4. Slow for a stylish coupe
The styling of the Veloster is its biggest problem too. It’s hard not to look at the unique little coupe and imagine it zooming through the streets. It must be a blast to drive, right?
Well, while the Veloster isn’t unbearably slow, its looks promise something faster and more exciting than the car delivers on. Despite the quick-shifts of the dual-clutch transmission, for those looking for a more engaging ride, it would serve you well to grab a six-speed manual. The car does react quite decently, but its tiny 138-hp, 1.6-Liter direct injection (GDi) engine needs constant shifting to get going in any hurry.
Perhaps Hyundai attempted to appeal too much to the sensible buyer, rather than an emotional one? After all, Hyundai promises 40 mpg on the highway, and the car’s dual-clutch transmission is dubbed “eco-shift” which hints at it’s fuel-economy prioritized shifting habits.
Those looking for more power, the answer lies in the 201-hp Veloster Turbo launching this summer, which starts at a still affordable $22,725.