The Veloster is Hyundai’s sporty hatchback. Based off the Elantra’s base model, they push it down slightly and add that back to give it a more sporty look and feel. That sportiness moves over well to its engine, optional packages including sport tires and of course the ever so fun six-speed manual transmission that makes any sport car that much more fun to drive and handle out on the open road.
- While it now shares its architecture with the new Elantra GT hatchback, the 2019 Veloster skips that car’s twist-beam rear axle in favor of an independent multilink setup;
- The optional direct-injection turbo 1.6-liter, with 201 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 195 lb-ft between 1500 and 4500 rpm, is a carryover piece save for an overboost function that briefly uncorks 202 lb-ft when mashing the gas pedal to the floor.
- As manual-transmission fans, we’re happy the Veloster continues to offer a standard six-speed stick on both base and Turbo trims. A six-speed regular automatic replaces the six-speed dual-clutch automatic on the 2.0-liter cars, while the Turbo uses the same seven-speed DCT as before.
“This all-new 2019 model promises more performance while still keeping the funk factor high.”