2017 Hyundai Veloster Driving Impressions


The base 1.6 is perky and revs easily, although there’s not much torque at low rpm. It’s maneuverable, although you’ll never mistake it for a VW Golf. The ride is often harsh, although it’s as comfortable as any car with such a short wheelbase can be.

The 201-horsepower Turbo brings 195 pound-feet of torque, bristling with power with either the 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed paddleshifting twin clutch.

The Turbo has stronger brakes and stickier tires, so the handling is sharper, as long as the road is smooth. The cornering is generally flat and crisp, and grows unsettled only if it’s pitched over patchy pavement. But the 18-inch wheels turn the ride brittle, and the electric power steering lacks feedback, and is weighty when it doesn’t need to be.

The R-Spec packaged hatchbacks have an even stiffer suspension, different steering tuning, and a B&M sport shifter. The ride is significantly less comfortable.

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