2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate, Nifty Three-Door Speedmobile

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 8:13 PM

2019hyundaiveloster475The Hyundai Veloster comes into 2019 with a complete redesign inside and out. Under the hood it’s sporting a new turbocharged engine giving the Veloster a kick of speed. Inside there are new standard tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation.

What hasn’t changed is the Veloster’s useful and unique third door. On the driver’s side is an almost invisible third door that makes it easy to load passengers or stuff. No contortions required to access the backseats. No other hatchback can claim this feature and the beauty of it is that it fades into contours of the car.

The Veloster comes in six trims: Base 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Ultimate and N. This review will focus on the Turbo Ultimate trim.

Equipped with luxury extras such as leather seating surface, a head-up display and navigation system. Added safety equipment includes forward collision mitigation system with features pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and automatic wipers.

Those are just the extras, some of the standards are 18-inch wheels, additional safety equipment such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. In addition, standard luxury equipment includes a sunroof, automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a proximity entry system with push-button start. The infotainment system gets a boost with an 8-inch display, Hyundai’s Blue Link connected services, a standard wireless charging pad, and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system with satellite radio.

2019hyundaivelosterintThe zippy 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine is good for 201 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo Ultimate comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission but my test model was equipped with the smooth-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Expect to get 28/city, 34/highway, and 30/combined mpg.

On the inside the Veloster offers an easy to use instrument panel with logical placement of buttons and gadgets. It was a snap to hook up my Bluetooth to the car and the voice activated system was easy to use. The eight-inch touchscreen was big enough to be useful and offered a good back-up camera.

For a small car, most people will find the Veloster plenty roomy even in the backseats. Even the trunk space is roomy with 19.9 cubic feet. The backseats do fold down for longer cargo but not completely flat.

Driving the Veloster is a whole lot of fun. Acceleration from a dead stop is quick without any noticeable turbo-lag. Steering is good and will get you through tight turns on point. It’s an altogether engaging car to drive with a sporty suspension and plenty of zippy engine power.

If you’re looking for a fun drive with some utility and passenger capability the 2019 Hundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate is worth a test drive.