What the critics say
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster
New York Daily News
Hyundai’s popular compact hatch has finally earned a full makeover, and, fortunately, “it is still as weird as ever.” Introduced in 2011, the Veloster earned a loyal following among budget-minded hatch enthusiasts who appreciated its driving dynamics and idiosyncratic door layout: one on the driver’s side and two on the other. The all-new 2019 retains that quirk, while gaining power, a stiffer chassis, smoother transmission, and enough cargo space to make some small crossovers look impractical by comparison.
There’s something for every hatch buyer in the five-trim lineup, and even the 147-hp base model “feels a full decade ahead of the model it is replacing.” The enthusiast’s choice is the Turbo R-Spec—at least until the Veloster N and its 275 horses arrive later this year. The $22,900 R-Spec, which has the turbocharged 201-hp, 1.6-liter engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, is “a serious competitor to sporty cars $10,000 or even $15,000 north of the price of this version.”
Car & Driver
Enthusiasts might like it even better if its tail slid more on tight turns, but the new Veloster is “notably more athletic than before,” with “sublime” chassis response and a new suspension that “irons out even brutal bumps.” Stylish, practical, and satisfying to drive, the Veloster is also “a blaring deal” among sweet-driving hatchbacks. ■