Putting the lie to the idea that small, sporty cars are dead, the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Veloster checks nearly all the boxes for shoppers on the hunt for a spirited, smaller, more affordable coupe. Available for a starting price of less than $20,000, including the factory delivery fee, the Veloster offers head-turning styling, a well-equipped cabin and that terrific Hyundai warranty.
"Coupe" doesn’t quite describe the Veloster, because not only is it a hatchback, but a 3-door one at that. Retaining the hidden rear-hinged passenger-side rear door, the Veloster provides easier rear-seat access than a typical small coupe. Although that may astonish anyone unfamiliar with the Veloster, it’s not among the three big surprises we discovered.
Hyundai easily could have phoned in the 2019 Hyundai Veloster’s redesign. They could have tweaked it here and there, minimized the content and delivered just another econo-box; but that’s not what happened. The Veloster comes out of the box with loads of unexpected features, technology and convenience. Here are our three picks for the biggest surprises the Veloster offers.
We like hatchbacks for a variety of reasons, but high on the list is utility. Hatchbacks usually offer more cargo-carrying capacity than their sedan siblings. Looking at the Veloster from the curb, however, its rather low roofline might lead the casual observer to conclude this sleek hatchback couldn’t possibly deliver much in the way of cargo space. Just the opposite is true. The Veloster has a whopping 19.9 cu ft. of cargo room behind the second-row seat. That betters many CUVs, such as the Mini Clubman, at 17.5 cu ft., and the Toyota C-HR, at 19 cu ft. It manages this nifty trick with a deep-well load floor rather than a flat one.
Heading the list of safety features on each and every 2019 Veloster is forward-collision avoidance assist. That’s a self-braking system that uses a front-pointing camera to determine when a frontal collision may be imminent. If the driver fails to react, the system will automatically apply the brakes. Also standard on every Veloster is lane-keep assist, which uses the front-pointing camera to determine when the vehicle is straying from its lane, and then provides some steering input to keep it between the lines. Hyundai’s driver-attention warning is a third standard safety feature, warning the driver when it senses they may be inattentive or even falling asleep.
Every new Veloster has a 7- or 8-inch color touchscreen that oversees connectivity and entertainment. Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all included. It’s a bargain for less than $20,000.
What it means to you: Hyundai is always a value story, so it shouldn’t be a shock to discover the 2019 Hyundai Veloster is packed with unexpected goodies. Yet, this Korean carmaker always manages to surprise.