The Truth About Cars » hyundai veloster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:25:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » hyundai veloster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Hyundai Veloster C3 Rolltop – The Korean Cabrio: 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/hyundai-veloster-c3-rolltop-the-korean-cabrio-2012-los-angeles-auto-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/hyundai-veloster-c3-rolltop-the-korean-cabrio-2012-los-angeles-auto-show/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468351

Part Fiat 500C and part GMC Envoy XUV, the Volster C3 rolltop concept has a rolling canvas roof (like the Fiat) designed to help make it easy to carry tall objects (like the XUV). The roof can roll two ways, away from the cargo area to carry tall objects, or away from the passengers to help get some sunshine on their heads. Underneath, it’s all Veloster Turbo mechanicals.

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B&M Shifters On The Way For Hyundai Accent, Veloster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/bm-shifters-on-the-way-for-hyundai-accent-veloster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/bm-shifters-on-the-way-for-hyundai-accent-veloster/#comments Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:21:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457845

Hyundai doesn’t get every bit of a car perfect before introducing it. No auto maker does. But Hyundai does pay attention to feedback from reviewers and owners, and often upgrades its cars in response to criticism. Only in its fourth model year, the Genesis Coupe already has had its interior upgraded twice.

My least favorite part of the 2012 Accent SE was the cheap, sloppy feel of its manual shifter. In the past, Hyundai included B&M-supplied short throw shifters in driver-oriented versions of both the Accent and the Elantra Touring. Why not with the current cars? Well, towards the end of 2012 a B&M shifter will become optional in the Accent. Later one will also be offered in the Veloster. No plans have been announced to also offer a short-throw shifter in the new Elantra GT, but one seems a natural fit for an upcoming more powerful engine option.

Michael Karesh operates TrueDelta, an online source of automotive pricing and reliability data.

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Hyundai Generation Why Intramural League, Second Place: 2013 Veloster Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/hyundai-generation-why-intramural-league-second-place-2013-veloster-turbo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/hyundai-generation-why-intramural-league-second-place-2013-veloster-turbo/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:05:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450557  

“If you want a Veloster Turbo, you can buy one right now – it’s called the Genesis Coupe.”

That’s what Hyundai CEO John Krafcik told us at the launch of the Veloster last year, when asked about the possibility of a performance version of Hyundai’s distinctive-looking hatchback. Less than a year later, we have a boosted Veloster and a Genesis Coupe that’s better than ever.

The original Veloster was heralded as the return of the Honda CRX, but it failed to capture the ethereal magic of the lightweight, two-seat Honda hatchback. The Veloster, meant to be a do-it-all car for the generation that doesn’t like cars, has a rear seat, a strange third-door, oddball styling and an emphasis on gas mileage and green credentials. The CRX put performance first, and its miserly fuel consumption just happened to be a byproduct of its tin-can construction.

The Veloster Turbo, with its 201 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, is supposed to go up against cars like the Fiat 500 Abarth, Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI, hot hatches with serious pedigree and the dynamic chops to back up their “branding”. The Veloster Turbo isn’t a real competitor for any of these; instead, it’s the car that I wish the Veloster was from the start.

Aside from the new engine, there’s not too many changes versus the base car. The front fascia is more aggressive and mitigates some of the car’s goofy asthetics. The chassis is apparently unchanged, though the steering feels quicker and better weighted. One notable omission is the dual-clutch gearbox, which wasn’t able to handle the added torque of the boosted motor. In its place is a six-speed automatic transmission.

The day began behind the wheel of a two-pedal car, down the undulating, up-and-down roads of a part of California best known for being close to Mexico. The biggest standout here was that the automatic is an exceptionally poor bit of equipment. Everything feels delayed and lethargic, likely due to its bias towards fuel economy. Using the paddle shifters for spirited driving isn’t much of a held either, since they revert back to full-automatic mode and upshift so quickly that the driver must constantly engage them to keep up any sort pace. Then again, the dual clutch in the Veloster isn’t anything special either.

