Launched in 2012 as Hyundai’s first compact with a turbocharged engine, the Veloster Turbo has just received its mid-life facelift for the 2016 model year. The 2016 Veloster Turbo debuted in its home market in South Korea and it is just as I imagined it would be; with minor improvements inside and out and the exact same engine under the hood. If you were expecting the facelifted model to be a more potent competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it’s about time you put on your disappointed face, as the 1.6-liter four-pot cranks out the same 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Fortunately, there is a bit of important news in the drivetrain department, in the form of a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. The unit that debuted on the i30 in 2014 replaces the previous six-speed automatic to provide quicker shifts coupled with slightly better performance and fuel economy numbers. Visual enhancements are rather subdued compared with the previous model, which could mean Hyundai chose to focus on the next-generation Veloster rather than invest significantly into the current hatchback. But until the next Veloster goes out testing, let’s have a look at the car that’s supposed to keep this nameplate fresh for another three to four years.

Updated 02/13/2015: Hyundai unveiled the revised Veloster Turbo at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The model comes with lots of updates, a series of new features and a new special edition. Click past the jump to learn more about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Facelift.

  • 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    201 @ 6000
  • MPG(Cty):
    25
  • MPG(Hwy):
    33
  • Torque @ RPM:
    195 @ 1750
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    23000
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  • car segment:
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Updated History

Updated 01/19/2015: Hyundai Korea unveiled the first official details on the facelifted Veloster Turbo, meaning of course that an official North American debut should be near. As expected, the facelifted version received minor exterior updates, with the biggest surprise being a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. Full details after the jump.

Spy Shots

May 14, 2014 - First testing session at Nurburgring

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May 11, 2014 - First Testing Session

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Exterior

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The front grille gained a silver trim, which provides the hatch with somewhat of a premium appearance, but that’s far from what I hoped we would get with this facelift

Visual updates are rather mild and I must confess I’m a bit disappointed Hyundai didn’t focus more on the car’s exterior. That’s not to say the Veloster looks dated, but I never imagined Hyundai would update its cars the BMW way. Well, the Korean did just that with the Veloster Turbo, leaving 99 percent of the exterior details untouched. There’s not even a new crease in the bumper area or a reshaped front grille. Sure, the latter gained a silver trim which provides the hatch with somewhat of a premium appearance, but that’s far from what I hoped we would get with this facelift.

Moving on, the Veloster Turbo also received updated headlamp and taillight graphics, new fog lamps, and new alloy wheel designs. And that’s it! Everything else is a carryover from the 2014 model. I don’t mean to ramble, but I’d rather have the pre-facelift Veloster Turbo and its body-colored front grille. It’s rugged and sportier that way, although many will enjoy the upscale illusion that comes with a chrome grille surround.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 104.3 Inches
Overall length 167.3 Inches
Overall width 71.1 Inches
Overall height 55.1 Inches
Tread width 18-inch 60.9 / 61.4 Inches
Overhang 33.5/29.5
Minimum Ground Clearance 5.9
Coefficient of Drag 0.33

Interior

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Customers will also benefit from newly designed sports seats

Interior updates are a bit more enticing, consisting of a slightly revised center stack button configuration with new graphics, a lightly reworked steering wheel, an updated instrument cluster, and a Beats audio system. Customers will also benefit from newly designed sports seats available with three different accent colors: blue, gray, and a burnt orange-like hue.

Rounding off the facelift in this department is an engine-sound equalizer that allows the driver to choose from one of six available engine soundtracks. I’ll have mine with a HEMI V-8 please.

Drivetrain

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While the powertrain sees no improvements, Hyundai offers a brand-new transmission with the facelifted Veloster Turbo. The unit in question is the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic

The Veloster Turbo’s force-fed, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder mill carries over unchanged, meaning it cranks out the same 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of twist delivered from 1,750 rpm. As with the previous model, Europeans will get it with only 184 ponies as the Kia Pro_Cee’d GT already makes use of the 201-horsepower unit on the Old Continent.

While the engine sees no improvements, Hyundai offers a brand-new transmission with the facelifted Veloster Turbo. The unit in question is the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic that debuted on the i30 Turbo in 2014. It replaces the previous six-speed autobox, while the six-speed manual carries over.

