...In Edmunds brake testing, the Veloster came to a stop from 60 mph in a class-average 121 feet. Interior Design and Special Features: Clearly, the most prominent feature of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is its three-door layout. The larger, coupe-like driver door permits easy ingress and egress and the two smaller passenger-side doors provide added convenience for loading people or parcels. The front seats offer plenty of lateral support to hold you in while cornering, and ample cushioning for long-distance comfort. The overall interior design exudes a youthful and modern look without being...
...I would love to take a spin in the automatic version for comparison's sake; while a manual is fun for a while, driving one as a mom gets tiresome after a bit. (See editor Joe Wiesenfelder's impressions of the automatic in a separate review .) The Veloster's sporty suspension was a little rough for my taste, and that would be the only thing keeping me from purchasing one. With all the driving I do on a daily basis, I'm growing to prefer a softer ride, but that's a subjective observation. You'd have to drive one yourself to determine where your taste lies. The Veloster accelerates adequately...
...The transmission also reacts quickly to sharp jabs of the accelerator pedal, kicking down one or more gears for passing power. The Veloster is no rocket, but thankfully it pays off in EPA-estimated mileage: 28/40 mpg city/highway for the manual and 29/38 mpg for the automatic. Both have a combined rating of 32 mpg. Some shoppers are sure to conclude that the Veloster's styling makes promises the drivetrains don't keep. Perhaps they just need to wait for a more powerful version, perhaps a turbocharged one. The most Hyundai officials will say is there's no technical reason the car couldn't get...
...The Veloster also marks Hyundai's entry into telematics with Blue Link, a cellular-enabled suite of features similar to GM's OnStar. Features in the Essentials package include voice text messaging, remote door unlock, remote start, alarm notification, diagnostics and maintenance alerts, a recall adviser, stolen vehicle slowdown and recovery, and more. Blue Link Guidance provides turn-by-turn navigation, point-of-interest search and traffic features separate from the optional navigation system. Under the Hood The sole engine, as of the Veloster's introduction, is a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter...
...Assurance includes safety assistance, collision help (when airbags deploy) and roadside assistance. Think Korean OnStar. Essentials includes voice-text messaging (which requires the phone to be connected to the car via Bluetooth) and location sharing, which at the touch of a button on the mirror sends your car's location to a predetermined group of friends and your Facebook page. Guidance adds all of the navigation assistance pieces such as traffic alerts, route guidance and the price of gas at nearby locations, as well as turn-by-turn navigation. Really, none of the ideas are new to the...
...without budging an inch: “You don’t have to do that. Use the rear door.” There followed a flurry of increasingly ill-tempered questions from the would-be rear passengers: “What back door?” “Where’s the [expletive] handle?” “How the [hot expletive] do I use this thing?” With civil explanations — from me, because the front passenger had stopped talking — the rear door was opened, and the irate rear-seat guests got in and calmed down. One of them said a few miles into our drive: “Hey, this is cool. There’s good...
...And look at that price tag. You do get a lot of bells for your whistles. A handy 7-inch touchscreen is included, keeping many options, like a backup camera and GPS, at your fingertips. Voice commands are supposed to interact with your music player via Gracenote (its Bluetooth connection is included as standard), although this apparently works better in theory than in practice.On top of that, it’s a gas saver, with a not-to-shabby 28 mpg city/40 highway. The 0-to-60 sprint takes around 8.5 seconds, which isn’t the Veloster’s strongest suit, of course, but it’s okay for its class. Once...
Hyundai is expanding its lineup with its fourth performance oriented R-Spec model, the 2014 Veloster Turbo R-Spec. Making its debut this week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto... read more November 21, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
It turns out Hyundai had one more SEMA special up its sleeve, a car it’s calling the most powerful Veloster Turbo designed for the street. It’s been developed... read more October 23, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
This year’s SEMA show is only a month away, which means information on some of the show’s stars is starting to trickle out. Hyundai looks to be one of the more... read more September 30, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Last October, Hyundai rolled out the production version of its Veloster RE:MIX at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Embracing the RE:MIX ethos of “individual... read more February 22, 2013 by Kurt Ernst
Kia’s European branch is set to launch a new Golf GTI-rivaling hot hatch based on its stylish Pro Cee’d hatch, a three-door version of the regular five-door... read more January 28, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran