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2019 Hyundai Veloster Gains Maturity, Stays Quirky

2019 Hyundai Veloster Gains Maturity, Stays Quirky

Since launching in 2011, the Hyundai Veloster has always been seen as a bit of a quirky model. The three-door hatchback gained a bit of a following over the years, but Hyundai would certainly like to attract more people to this little car. With added maturity in the design, new features and more power, more people may now take notice.

The Veloster redesign is certainly overdue, but it appears it has been worth the wait. Hyundai designers have smoothed out the surfacing of the entire body design and incorporated a lower, sleeker greenhouse. The new look is more coupe-like than hatchback, which should have a broader appeal.

Despite the new design, the Veloster’s trademark three-door layout remains in tow, satisfying purist who have found the novel concept a source of practicality.

Inside is a similar story to the exterior. Designers have cleaned up the interior and added more style than the outgoing version, such as bright accent colors. The bigger story inside though is the addition of more technology, including the latest version of Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment system.

For the first time ever, Veloster is gaining other modern amenities, such as auto high beams, LED headlights, lane-keep assist and more active safety features.

Base Veloster will be powered by Hyundai’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Those wanting more juice can opt for the Veloster Turbo, which is powered by a 201 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo that also twists out 195 pound-feet of torque. Turbo models are fitted with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Of course, that isn’t all. Hyundai has also surprised us all with the reveal of the 275 horsepower Veloster N performance model.

Hyundai says to expect the 2019 Veloster to find its way into dealerships this summer.


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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Jan 15, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I'm very excited to see an N version be applied to the Veloster. Also, a healthy 30hp bump up compared to the Sonata's 2.0T.

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    I dig this. I like the fact they've kept the concept, but cleaned up the shape a bit. The promise of the 275 hp N version -- and K/H's slowly improving ability to properly tune a chassis -- makes this look promising. If it drove as well as a Focus/Fiesta ST, I'd be interested!
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