There’s no word on performance figures as of January 2015, but it’s safe to assume the hatchback needs the same 6.8 seconds to charge from naught to 60 mph. That’s a half-second slower than the Golf GTI and nearly a full second slower than the Focus ST. Fuel economy numbers should remain unchanged as well for the manual, while the automatic models should see a slight improvement in both benchmarks. The Veloster Turbo manual returns 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type Twin-scroll Turbocharger, Gamma DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) GDI (Gasoline Direct Engine)
Materials Aluminum block and head
Displacement 1.6L / 1,591 cc
Horsepower (est.) 201 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque (est.) 195 LB-FT @ 1,750 - 4,500 RPM
Valves per cylinder 4
Bore & stroke 77.0 X 85.4 (mm)
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Fuel economy 6-speed M/T: 25 mpg/33 mpg/28 mpg
7-speed DCT: 27 mpg/33 mpg/29 mpg

Prices

Since the facelifted Veloster Turbo has only been introduced in South Korea as of January 2015, there’s no info as to how much it would cost once it arrive on these shores. In its home market, the hot hatch starts from 27.3 million Korean Won, which converts to nearly $22,000 as of 01/20/2015. The current U.S. sticker for the Veloster Turbo sits at $22,600 for the manual and $23,600 for the automatic and I expect the hatch to fetch roughly the same amounts in facelifted guise.

Competitors

Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Powered by a slightly larger, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit, the 2015 Golf GTI comes with 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 10-horsepower and 51-pound-feet of torque improvement over the 2014 model, which had exactly one horsepower less than the Veloster Turbo. When connected to the available DSG transmission, the engine enables the hot hatch to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 6.3 seconds and top out at 155 mph.

Design-wise, the 2015 GTI retains most of its looks and the fact that it’s 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inches wider than the model it replaces is barely noticeable. Likewise, cabin modifications aren’t very significant, although a new touchscreen radio and ambient lighting with LED have been added.

The hatchback is available in three different trim levels, with pricing starting from $24,395. The range-topping GTI Autobahn model fetches at least $29,595. The 2015 GTI can return up to 34 mpg on the highway.

Ford Focus ST

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The Focus ST is the most powerful of the three, having no less than 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque squeezed out of the 2.0-liter, inline-four engine. The oomph goes to the wheels via six-speed manual and propels the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 154 mph.

Launched for the 2014 model year, the current Focus ST received an attractive body kit that includes redesigned bumpers, bigger wheels, a rear spoiler and a host of unique colors and features. Each vehicle is equipped with standard Recaro cloth seats which can be upgraded to half- or full-leather along with plenty of convenience features, including MyFord Touch, Sync, and a 10-speaker stereo.

Priced from $24,115, the 2014 Focus ST can fetch nearly $30,000 when selected with the ST3 package. Fuel economy stands at 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Conclusion

Granted, the highlight of the facelifted Veloster Turbo is the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. If you were hoping the upgrade would make this Korean hot hatch quicker than the Golf GTI, you must feel rather disappointed, but you have to give Hyundai credit for trying to keep up with the big boys of the segment. Unfortunately, the Veloster Turbo remains a rather expensive choice compared to the Golf, with the automatic version likely to save you only about a grand. A no-brainer, if you ask me.

  • Leave it
    • No engine upgrades
    • Exterior update is too mild
    • Priced too closely to the GTI

Press Release

Hyundai unveiled a new Rally Edition, coupled with significant design, dynamic and connectivity enhancements to its Veloster coupe at the Chicago Auto Show today. The Veloster Rally Edition builds upon Veloster Turbo R-Spec enthusiast credentials, with a more performance-focused suspension, RAYS® lightweight wheels with wide 225/40R18 tires, carbon-fiber-look aero accents, unique badging and floor mats. The Rally Edition is a limited production run planned for 1,200 units, all in a stunning Matte Blue paint, guaranteeing exclusivity to its enthusiast owners. 2016 Veloster will be available at dealers in May 2015.

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In addition, the 2016 Veloster Turbo model now offers a performance-oriented 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), a new machined-finish turbo-exclusive wheel design, a sportier seat design, enhanced electroluminescent gauge cluster and black headliner. The Veloster non-turbo receives a new 17-inch wheel design and available black seats with yellow accents.

