When the first-generation Veloster first made an appearance on US soil, it surprised everyone with its unique layout. Why are there two doors on the one side and a single door on the other? Is this a hatchback or some sort of morphed coupe? Either way, the second generation car continues with the quirky layout that has become a massive character trait for the sporty Korean hatchback. The exterior features projector headlights on the base and Premium models, while the rest of the lineup gets LED headlights with high beam assist and LED taillights. Other standard exterior features include heated, dual power, bodycolor, manual-folding mirrors, and tinted glass. The base model runs on 17-inch alloy wheels while all other versions get 18-inch units. Turbo models get side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, while the Turbo Ultimate sports a two-tone roof. Premium, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate trims get a sunroof. The base model gets a less aggressive rear end with a single exit exhaust, while the rest of the range gets dual exit pipes. Turbo models look more aggressive with red pinstriping on the bottom front air intake, and get some cool-looking DRL designs as well as a mesh front grille.
Manufacturers use a few tricks to get their sports-oriented cars to handle well. One of these is to make use of a short wheelbase and place all four wheels as far into the corners of the vehicle as possible. The compact Veloster does precisely that with a total length of only 166.9 inches and a stubby 104.3-inch wheelbase. Competitors such as the Mazda 3 hatchback and Honda Civic measure over 175 inches in length. The maximum width is 70.9 inches when you exclude the mirrors, and the car is 55.1 inches tall. At its lightest, the Veloster weighs 2,701 lbs, but that figure grows to 2,987 pounds for the Turbo and Turbo Ultimate models due to the DCT gearbox's complexity.
|Hyundai Veloster Trims||2.0||2.0 Premium||Turbo R-Spec||Turbo||Turbo Ultimate|
|Max Width||70.9 in.||70.9 in.||70.9 in.||70.9 in.||70.9 in.|
|Length||166.9 in.||166.9 in.||166.9 in.||166.9 in.||166.9 in.|
|Height||55.1 in.||55.1 in.||55.1 in.||55.1 in.||55.1 in.|
|Wheelbase||104.3 in.||104.3 in.||104.3 in.||104.3 in.||104.3 in.|
|Hyundai Veloster Trims||Curb Weight|
|2.0||2,822 - 2,855 lbs.|
|2.0 Premium||2,855 lbs.|
|Turbo R-Spec||2,921 lbs.|
|Turbo Ultimate||2,987 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||17" x 7"|
|Rear Wheel Size||17" x 7"|
Its competitors might be slightly more mature in their color offerings, but to plaster a 2021 Hyundai Veloster with the same dull colors would be a crying shame. Hyundai has done an excellent job of matching up paint options with the car's overall design, and the result is eye-catching. The Veloster is available in Racing Red, Ultra Black, Chalk White, Sonic Silver, Sunset Orange, and Thunder Gray, but some trims such as the Turbo Ultimate lose the black option. At the same time, the Turbo R-Spec misses out on Racing Red and Sonic Silver.