The 2019 Hyundai Veloster moves into its first new generation since its introduction. Most everything has been updated and revised providing an aggressive twist on exterior styling. The waterfall front grille is larger and bolder, the headlights are sleeker and better accent the re-worked front fascia. LED running lights are now standard as well as a larger rear diffuser and raked rear roofline to add a more pronounced shape to the back end of the vehicle. The interior is updated around trim-specific color and material schemes and includes an optional 8-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system. A multi-link independent rear suspension replaces the outgoing model's torsion beam setup, promoting sporty and responsive handling.
Hyundai offers the choice of two power plants for the Veloster. A naturally aspirated 2.0L 4-cylinder engine produces 147 horsepower on the Base and Premium trims while a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine pushes out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Base and Turbo R-Spec models come with a 6-speed manual, while 6-speed automatic is available on the former and standard on Premium trim models. Turbo and Turbo Ultimate models come with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
Combined fuel economy for the 2.0L model is 28 mpg with the 6-speed manual gearbox, 30 mpg with the automatic. Turbo models are capable of 29 mpg combined with the manual and 30 mpg with the 7-speed automatic.
The 2019 Veloster is available in five trim levels, 2.0 Base, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo and Turbo Ultimate. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility comes with all models, as well as 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, dual charging USB ports, power windows and door locks, cruise control a 7-inch infotainment screen, Forward Collision avoidance Assist, Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines and a wireless charging pad for your phone of choice.
Stepping into a Premium model Veloster includes 18-inch alloy wheels, an INFINITI premium 8-speaker audio with subwoofer, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, Blind spot Collision Warning, a 6-way adjustable driver's seat and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel.
In addition to the 1.6L turbo, the Eco features upgraded front and rear fascia's, integrated turn indicators in the side mirrors and LED daytime running lights with halogen fog lights. Inside, there's a power driver's seat with power lumbar support.
Turbo R-Spec equipped vehicles are more performance orientated. To accompany its 1.6L turbo engine, the 6-speed manual transmission includes a B&M short shifter, unique sport tuned suspension, steering and even trim-specific dual exhaust. LED head- and tail-lights also come standard.
Meanwhile Turbo models are similarly equipped but with more comfort orientated with options like a 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission with paddle shifters, special combination leather seats with cloth inserts that are unique to the Turbo model giving it its own sense of unique styling. Occupants are treated to automatic temperature control with auto defogging, power lumbar adjust for the driver, exterior mirror mounted turn signal indicators, and heated seats.
Finally, the Turbo Ultimate comes standard with a leather interior with powered passenger seat, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with premium 8-speaker audio, dual automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, Smart Cruise Control, Forward collision Avoidance, and a heads up display.
Standard safety features across the Veloster range include a tire pressure monitor, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and a host of front, rear and side airbags.
Even Base models benefit from such upscale safety features as forward-collision avoidance with automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, and automatic headlights. Premium and up models get blind-spot collision warning as well as rear cross-traffic collision warning. A Drive Attention Warning system is standard on all models, monitoring you're driving and alerting you when it's time to take a break.