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The standard features of the Hyundai Veloster Base include 1.6L I-4 132hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $18,000
Lease a 2016 Veloster 3dr Cpe MT for $169 per month for 36 months with $1,699 due at lease signing.
Closed end lease for 2016 Veloster 3dr Cpe MT (Model # F0303F45 / F0313F45) available from February 2, 2016 through February 29, 2016, to well-qualified lessees approved by Hyundai Motor Finance. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. Offer shown based on $1,699 due at lease signing (includes $169 first payment and $1,530 capitalized cost reduction). No security deposit required. MSRP $18,825 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $15,121.55. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $6,084.00. Option to purchase at lease end $9,977.25. Lessee is responsible for third-party fees. Third-party fees vary by state or locality. Lessee is also responsible for insurance, maintenance, repairs, $.20 per mile over 12,000 miles/year, excess wear, and a $400 disposition fee. Disposition fee of $400 applies in all states except in CO, IN, IA, KS, ME, OK, SC, WI, WV, & WY, where disposition fee is subject to state law limitations.
CO, IA, KS, ME, OK, WV, & WY: The amount of 2 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. IN & SC: The amount of 3 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less.WI: The amount of the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by February 29, 2016.
See dealer for warranty and lease details.Cannot exceed 12000 miles per year.
|Base Search New||$18,000||132-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||6-spd man.||27 / 35|
|Base w/Yellow Accent (M6) Search New||$18,000||132-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||6-spd man.||27 / 35|
|Base Search New||$19,100||132-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||6-spd auto with auto-shift||28 / 36|
|Base w/Yellow Accent Search New||$19,100||132-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||6-spd auto with auto-shift||28 / 36|
|Turbo R-Spec Search New||$21,600||201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||6-spd man.||25 / 33|
|Turbo Search New||$22,600||201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||6-spd man.||25 / 33|
|Turbo w/Orange Accent Search New||$22,600||201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||6-spd man.||25 / 33|
|Turbo Search New||$23,800||201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||7-spd auto with auto-shift||27 / 33|
|Turbo w/Orange Accent Search New||$23,800||201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||7-spd auto with auto-shift||27 / 33|
|Turbo Rally Edition Search New||$23,950||201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl||6-spd man.||25 / 33|
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.
We wouldn’t call the Hyundai Veloster beautiful, despite its curvaceous roofline, just distinctive, with proportions unlike anything else on the road. There’s not a lot of trim tarting it up; instead, it stands out with the use of LED headlamps and taillamps, a big black grille, and side skirts.
Inside, the Veloster tosses some conventions aside, although it doesn’t set trends like the sheetmetal does. Not unless you count the motorcycle-inspired bits, for example a center console that’s intended to look like a bike saddle, and air vents suggesting tailpipes. There’s a good number of nooks, bins and cubbies. On the Turbo, there’s a giant start button.
For a compact car it’s spacious in front, but in the rear it’s only playful, not exactly practical. The small door makes climbing in and out a challenge for adults. It works better with the rear seat dropped for a road trip for two, or for carrying gear for a weekend.
The 2016 Hyundai Veloster 3-door coupe with 6-speed manual retails for $18,000, and with the twin clutch automatic it’s $19,100.
Veloster Turbo with manual retails for $22,600; Veloster Turbo with paddle-shifting automatic lists for $23,800. Options on the Turbo include leather, 18-inch wheels, rearview camera and huge panoramic sunroof. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
If you like the quirky looks (we do), and can live with the single small rear door (we can), the Hyundai Veloster has a lot going for it. Decent power and cornering, good transmissions. It turns heads, is fun to drive, and gets great fuel mileage.
Sam Moses contributed to this report.