A switch to the manual transmission happened at the earliest possible moment. Deciding on the shift points yourself yields a more positive view of the powertrain. The 6-speed manual isn’t a class leader in terms of shift feel, but it does allow a greater appreciation of the 1.6L engine. For a turbo engine, it feels very linear, with a strong pull through the rev range. It’s less boisterous than say, the Cooper S, but for the target market, it will go down much smoother.

While the ride is much smoother than the Cooper S, the Veloster Turbo doesn’t have the sophistication of the GTI either. Hyundai claims that the chassis settings are the same as the base car, but the overall effect is that the ride and handling emulate what people think “sporty” should be (jittery and stiff) rather than providing a supple, well-controlled ride and engaging handling. Turning up the heat on the Veloster Turbo is rewarding, and it feels easy to drive quickly, but ultimately, this is a more powerful version of the Veloster, rather than a serious hot hatch. It has nothing to do with the lack of an independent rear suspension, or a missing limited slip or any of the other mortal sins in the eyes of auto journalists.

Hyundai knows that the target market for this car will be more concerned with the Pandora integration, the ability to hook up an Xbox and play it using the in-dash screen and the optional matte gray paint, that looks really cool but needs its own care regimen. The Veloster Turbo is a fairly shrewd move on the part of Hyundai; for the target buyer, it will feel “fast”, look cool (or at least distinctive) and deliver on the Veloster’s original mission of being practical, distinctive and efficient.

The Veloster Turbo starts at $21,950 and tops out at $24,450 when equipped with the lone option package that adds a backup camera, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a 115-volt power outlet and automatic headlights. The automatic transmission and matte gray paint each cost another $1,000. At that price point, I’d have to pass in favor of something with more performance, even at the expense of fewer gadgets and more fuel consumption. Something that can be hand in the same showroom as the Veloster Turbo. But for Veloster buyers (who seem to span a broad range of ages, based on marketing data I’ve seen), the Turbo will be an easy upsell over the base car, which starts in the $18,000 range. The biggest issue for me is that Hyundai offers something that is genuinely great to drive, is practical, efficient and doesn’t look like your first new car after graduating from college.

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Hyundai Veloster Turbo Priced At $22,725 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/hyundai-veloster-turbo-priced-at-22725/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/hyundai-veloster-turbo-priced-at-22725/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:05:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447683

Finally, the real story on the Hyundai Veloster Turbo pricing is here. $22,725 (including the $775 destination fee). A 6-speed automatic is another $1,000.

With 201 horsepower and 38 mpg highway, the Veloster Turbo has the Mini Cooper S and Fiat 500 Abarth beat on paper in those two areas, but faces a significant battle when it comes to outright driving enjoyment. The base Veloster isn’t the most engaging car, and the Mini Cooper S and 500 Abarth seem to have that part of the equation nailed down, as well as having whatever prestige one can get from owning a European car.

We’ll be driving the Veloster Turbo in a couple weeks, and definitive answers will be available as soon as the embargo lifts.

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NAIAS Preview: Hyundai Veloster Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-preview-hyundai-veloster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-preview-hyundai-veloster/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:41:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424813

Despite constant denials during the press event attended by Ed and I (“If you want a Veloster Turbo,” Hyundai’s John Krafcik said, “go buy a Genesis Coupe,”) Hyundai will debut a turbocharged version of their Veloster coupe at the Detroit Auto Show.

The lack of power may have been a demerit for the original car, and Hyundai has remedied that with a 201 horsepower 1.6L turbocharged engine making 195 lb-ft of torque. But weight is up from 2,584lbs to a supposed 2,800lbs – can the turbo and its associated hardware really weight over 200 lbs? Fuel economy is said to come in at 27/38 mpg, better than the Mini Cooper S and its 27/35 rating, which is likely attributable to a very tall 6th gear – or the awful dual clutch option being tuned for fuel economy rather than performance, just like on the standard car.

Other details haven’t been released, but expect them soon once the embargo lifts (one that we weren’t privy to).

 

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