The New Hyundai Veloster Is Here, and Yes, It Still Has Funky Doors

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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.”