Drivin:2019 Veloster

Frank Washington | 7/3/2018, 6 a.m.
Hyundai is conducting regional test drives of its new Veloster and Kona. But there’s more to it than that. Since ...

We had the top of the line Turbo Ultimate with the seven speed dual clutch transmission and paddle shifters. In short, it was a sharp ride. It was spacious with plenty of room for two sizable grown men. The car got 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined.

The bucket seats were deep and comfortable with plenty of lumbar support. I never even looked in the back seat but they did say that there was almost 20 cu. ft. or cargo space with the rear seats folded.

The center stack had a cascading effect. Each row of control buttons were set just little farther inward. There was a band of media controls, then climate controls, and then there was a 12V, USB and auxiliary plug. There was no soft touch dash but it was not that hard either.

This Veloster was a driver’s car. There were three drive modes: normal, sport and smart. I liked sport on the Turbo Ultimate. The road felt good under this car. It had a MacPherson strut front suspension with gas filled hydraulic twin shock absorbers and a multi-link with twin gas filled shock absorber suspension in the rear. And there were stabilizer bars fore and aft.

The torque on the engine meant it could and did accelerate with authority from just about any speed. Handling was great. The route was mostly curving two lane rural roads and the Veloster stuck to them like a sports car that cost twice as much.

Driving through the city, the Veloster never felt overwhelmed in terms of size by the other traffic. Out test model was chock full of creature comforts. It had a premium audio system, a navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, wireless charging, and a heads up display, automatic climate controls, heated front seats, Blue Link with remote start and map updating and a smart key. That was some of the equipment they want to be known for.

As for safety, our 2019 Veloster had stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, blind spot collision warning, automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert with collision warning, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist and smart cruise control. That’s the safety equipment Hyundai wants to be known for.

They’ve got a five-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty; a seven-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty, five-year unlimited mile roadside assistance and they’ve also got other limited warranties that you’ve got to check with the dealer about.

For $29,160 as tested I thought the 2019 Hyundai Veloster was a good and distinctive buy.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com