Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Veloster aggressive little stance

Turbo 2013 Version
I just recently saw the Veloster for the first time a few weeks ago and it really had me scratching my head.  It has an aggressive little stance to it that makes it look like it would scream around the corners. If you look inside the instrument panel seems just as unique as the exterior. 

It has some pretty cool standard features. The interior comes with a  7-inch high-resolution touchscreen,  Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, and three
doors. On the exterior there some nice features like Dual heated power side mirrors, three doors, and chrome-tipped exhaust. Not to shabby for a car under 20g.

As said there are three doors Yes three! There are two doors up front and one in the rear. I really like that they gave you an extra door in the rear. It does give you a lot more accessibility. However, if you are trying to get more than one child or drunken friend into the car you are SOL. It would be much easier to throw them in the hatch. (not recommended for children)
Where the Veloster fall short is on horsepower and interior room. It comes in either 128 hp 1.6 L engine or a whopping 138 hp 1.6 L engine. For the size of the car it just does not provide the juice it needs to make you say "That was Sweet!" They are planning 208 hp 1.6 L turbo charged engine in 2013 that could give it the pep it needs. 

As for the interior if you are under 6' tall you should be good. After that you could be at war with the dash. If you are sitting in the back you might as well get a taxi.
As much as I like this car and the cars Hyundai has been producing over the past few years it is not for everyone. Take a look at it and see if it meets you needs. I would buy this car over a Kia Soul any day of any year but that's me. There is a link below to Hyundai's website if you would like more info on the Veloster.

Hyundaiusa Veloster