Taking a close look at the overall design of cars today can blend together, as most can be easily confused. Most new cars do possess their own design characteristics, typically unique and consistent to the manufacturer product portfolio. However, every once in a while, carmakers push the envelope of design and create a model that is significantly varied from the norm. In late 2012, Hyundai did just that, and introduced the all-new Veloster to the market.
The Veloster not only pushes design departure from the Hyundai product lineup, but also creates a versatile compact that possesses a stylish attitude, while creating a class for itself. Upon first glance, the sporty character of the Veloster is immediately apparent. A wedge-like design that introduces aggressive cues toward the front soon graduates its shape towards the rear, where the wraparound glass hatchback reveals a versatile space. The three door design isn't an original innovation, but allows for plenty of space for passengers, or cargo to enter the rear without the need to adjust the passenger front seat. The rear door has also been strategically placed on the curbside to allow passengers to always have a safe exit and entry.
Although quite compact from the exterior, opening one of the three doors reveals a cavernous interior with volume that can accommodate up to four passengers quite comfortably. Geared towards the Y-generation, a major opportunity customer for the brand, the Veloster comes packed with all the latest technological advancements including a USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming and phone, as well as an impressive audio system. Yet, the contemporary design with easy to use controls will attract all ages of buyers.
For the buyer, this sport hatch offers the best of everything for those seeking a new first vehicle. Benefits include great fuel economy, a low starting price, and a unique appearance. The test car was outfitted with the Re:Mix trim that added exclusive gunmetal 18" wheels, a unique body kit, blacked out headlights with LED accents, and a unique gray color scheme. Best of all, the MSRP of the 6-speed manual tester was just $20,675!
During mixed highway and city driving the Veloster Re:Mix returned an impressive 31 MPG. The fuel economy rating on the highway is noted at almost 40 mpg, which is quite achievable, especially when utilizing the game-like fuel economy system, which allows the driver to play a "game" with the car to try to get the most fuel economy possible.
For buyers in the market for a first vehicle, or shopping for an affordable, unique, and versatile sport hatch, there is no doubt that the Veloster should be added to a short list of consideration. The brand has come a long way, and as the product lineup continues to grow, Hyundai was able to create a unique product that not only appeals to all ages but, is also affordable and offers great practicality. Besides all the benefits, don't forget about Hyundai offering the best warranty available in the industry with 10 years or 100,000 miles covering powertrain.
To learn more about the Veloster, or Hyundai's extensive product portfolio, visit Hyundai.com