Sunday, October 7, 2018

2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec: The Brand’s Second Generation Hatchback Adds Punch

Highlight: This Korean hatchback contains three doors.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $23,785 (Base model: $19,385)

Seating Capacity: 4 (super tight fit in the back seat)

Standard Safety Features:  ABS; airbags; a tire pressure monitoring system; automatic headlights; heated folding manual mirrors; a rear spoiler with center high mounted stop lamp; rearview camera; a forward collision avoidance assistance center; driver’s blind spot mirror; a lane keep assist system; an electronic stability control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (Base Model): 17-inch wheels; a 6-speed manual transmission; driving select mode sport and normal; tinted glass; cloth seats; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a 7-inch infotainment screen; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: none

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: an AM/FM

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder/147-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular Unleaded

Standard Fuel Mileage:

What’s New:  The nimble second generation Veloster has been reworked inside and out for the 2019 model year.

Why:  The redesign Veloster is available in a manual or an automatic configuration. The three-door hatchback is available in a variety of trims with a choice of two engines.

We had an opportunity to review the brand’s fun-to-drive R-spec trim with the 18-inch wheels and Michelin summer tires. The roomy compact was also powered by the larger 1.6 liter turbo engine, which produced 201-horsepower. The easy-to-shift, 6-speed manual transmission was outfitted with a B & M racing sport shifter, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and alloy pedals.

The R-spec, which was outfitted with a compliable suspension system suitable for a long distance trip, also included such features as a push button ignition starter system, a 60/40 split fold down rear seatback, an 8-inch infotainment screen and an upgraded Infinity 8-speaker audio system with a SiriusXM audio system.

For buyers seeking premium features in the Veloster, they’ll find leather seats, a wireless charging pad, a heads up display system, a navigation system and HD radio are available in the top of Ultimate trim. Added to that,
a new two tone color treatment is available too.

Lastly, depending upon the trim, such safety-driving aids as a blind spot collision warning system, a rear cross traffic collision warning system, a forward collision avoidance assistance with pedestrian detection and rain sensing wipers, can be outfitted on the Veloster.

But: The R-spec model we reviewed does not give buyers the option to add a sunroof and such safety driving aids as a rear cross-traffic collision warning system, buyers will have to step up to a pricier top of the line model.

And, with our R-spec model, the vehicle contains an active engine sound. Unfortunately, unlike in Ford’s Mustangs outfitted with a similar feature, the occupants aren’t able to experience the noise inside the cabin.

Lastly, the Veloster’s rear seating is not designed for rear seat occupants.

Verdict: As Hyundai and other struggle with their car line up, as result of consumers shift to crossovers, SUVs and trucks, the Korean brand has made an invest in updating its three door hatchback. The seemingly well-built vehicle is stylish, spirited and fun to drive, depending upon the trim. Furthermore, the vehicle is affordable too.

Competition:  Chevy Cruze Hatch; Honda Civic; and Mazda3

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