2014 Hyundai Veloster

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Hyundai launched the Veloster on the North American market and since then, the model continued nearly unchanged. The only changes included the launch of a Turbo version and a Turbo R-Spec model.

The Veloster will again carry over as it enters the 2014 model year, as the model returns practically unchanged. The only mods for 2014 include a standard rearview camera, standard driver’s blind-spot monitor and standard daytime running lights.

Just like in the past, the Veloster combines an incredibly sporty look with well-placed performance capabilities in one of the most affordable sports coupes out there. What’s even cooler about the Veloster is that when looked from one side, it looks like any other coupe, but the other side features a third door that makes rear access easier.

For the 2014 model year, Veloster is priced from $17,800.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Veloster.

Exterior

Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster draws inspiration from a high-performance sport bike and combines it with Hyundai’s "Fluidic Sculpture" design language, giving it a muscular and powerful stance. The distinctive black A-pillars give it the appearance of a motorcycle helmet visor. Around back, a set of center-mounted exhaust tips also look like they were pulled straight from the back end of a sport bike.

Along with these elements, the Veloster also features Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille, hood scoop detailing and the unique LED position lights.

A very unique feature on the Veloster is that rear-hinged door on the passenger side of that provides safe and easy access to the rear seats.

2014 Hyundai Veloster - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase104.3 in.
Overall length166.1 in.
Overall width70.5 in.
Overall height55.1 in.
Tread Width (front) 17"61.5 in.
Tread Width (rear) 17"62.0 in.
Tread Width (front) 18"61.3 in.
Tread Width (rear) 18"61.8 in.
Overhang32.7 in. / 29.1 in.
Minimum Ground Clearance5.6 in.
Coefficient of Drag (Cd)0.32

2014 Hyundai Veloster - Standard Exterior Features

  • Headlights with LED accents, escort function
  • LED Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual heated body-color power outside mirrors
  • Driver’s blind spot mirror
  • Front bumpers, body-color
  • Rear spoiler with LED HMSL
  • Grille, body-color with black intake grille
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Windshield shade band
  • Tinted glass
  • Front 2-speed intermittent windshield wipers with mist function

Interior

Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster

The interior was also inspired by a high-performance sport bike, with the center stack and controls resembling a sport bike’s fuel tank. The air vents are inspired by motorcycle tailpipes, while the console looks similar to a seat of a bike.

2014 Hyundai Veloster - Interior Dimensions

Head room without sunroof
Front39.0 in.
Rear35.3 in.
Head room with panoramic sunroof
Front37.2 in.
Rear35.3 in.
Leg room
Front43.9 in.
Rear31.7 in.
Shoulder room
Front55.6 in.
Rear54.0 in.
Hip room
Front53.2 in.
Rear52.6 in.

2014 Hyundai Veloster - Standard Interior Features

  • Roof trim, non-woven
  • Door trim, black plastic
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Door armrest, integrated
  • Door map pockets, front with bottle holders
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions
  • Shift knob, urethane
  • Parking brake handle
  • Floor covering, needle punch carpeting
  • Door scuff, step plate
  • Front seatback pocket
  • One touch triple turn signal
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater
  • Cabin air filter
  • Rear window defroster with timer
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Cruise control

Drivetrain

Hyundai Veloster

Under its hood, the Veloster gets a Gamma 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT). With the manual transmission, the engine delivers a total of 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 123 pound-feet at 4,850 rpm. With the dual-clutch transmission, the engine’s output drops to 132 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 120 pound-feet of torque at 4,850 rpm.

With the manual transmission, the Veloster delivers 26 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. With the automatic transmission, fuel consumption is even better at 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined.

Engine typeGamma DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) GDI (Gasoline Direct Engine)
MaterialsAluminum block and head
Displacement1.6L / 1,591 cc
Horsepower138 @ 6300 rpm (M/T) / 132 @ 6300 rpm (DCT)
Torque123 @ 4850 rpm (M/T) / 120 @ 4850 rpm (DCT)
Valves per cylinder4
Bore and Stroke77.0 X 85.4 (mm)
Compression Ratio11.0:1

Suspension and Brakes

Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster is offered with a standard McPherson strut front suspension and a 24 mm (0.94-inch) diameter front stabilizer. On the rear, the model gets a light-weight V-torsion beam — a first in a Hyundai model — with an integrated 23 mm (0.90-inch) stabilizer bar.

Additionally, the Veloster features electric power steering that adjusts assistance to changing driving conditions, while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system.

Prices

Hyundai Veloster
Model CodeModelEngineSeat ColorTransmissionPrice
F0303F45Veloster1.6L GDIBlack6-speed Manual Transmission$17,800
F0313F45Veloster1.6L GDIGray6-speed Manual Transmission$17,800
F0323F45Veloster1.6L GDIRed6-speed Manual Transmission$17,800
F0302F45Veloster1.6L GDIBlack6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission$19,050
F0312F45Veloster1.6L GDIGray6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission$19,050
F0322F45Veloster1.6L GDIRed6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission$19,050
F0383F45Veloster Turbo R-Spec1.6L GDI TurboRed6-speed Manual Transmission$21,300
F0353F45Veloster Turbo1.6L GDI TurboBlack6-speed Manual Transmission$22,300
F0373F45Veloster Turbo1.6L GDI TurboBlue6-speed Manual Transmission$22,300
F0352F45Veloster Turbo1.6L GDI TurboBlack6-speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC$23,300
F0372F45Veloster Turbo1.6L GDI TurboBlue6-speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC$23,300

Options

Style Package$1,800
Technology Package$2,000
Turbo Technology Package$2,700
Matte Gray$1,000
Elite White$200
Remote Start$350
Bongiovi premium audio$350
Auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink$275
Interior Light Kit$250

Competitors

Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper

Mini launched the new-generation Cooper at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. With this new generation comes a new design language, a switch to BMW’s all-new UKL platform and a new range of three-cylinder engines.

The base model gets a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, while for the S version Mini used a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

The 2014 Cooper is priced from $19,950.

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

The Beetle has been around for what seems like forever and has a lot of history.

The new Beetle comes with a choice of three different engines. The base 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers can select a 2.0 TSI engine with 197 horsepower or a 2.0 TDI engine with 138 horsepower.

Prices for the 2014 Beetle start at $19,765.

Conclusion

Hyundai Veloster

The new Hyundai Veloster has had plenty of success, and its no shock, considering its sporty look, hatchback practicability and affordable prices. Of course, it’s nearing the time for a refresh or a complete redesign, but oine more year of carryover is okay for now.

LOVE IT
  • Coupe look and hatchback practicality
  • Sporty look on both exterior and interior
  • Affordable price
LEAVE IT
  • Not much power from the base engine
  • Very slow in its base format (VERY, VERY slow)

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