By on September 26, 2018

Someone once uttered several unkind words about the name “Veloster,” claiming it to be one of the most convoluted and forced names to grace a car since the Mitsubishi Mini Active Urban Sandal.

I’m not sure I agree. After all, at least it is an actual name and not something plucked from an upset bowl of Alphagetti. The 2nd-generation Veloster bowed for the 2019 model year and, given Hyundai’s M.O. of high content and low price, we figured it’d be wise to inspect one for this week’s Ace of Base trial.

Retaining its bizzaro-world asymmetrical 2+1 door configuration, the new Veloster inhabits a kind of not-quite-coupe segment in which it is one of the only players. Plenty of indirect competition exists, however, given the V’s price point.

That point starts well below twenty grand — $18,500 in fact. For that sum, buyers will find a coupette (remember where you saw that word first, folks) endowed with a level of kit normally reserved for cars further up the food chain.

Power accessories, body-color heated mirrors, tilt/telescope wheel, Bluetooth, cruise — one could easily create a standard equipment list longer than an Adrien Brody acceptance speech. Technically called the Veloster 2.0, this machine should leave few drivers complaining about value for money. Even though I don’t usually mention it, $1,000 bonus cash off the sticker price is easily found. Bonus.

That 2.0 suffix is not a cheeky and hip reference to the fact that this is a 2nd-gen Veloster, although it certainly could. The number is instead in reference to the size of the engine found beneath the newly-sculpted hood, one which measures 2.0 liters in displacement and makes 147 horsepower. A GTI-fighting turbo is available, just not on the base car. Don’t race for slips and you’ll be fine.

The all-important air conditioning is standard but satellite radio is not. I find this vexing and will simply have to banish the scourge of terrestrial radio by way of an iTunes library, I suppose. Safety nannies like lane keeping are standard, so that’s a plus.

Looks are subjective, but I do believe the Veloster’s truncated trunk cuts a fine shape, with flared haunches and a couple of angry vertical slashes on the rear bumper. At least it doesn’t look like everything else on the road. All six colors are offered with a black interior and cost $0, unlike in the Great White North where some bold shades on this very car cost extra cheddar.

A kicker? Hyundai’s 10-year powertrain warranty, which should provide peace-of-mind to shoppers in this segment — many of whom are first-time car owners.

Whether one likes the name or not, at $18,500 with $1,000 on the hood, it’s tough to argue the Veloster’s value proposition.

[Images: Hyundai]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selection.

The model above is shown in American dollars with American options and trim, absent of destination charges. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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16 Comments on “Ace of Base: 2019 Hyundai Veloster 2.0...”


  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    I had a first Gen Veloster. That’s enough to make me not want the new one.

  • avatar
    Goatshadow

    They started with a hatchback and gave it ass tumors.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    Even if one doesn’t opt for the turbo powerplant, the upgrade from 1.6 to 2 liters with the base engine is a big help. Some may scoff but the Gen 2 Veloster is a decent bit of kit and a great value.

  • avatar
    WallMeerkat

    It’s no Hyundai Coupe/Tiurbion

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    They may as well throw some hard, black, cheap plastic over the rear window and call it a DLO fail.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    “Coupette” I like it. And that standard equipment list is indeed pretty darn generous for a base.

    On another note, I renew my plea for a “Waste of Space” feature for silly and overpriced trims (base or not.)

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Alphaghetti? You wacky Spaghetti-O-non-having Canucks… Did you get Alpha Bits?

    The rear glass should extend down to the bottom of the actual hatch, and the hatch should extend down to the top of that silver garnish, but then it would be a regular hatchback.

    • 0 avatar
      scott25

      We do have Alphabits still, but Alphagetti and Zoodles have been the kings of the canned children’s pasta game for decades. We did once have basically Spaghettio’s but they were inexplicably Halloween themed (all year) and called Scari-O’s

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    I really want to like this car because I would love to put in an N my garage, and I am very happy that Hyundai is sticking by enthusiasts during a time when a lot of automakers are abandoning them (Ford) or deliberately trying to screw them (Hi Honda).

    But it is just so weird looking. I wish Hyundai would just offer the N package on the Elantra hatchback and be done with it.

  • avatar
    JimC2

    These should come with a talking dashboard like the Chryslers of old, but instead of telling you that your door is a jar, it would say “move out of the left lane” over and over again. Make it a standard feature.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    Lack of satellite radio does not bother me a bit. Our car came with a years worth and I wouldn’t pay more than $15/$20 a year for it. They play the same thing over and over again on the classic rock stations and never anything more obscure than “Sister Golden Child” and I would have expected some variety. If I want the same thing over and over I have free radio for that.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    The Veloster name is bad enough, but then one of the DFW area dealer groups (Allen Samuels) had the spokesman in their radio ads pronounce it “Velocitor”. SMH.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    So have sales of this gone up since there is no Scion tC to compete with anymore? (Rode in a tC once, surprisingly roomy inside.)

  • avatar
    otaku

    This is easier to look at than the first generation. Then again, that’s setting the bar pretty low. I think these use a version of the independent rear suspension found on the Elantra Sport, so they probably handle fairly decently. Some reviews say that the mailslot-sized rear glass makes it challenging to see anything behind you. Not sure there’s either much rear seat space or cargo area available, despite its asymmetrical doors/hatchback configuration. Can’t help but wonder whether Hyundai might’ve been better off bringing back a second-gen Elantra coupe instead.

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