2019 Hyundai Veloster Introduction

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster is no sporty-hatch carbon copy. Unlike any compact car on the road, the asymmetrical Veloster boasts two doors on the passenger side, but only the front door on the driver’s side.

Introduced as a 2012 model, the Veloster skipped the 2018 model year. The returned version is nearly identical in form, but slightly bigger. The 2.0-liter base engine is more powerful this time around, gaining 15 horsepower. LED headlights and taillights have been added. Hyundai also has launched a new Veloster N edition, with higher power and a manual gearbox.

In addition to the new N model, Velosters come in five trim levels: 2.0 (base model), 2.0 Premium, turbocharged R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate.

Hyundai has largely carried over the Veloster’s two standard powertrains, but added power to one of them. The base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is now rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, versus 132 hp and 120 pound-feet in the 2017 model.

The 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine is a total carryover, again issuing 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Those figures match every other Hyundai vehicle that offers the turbo-4 engine.

Both engines mate with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional for the base engine, but the turbo-4 is offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Drive modes toggle between Normal, to Sport, and Smart on automatic-transmission versions, but only Normal and Sport on manual-shift models. These modes alter steering heft, throttle progression, and shift timing.

In the new Veloster N, the 2.0-liter turbo-4 develops 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, paired only with a 6-speed manual transmission. An electronically-controlled suspension is installed, with multiple track-tuned driving modes.

Neither of the two rating agencies has crash-tested the current Veloster yet. Every 2019 Veloster gets forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, plus active lane control.

Upper models are equipped with blind-spot monitors, but the base model relies on blind-spot mirrors. Adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection are in the Ultimate Turbo.

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