This fun and feisty ‘starter sports car’ will inspire you to do more.
Hyundai has been working hard to shed its “starter car” image. But in the case of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster, ‘starter’ is right where it wants to be.
That’s because this car is might be viewed as the gateway to a performance driving hobby.
We took the Veloster out to Palm Springs not long with a group women. Our goal was to drive cars, take photos, learn track driving and have fun.
Who This Car is For
Redesigned for 2019, the Veloster has refined lines on the outside and a new lineup of features, appealing to both new drivers and those who want the Veloster experience and a good looking sports car. This car is best for:
- Drivers who love a sporty drive experience, who love to be close to the road
- First time car buyers or owners who want a true driver’s experience
- Buyers who want to be a part of #VelosterNation
- Drivers who occasionally need to accommodate back seat passengers
- Buyers who love the space and flexibility of a hatchback
What This Car Costs
This might be the best part of the Veloster lineup: there are no add-ons; customers can buy the trim that fits their needs. Here’s how pricing breaks down and what you get:
- 2019 Veloster 2.0 with 147 horsepower, lane keep assist, forward collision avoidance, infotainment system, 7” display screen and Apple Car Play or Android Auto, $18,500
- Veloster 2.0 Premium adds a heated seats, blind spot monitors, lane keep assist, sun roof, Qi wireless charging and premium Infinity sound system, $22,750
- Veloster Turbo R- Spec takes the horsepower up to 201 and adds sport tuned suspension, $22,900
- Veloster Turbo adds a sun roof, heated front seats and blind spot monitors, $25,400
- Veloster Turbo Ultimate adds head up display, adaptive cruise control and wireless charging, $26,650
- Delivery charge: $885
- Price of the model we drove with deliver: $23,760
Soon Hyundai dealers will have the Veloster N in stock; it features 275 horsepower, track tuning and more. Pricing has not yet been announced but expect this to be what #Velosternation aspires to.
Close to the Road, Right Where You Want to Be
It’s that moment that you learn the beauty of velocity: the road comes at you fast and you can see the curbs, the bumps, the turns as they unfold in front of you. You shift your mind into drive mode and your posture stiffens, your hands take a natural place on the wheel and you’re in the zone. You’re really driving.
We so rarely get to do this. Our SUVs—which we LOVE for all they do for us— our kids, our cul-de-sacs and speed-bumped neighborhoods, our traffic-clogged highways keep us at a safe and civil pace. But when we get the chance to have the road to ourselves, to feel the pull of velocity in our bellies, to really feel every one of those horses, it makes us grin.
And that is what the Veloster is designed for. Yes, it’s fine crawling along the 405 freeway, hitting the drive through at In-n-Out, inching along in the preschool pick up line. But when traffic necessitates a detour on Mulholland Drive or the Palisades Parkway (or the detour is intentional) the Veloster is at its best. Even the 2.0 Premium edition, with 147 horsepower, versus 201 in the Turbo edition, was sporty, responsive and fun to drive. It reminded us why we fell in love with driving to begin with.
Roomy and Comfortable for the Long Haul
What we love about a hatchback? The space. On our drive to Palm Springs I had my friends Dawn and Karen in the car with me. Our luggage fit with room to spare in the cargo area, so we were comfy and relaxed on the ride. Of course we chatted the whole way! Conversation was easy and the cabin was quiet, even on some of the more rutted roads on our journey. I appreciated the car’s cruise control (though I would considering upgrading to turbo Ultimate for about $3,900 just for that feature) but most of all, Apple Car Play! We were able to plug our phones into the USB port and get Apple Car Play instantly. I love this about Hyundai.
On the return trip to LA, we had four passengers plus luggage and were still comfy! It probably helped that some of our passengers were not particularly tall.
Small Car But Accessible Space Thanks to the Third Door
Yes, this is a three-door car, as in 3 passenger doors: One on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side. This lets your friends (or kids) hop in and out easily without having to push the driver’s seat forward. It’s also great for a new parent with a child in a car seat who doesn’t want to give up the sports car: you can easily access the rear seat from the rear passenger door to install a car seat and get your kid strapped in.
And when that parent is ready to upgrade to a more mature and sophisticated car? Hyundai certainly has lots of options, but after driving the Veloster, we wouldn’t be surprised if the N edition was their next car. After all, any good starter will clearly direct you where to go next, in this case to one that evokes even more grins and sport-tuned fun.
Disclosure: The Hyundai Veloster was provided for this story; all opinions are my own.
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