-hatch. If you are in a market for one, the Turbo is the way to go, because it’s faster and not because it’s more fun.