2016 hyundai veloster Model Overview
New for 2016
For the 2016 Hyundai Veloster, in addition to some minor exterior design updates, there’s a new special-edition model called the Rally Edition. This model starts with a Veloster Turbo R-Spec and adds a sportier suspension tuning, Rays 18-inch wheels, Rally Edition floor mats, carbon fiber-look aero accents, and Matte Blue exterior paint. All 18-inch wheels available on the Veloster now have wider tires at 225/40R/18 (the pre-facelift model used 215/40R/18). Turbo models gain new design 18-inch wheels, front seats offer more aggressive bolstering, a new gauge cluster, red seatbelts on R-Spec models, and available orange-accented seat bolsters. A seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission replaces the six-speed automatic in the Turbo model. Naturally aspirated Velosters are available with black-bolstered seats with yellow inserts on select exterior colors. All models are available with an updated infotainment system featuring a seven-inch touchscreen, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free integration, SiriusXM Travel Link (90-day trial), and a new version of Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics.
The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is a front-drive, three-door hatchback sized in between the subcompact Accent and the compact Elantra.
Base 2016 Velosters are powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 with 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque (132 hp and 120 lb-ft with the automatic) while R-Spec, Rally and Turbo models come with a turbocharged version of the same engine rated at 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard and a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission is optional on the base Veloster. Turbo models have an optional seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. Fuel economy is respectable for the class, with base Velosters achieving 28/36 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 27/35 mpg with the manual. R-Spec, Rally Edition and manual-equipped Turbo models are rated at 25/33 mpg while the automatic-equipped Turbo model is rated at 27/33 mpg, giving it the best balance of power and fuel efficiency.
Although there are technically seats for four, the Veloster’s roofline and the optional panoramic sunroof cuts into rear seat headroom, making it suitable only for short adults and kids. Cargo space is respectable, with 15.5 cubic feet behind the split folding rear seats; however, when they’re folded, it falls short of traditional hatchbacks at 34.7 cubic feet. Rear visibility is also a weak point because of the split rear window and small side windows.
Standard safety features include advanced front airbags, front side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags. The NHTSA gave the 2016 Veloster a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars).
Trims, Packages and What’s Standard
Base model 2016 Velosters comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera. Stepping up to the R-Spec model adds a B&M sport shifter, 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, red seatbelts, red/black two-tone leatherette sport seats with cloth inserts, R-Spec floor mats, and R-Spec badges. Turbo models adds leather sport seats that come with orange accents when paired with Ultra Black or Vitamin C exterior colors, LED accent lights, heated front seats, and a unique gauge cluster. The sport suspension and B&M shifter are deleted in the Turbo model.
The base Veloster offers Style and Tech packages. The Style package adds features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, an 8-speaker Dimension premium audio system, leatherette upholstery, and Blue Link Telematics. Opting for the Tech package adds automatic climate control, keyless entry and star, navigation, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, and a 115V outlet. For the Turbo model, only the Tech package is available while R-Spec and Rally Edition are not available with the Tech or Style package.
What We Think
Despite its aggressive looks, which scream hot hatch, the 2016 Veloster is no such thing. Instead, it’s an economy minded car that puts style above substance even in the Turbo model. In a comparison test that also included the Honda CR-Z, Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle, Mini Hardtop, and Scion tC, the non-turbo Veloster placed fourth because of its underwhelming performance, hard ride, and sloppy handling. However, it’s practicality and value proposition makes it a respectable choice for people buying for the first time. The more powerful Veloster Turbo improved upon the non-turbo model but in a comparison test against the Mini Clubman S, the car lost due to the fact that it wore all-season tires that didn’t grip well and detracted from “an otherwise satisfactory chassis tune.” Even though front passengers have plenty of room, we noted in a 2012 First Test review that people over six feet will have trouble in the rear seat due to the lack of headroom.
As a value proposition, the Veloster has plenty to offer due to the generous amount of standard features included especially in the Turbo model. We said in a 2013 First Test review that the Veloster Turbo is for those who prioritize value and style as much as performance. While it isn’t the most impressive performer, it makes up for it by offering plenty of standard features and a unique but polarizing look.
- Unique exterior styling and three-door layout
- Generous standard equipment
You Won’t Like:
- Performance doesn’t live up to the sporty look
- Limited interior space
- Turbo models are wearing the wrong tires