2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2019 Hyundai Veloster

Unveiled earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2019 model marks the first major re-design of Hyundai's quirky three-door coupe since it was first introduced in 2011 as a 2012 model.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo


Although it borrows heavily from the first-gen version – including that model's three-door body style - both the exterior and interior of the 2019 Veloster are all-new.

Outside, the stance looks more planted, the fenders are more aggressive, the cowl point and A-pillar have been moved rearward, while the roofline has been lowered. The fender line is also more coupe-like, while the rear diffuser is larger and bolder. A darkened roof treatment is available, as are eighteen-inch alloy wheels.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Inside, the first-gen's twin-cockpit dash has been eighty-sixed in favor of a more conservative horizontal layout. The touchscreen – formerly recessed in the central dash – takes a page from the Mazda playbook and sits atop the lower dash. Each trim now features model-specific colors, materials, and accents.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

A seven-inch touchscreen is standard, while the optional Infinity premium audio system (standard on the Turbo) includes a larger eight-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, traffic flow and incident data via HD radio, and satellite radio. Also optional is Qi wireless charging and a Head-Up display with an eight-inch projected image that, under normal conditions, displays speed, navigation, cruise control, Lane Departure Warning, Blind-Spot Collision Warning and audio system information. When in Sport mode, it changes to show engine rpm, miles per hour, and the transmission gear. Manually deployed with a dashboard button, the display retracts into the dash when not in use.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Under the hood

There are more changes under the hood. The outgoing base model's 138 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine has been replaced with an Atkinson cycle 2.0-liter unit that produces an additional 11 horsepower and 9 more lb-ft of torque, for a total of 132. On the 2.0 model, the new engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a conventional six-speed automatic that replaces the dual clutch unit that was paired to the 1.6-liter engine. The automatic is standard on the 2.0 Premium trim.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The engine in Turbo trims remains unchanged – a 1.6-liter four-cylinder generating 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a standard six-speed manual (on R-Spec and Turbo Ultimate trims) or seven-speed dual clutch automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (standard on the Turbo, optional on the Turbo Ultimate). R-Spec manual transmission models receive a B&M Racing sport shifter. Turbo models also receive driver preference Active Engine Sound engine enhancement piped into the cabin, three selectable driving modes for automatic-equipped models, and two modes are offered on manually-equipped versions, along with a quicker-ratio steering rack and revised steering calibration. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the 2.0 trim, with all other models receiving eighteen-inchers.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Further separating the latest Veloster from the outgoing version is a fully-independent rear suspension, replacing the simpler torsion beam setup employed on the first generation model.

Fuel economy ranges from an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city, 33 on the highway, and 28 combined for the manually-equipped 2.0 trim to an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city, 34 on the highway, and 30 combined for the dual clutch automatic-equipped Turbo and Turbo Ultimate trim levels.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2019 Veloster advanced safety

Hyundai has also added a number of standard advanced safety features to the latest Veloster including a rear view camera with dynamic guidelines, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist.

Optional safety systems include automatic headlights with high-beam assist (available with LED headlights), driver attention alert, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2019 Hyundai Veloster prices and availability

2019 Hyundai Veloster manufacturer suggested retail pricing (including an $885 destination charge) is as follows:

2.0, six-speed manual - $19,385

2.0, six-speed automatic - $20,385

2.0 Premium, six-speed automatic - $23,635

Turbo R-Spec, six-speed manual - $23,785

Turbo, seven-speed dual clutch - $26,285

Turbo Ultimate, six-speed manual - $27,535

Turbo Ultimate, seven-speed dual clutch - $29,035

2.0, Turbo, Turbo R-Spec, and Turbo Ultimate models will begin arriving in dealer showrooms no later than June of 2018, but there's no word yet on when the high-performance Veloster N will show up, or how it will be priced – so stay tuned.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo