Hyundai Veloster 2016 Review: An Affordable Stand Out Hatchback

Jan 20, 2017 09:20 PM EST | BC Tabotabo


The Hyundai Veloster 2016 is a stylish little standout. It looks racy and distinct, although it is not as fast as it looks.

Pros and Features. The Veloster is a compact hatchback that is fun to drive. It is uniquely designed and has good fuel economy. It also offers a lot of features making it well worth its cost.

Cons. The Veloster is not as sporty as it looks. It also has a noise and harsh ride quality. Its base engine provides very slow acceleration. In addition, its rear-seat access and headroom are very limited.

What's New? The 2016 Veloster has a new limited-edition turbocharged Rally Edition. It has special wheels, a special color of paint, and a sportier suspension tuning.

The Veloster Turbo also gets a new seven-speed automated M/T and new seats. The base and Turbo models also get an upgraded navigation system with tech integration features.

Models. The Hyundai Veloster 2016 comes in four different models: base, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo Rally Edition, and Turbo. The base model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, and full power accessories. In addition, it also has heated mirrors, a rearview camera, cruise control, and other tech features. There is an available Style package which adds 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and other tech and comfort upgrades.

The Veloster Turbo R-Spec has a more powerful engine, a lower body kit, and sport-tuned suspension. It also has a special torque-vectoring that applies the brakes selectively to improve handling. In addition, it also adds LED headlights, a better sound system, and other features from the Style package.

The Turbo Rally Edition adds 18-inch Rays wheels. It also has a sportier suspension and leather upholstery. It comes only in "Matte Blue" paint which is also unique to the Rally Edition.

The Turbo features less aggressive suspension turning and steering. It adds creature comforts like unique wheels, different styling elements, and leather upholstery. Other special features like keyless ignition and entry and lumbar adjustment are also available.

Verdict. The Hyundai Veloster 2016 is an affordable and unique compact pseudo-hatchback. While it may not be as fast as it looks, it is fun to drive and is fuel efficient as well.

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