Monday, June 16, 2014


If fuel economy is high on your list of priorities, know that the naturally aspirated Veloster has better EPA ratings than the boosted version: 27 mpg city with the manual, 28 with the automatic, and 37 highway for both.

The front-drive Veloster is a boldly styled hatchback with two front doors and one forward-opening rear door on the passenger side of the car. Available with a choice of four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged one, the Veloster has room for up to four people and competes with the Honda CR-Z, Mini Cooper and Scion tC. 

The new things you will find in the 2014 Hyun backup camera, driver-side blind-spot mirror and daytime running lights are now standard, and Hyundai now includes three years of its Assurance Connected Care service that features automatic crash notification and a monthly vehicle health report, among other services. Turbo models gain a torque-vectoring system that can apply the inside front brake when cornering to send more power to the outside wheel, reducing wheelspin, as well as a system that pipes more rock and rolling sound into the cabin. 

There's also a new R-Spec version of the Veloster Turbo. It features unique suspension and steering tuning for improved agility and feedback, a short-throw six-speed manual transmission, red and black sport seats and R-Spec logos. 

Like the other three R-Spec models Hyundai has released (Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec and Genesis 5.0 R-Spec), the Veloster Turbo R-Spec skimps on interior appointments to keep the price down. But Hyundai thinks that people who buy it don't want that equipment anyway, and would rather install aftermarket goodies. The car is priced at $22,110 (including the $810 destination fee), which makes it the least expensive Veloster Turbo model.

The pared-down hatchback's special features include R-Spec-specific sport suspension, retuned steering and a B&M short-shifter for the six-speed manual transmission (the R-Spec isn't offered with an automatic). That's all great, but we can do without the red-accented side skirts and front splitter, which look just as tacky in person as they do in pictures.

In case you are looking to buy a Veloster remember that Turbos are distinguished from the ordinary Velosters by deeper side skirts, a little more sculpting around the fog lamps, LED accent lights, chrome exhaust tips, and chrome accents on the 18-inch wheels.

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