2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Pros: One-of-a-kind styling stands out among compact cars; passenger-side third door provides a bit more passenger and cargo versatility than most sporty coupes

Cons: Sluggish acceleration with base engine; sloped roofline makes for poor rear visibility and subpar rear-seat headroom; not quite as agile as some sporty-compact competitors

CG Says: For 2016, Hyundai Veloster adds a Rally Edition version of its Turbo model. Rally Edition adds performance-tuned suspension, unique wheels, and matte-finished paint. Production is limited to 1200 units. The Turbo replaces its available 6-speed automatic transmission with a 7-speed automated-manual. An upgraded navigation system that includes Siri Eyes Free functionality for Apple iPhone users is available on all models. Veloster combines several attractive attributes into an outlandishly styled package. A reasonably roomy interior for 4 passengers, a large cargo hold, high-tech connectivity features, and respectable EPA numbers help Veloster stand out in its class. Plus, the passenger-side third door is a novel touch that adds a tad more utility… at least among sporty cars. Base Velosters are disappointingly slow, but Turbo models deliver sprightly acceleration and crisper handling that are more in keeping with the car’s zany looks.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 3-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices Base: $18,000
Turbo R-Spec: $21,600
Turbo: $22,600
Rally Edition: $23,950

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138 (manual) or 132 (automated manual)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-36

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

2016 Veloster Rally Edition
2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition
2016 Veloster Turbo R-Spec
2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec