2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Overview

Hyundai’s quirky and asymmetrical Veloster skipped the 2018 model year and comes as an all-new second-generation version for 2019. For those looking for a new hot-hatch the Veloster Turbo has been transformed.

The Veloster Turbo takes the new Veloster’s chiseled, muscular shape and melds it with the latest in Hyundai performance design language. From the exterior, the differences are skin-deep: a mesh black grille in place of the slatted one, along with matching inserts for the bumper grilles. The Turbo model gets unique wheels, a more-aggressive rear diffuser, large central twin tailpipes, and an optional color-contrasting black roof. Inside, the Turbo welcomes its occupants with heavily-bolstered front seats that have “Turbo” embossed across the backs. Distinct interior color schemes are available, too.

Powertrain-wise, Veloster Turbo models receive the same turbocharged 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine as before, with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, which can increase to 202 lb-ft of torque with the overboost function. Drivers can choose from a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic DCT unit with shorter gearing, depending upon trim. But the upgrades go beyond the engine and transmission, as Turbo models also get active sound management that mimics the engine’s sound inside the cabin, three driving modes, a quicker steering rack, and a performance-tuned suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars. Hyundai promises this is all good for more oomph, better handling, and more driving enjoyment than before. Unlike many performance cars, the Veloster Turbo is optimized for regular fuel.

The Veloster Turbo is split into three trims, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate. The R-Spec comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels and summer tires, 6-speed manual transmission, LED low-beam headlights, LED taillights, keyless access and start, an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, aluminum alloy pedals, and a premium Infinity audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer. Turbo unlocks the option of the 7-speed DCT and adds all-season tires, a full-width sunroof, mirror-mounted turn indicators, power lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Finally, Turbo Ultimate builds upon Turbo with color-contrasting black roof and leather seating surfaces.

Hyundai has packed the Veloster Turbo with a decent level of safety equipment that increases across the trim range. A reversing camera and automatic high-beams are standard on Turbo R-Spec, while Turbo adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic detection, and lane-change assist. Turbo Ultimate gets the full monty: a heads-up display, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, rain-sensing wipers, and adaptive cruise control (when equipped with the DCT).

The all-new 2019 Veloster Turbo is graced with original good looks, a comprehensive list of features, and plenty of performance potential. Look for it to arrive later in the 2018 calendar year.


Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

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