South Korean car automobile manufacturer, Hyundai, has been pinching an increasing market share with sleek designs such as found on the 2017 Hyundai Veloster. This is by no means accidental, but thorough determination. A determination to attract a younger generation of car owners and enthusiasts.
Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture” signature design is very much evident in this new variant and goes in consonance with the bulging wheel arches.
Customers can expect an impressive aerodynamic body kit that fits well with the sporty intentions. There’s a changed grille shape with chrome rim to boot, a reshaped bonnet, a resized bumper that is more pronounced, and an embedded rear bumper dovetailed with the diffuser which houses two exhaust pipes.
The Veloster 2017 comes in the base and a Turbo Variant.
This review will examine the similarities between the two variants, the standard features on the two variants, engine specifications, the interior and exterior designs, as well as other waffles that might interest car enthusiasts.
First things first, what’s new in the 2017 Hyundai Veloster 2017
There are a few standard features that come with the base Veloster variant, which is quite generous considering it costs less than $20,000. The Turbo model has features such as leather seats, bigger tires and wheels compared to the base model.
In addition to these, add-ons for the 2017 model include a 115-volt outlet, panoramic sunroof, and another wheel upgrade. The two trims come with a three-year Hyundai Assurance Connected Care Services as part of the Blue Link suite of services.
Additional features include Android and Apple CarPlay capabilities with the touch screen display, HD radio, backup camera, and other mobile technology options.
The Turbo model also doesn’t feed on premium gas as other turbo cars do. This effectively makes the coupe-hatchback hybrid cost less to drive. Also expected is a better 360-degree visibility than what was obtainable of the 2016 model.
Engine Specification and performance
The engine specifications on the 2017 Hyundai Volester remains similar to the engines found on the Elantra and Accent, albeit with a bit extra in reserve. The base 2017 Volester comes with a 1.6-liter engine that supplies 138 horsepower, and comes with direct fuel injection and turbocharger, which when put together is similar to the typical economy-drive out there.
However, the Turbo is equipped with much more powerful engine that supplies 201 horsepower along with a robotized transmission that sends all that power to the front wheels using the 7-DCT (speed paddle-shifted) dual-clutch.
On the performance side, the Turbo goes from 0-60 mph in about seven seconds (average of 6.7 seconds), while the fuel economy can reach as high as 31 miles per gallon for the base Velosters.
The Turbo for obvious reasons such as stronger brakes and stickier tires has better driving dynamics especially on smooth roads. The electric power steering could do with better weighing. The increased wheel size on the 2017 Veloster Turbo is a bit weird and makes the ride a tad brittle.
Interior and exterior design styles on the 2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
In terms of the exterior, the 2017 Hyundai Veloster still remains unique till date. Thankfully too, Hyundai didn’t attempt to re-jig the exterior more than they should. From the odd three-door arrangement which it pulls off to easing up on accessories, the car manufacturer has managed to keep the Veloster stylish.
That said, the Turbo is adorned with features such as LED lighting , skits on the side, as well as a dark black grille stain that make it standout.
The interior on the other hand won’t necessarily make heads role, but it’s still remarkably sporty. Rumor has it that Hyundai took inspiration from motorcycles. One wouldn’t have to look farther than the saddle in the center-console. The air vents as well resembles the ends of tailpipes.
The steering wheel has a new shape along with an updated instrument cluster. Lovers of audio will also be excited with the new Bose audio system that has been integrated as a standard feature. The interior upholstery comes in three different color options: Gray, Blue, and Vitamin C.
General Specifications on the 2017 Veloster
- Wheelbase: 104.13 Inches
- Length: 167.3 Inches
- Width: 70 Inches
- Max Speed: 119 Miles Per Hour
- 0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds
- Passenger volume: 3 cu ft
- Storage volume: 5 cu ft – 34.7 cu ft
- Curb weight: 2679 Pounds
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 27/38
- Available exterior colors: Elite White, Matte Gray, Ironman Silver, Pacific Blue, Ultra Black, Boston Red, and Vitamin C.
- Towing capacity: 1069 Pounds
Price and release date
The 2017 Hyundai Veloster has been released in South Korea already at a starting price of approximately $22,000. However, the car will appear in the US market from the early part of 2017. The base price will be in the region of $18,900 for the base model and approximately $23,600 for the Turbo variant.
Pros and Cons – 2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
- Fantastic and simple design
- A practical sports car
- The Blue Link has been made a standard feature
- The Turbo variant lives up to expectations
- The engine on the base variant can be slow
- The dual-clutch automatic shifts too slowly
- The wheels on the base model makes the drive choppy