2016 Hyundai Veloster Driving Impressions


As the engine comes from the humble Accent, some dynamic parts come from the unexciting Elantra, but thanks to good engineering the Veloster doesn’t seem to suffer. Both transmissions are good, and the base engine, if shy on torque, is quite happy to rev. Meanwhile the Turbo’s 195 foot-pounds of torque are available at low revs.

The cornering is fairly flat and mostly crisp, although on patchy pavement it can get unsettled. The Turbo gets stronger brakes and tires with more grip, for more aggressive dynamics. However, the steering offers weighting and feedback that’s less precise than we would have liked. The R-Spec adds a stiffer suspension and B&M sport shifter. The ride is less comfortable than the turbo, without offering much better performance.

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