What the critics say
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster
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.”
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.