Hyundai has redesigned its flagship model Veloster for the 2019 year release and that made the desired impact, what was planned for. This compact hatchback from Hyundai started alluring people with the promises of providing more driving fun than that of other models in the segment.
At the showroom of a famous Hyundai car dealer near me, we got to test drive the Veloster. We were already aware of the fact that this is the second-generation of Hyundai Veloster that continues with the quirky cues in its design making three doors with a raked roofline. The 2019 redesign gave the Veloster a style that stands out in the crowd while making the cabin more inviting.
The 2019 Veloster come with two trim options, one is the Ultimate and the R-Spec that offer an option of driving with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine replacing the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder to make 201 of horsepower. The Ultimate trim adds up an option of seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to air to the engine while the R-Spec can be driven only with a six-speed manual along with a B&M Racing shifter.
We tried the Ultimate trim of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster, in which the cabin felt luxurious with its leather-trimmed bucket seats and side bolsters. On the other hand, even though the R-Spec’s cabin offers a cloth upholstery, it still looks unique with those elegant gray fabric inserts bringing the appearance of sweatpants withcontrastingaccents of yellow-and-black-check. But we have a plea to the Hyundai designers to increase the visibility at the rear seats that can really improve the cabin comfort.
Fun to Drive
When Hyundai planted the turbo four-cylinder engine for the 2019 Veloster, the intention was clear that Hyundai wanted it to be strong enough to face the challenges in the city roads while the engine should not hesitate while merging with the highway. Meanwhile, the steering in theVeloster feel naturally smooth and responsive with the right amount of weight, which is another improvement from its yester year model.
The dual-clutch transmission was impressively refined and has the smoothness that we used to enbjoy in the conventional automatic transmissions. It does make prompt upshifts. We didn’t have to hesitate when it was time for a kickdown at a point on the highway, but we were wondering if the manual-mode gear would have felt more quicker. However, when we drove the 2019 Hyundai Veloster in its Normal drive mode, the setting helped in making the transmission work well in the overall journey.
As heard from the experts of the car dealer Orlando, the other two driving modes offered in 2019 Hyundai Veloster are the Sport and the Smart. The modes are differentfrom each other in many respects. While the Sport mode engages the gas pedal to act as more responsive, it eliminatesthe maximum chances of lag that we get to deal with, when we drive in the Normal mode. The Smart mode is to automatically adjust the power supply to the wheels and drives smart in its own way.