2016 Hyundai Veloster

2016 Hyundai Veloster
2016 Hyundai replaced six speed automatic transmission with seven speed dual clutch automatic on Turbo models along with wider front tires, an electroluminescent guage cluster and sport seats. Driving dual clutch feels similar as driving automatic, with slight hesitance during downshift is felt until push throttle, Sport modes makes driving somewhat lively. Manual shift can be called with shift lever or plastic paddles available behind steering wheel. DCT do not settle issues very wisely in either modes, there is turbo lag and shift lag felt until driving presses right foot.

DCT increase fuel economy rating with 27/33 mpg city/highway. Large throttle requires to move away from stop, this hiccup is faced in city driving. DCT takes 7.2 seconds to start from zero to 60 mph. Now with wider wheel rubbers, takes 191 feet to stop from 70 mph which is very bad using DCT a lackluster performer. On highway steering feels overboosted, lazy providing harsh and uncertain ride.

Interior design is bad taking back to decade but new gauge is classy looking, cup holders misses grips to hold containers because of hard plastic. Low roof and thick pillars hinders outward vision in all direction, new sport seats is good. Exterior produces mixed feeling of good and bad. Rear passenger side door is too small, 16 cubic feet cargo is more than sufficient.

2016 Hyundai Veloster has optional tech package pricing $2700, includes automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, HD radio, reverse sensors, automatic headlamps, Blue Link telemetric system with three months trail, also available carpeted floor mates($125).

Considering price, engine capacity, driving ability we think VW GTI or Subaru WRX CVT is preferable over Hyundai Veloster.

Starting Price $24,635
Vehicle Type 3 door hatchback, front engine, front wheel drive
Engine turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, direct fuel injection
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 201 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
Displacement 97 cu in
Wheelbase 104.3 in
Length 167.3 in
Width 71.1 in
Height 55.1 in
Curb weight 2984 lb
Passenger volume 90 cu ft
Cargo volume 16 cu ft
0-60 mph 7.2 secs.
0-100 mph 19.8 secs.
Top speed 134 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 7.7 secs.
Top gear(30-50 mph) 3.8 secs.
Top gear(50-70 mph) 4.5 secs.
Braking (70-0 mph) 191 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 27/33 mpg
C/D observed 23 mpg
Pros fuel efficient, style
Cons competitors offers more in same price, lags powertrain