Also for 2016, all Veloster models offer a revised hood appearance without vent accents, a dark gray grille surround, 10mm-wider tires fitted to all 18-inch wheels, and new audio/navigation system functions (HD Radio®, Apple Siri®, and next-generation Blue Link®).

All Veloster and Veloster Turbo models feature cutting-edge powertrain technologies like direct injection, optimizing their appeal to youthful customers by combining excellent fuel economy, spirited performance and low emissions without compromise.

SPORT BIKE TUNER INSPIRATION
In profile, the Veloster features “Fluidic Sculpture” character lines, muscular wheel arches, bodycolor door handles and mirrors, and wraparound headlights and taillights. Veloster’s dynamic rear design has a distinctive glass hatch and dual center-fascia chrome exhaust tips that complement the assertive front fascia.

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On the Turbo, the Veloster offers two distinctive, free-flowing round exhaust tips. Further, all Turbo models feature Active Sound Design, providing richer in-cabin powertrain sound character for an even more involving driving experience, especially during spirited driving.

From the bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, ground effects, rear bumper fascia, and prominent diffuser vents, Veloster Turbo’s design adds aggression and aerodynamic stability compared with the base model. A new set of machined-finish 18-inch alloy wheels with argent spoke bevels add sophistication and sportiness to the side profile. From the front, Veloster Turbo reveals eight individual headlight LED accents, a feature typical on more expensive models.

Inside Veloster Turbo, leather seating surfaces with Turbo embroidering on the side bolsters help deliver a distinctive appearance while providing higher levels of comfort and support. For 2016, orange-accented seat bolsters are available with Ultra Black and Vitamin C exterior colors on the turbo model, and the turbo-exclusive electroluminescent gauge cluster has been enhanced, offering the driver information in a larger, clearer and more interactive format, with a larger TFT screen located between the tachometer and speedometer. Heated front seats are also standard on the Turbo version.

GAMMA 1.6-LITER DIRECT-INJECTED ENGINE
The Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the smallest Hyundai engine to use direct injection. This technology helps deliver more power, superior efficiency, lower emissions and higher reliability.

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With direct-injection, the Gamma 1.6-liter engine with manual transmission delivers a peak output of 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 123 lb.-ft. at 4,850 rpm. The Gamma engine with dual-clutch transmission delivers 132 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 120 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,850 rpm. The Gamma also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, an electronic throttle control, a roller timing chain, variable induction and innovative anti-friction coatings.

VELOSTER TRANSMISSIONS
Hyundai’s commitment to making the Gamma engine extremely fuel efficient continues by pairing it with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT) developed by Hyundai.

Hyundai’s EcoShift DCT takes the benefits of a manual transmission, including low fuel consumption, and blends them with automatic transmission benefits, such as high comfort levels and smooth shift quality. In addition, the EcoShift DCT enables direct connection for high efficiency and uninterrupted torque transfer during shifts.

This powertrain also has an Active ECO mode which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy. The EcoShift DCT also incorporates Hyundai’s Hillstart Assist Control (HAC). HAC is designed to minimize rolling backwards on steep ascents.

Veloster Turbo is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a new for 2016 seven-speed dual clutch (DCT) automatic transmission. Both transmissions were developed in-house by Hyundai. The new Veloster Turbo seven-speed automatic transmission features steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters and SHIFTRONIC® transmission gear control, and is more performance-tuned in comparison with the non-turbo model’s DCT. This transmission was specifically engineered to handle the increased torque output from the turbocharged engine. The non-turbo Veloster’s EcoShift DCT was tuned especially for fuel efficiency rather than the higher torque and performance calibration of the Veloster Turbo seven-speed DCT.

TURBO R-SPEC MODEL
The heart of the Turbo R-Spec is the responsive, 1.6-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged engine, along with unique design cues and enhanced chassis tuning. Sport suspension and steering settings have been retuned for optimum responsiveness, with higher spring rates and a more rigid transmission mount. The Turbo R-Spec offers a 6-speed manual transmission with short-throw B&M Racing® Sport Shifter for a tighter, more direct shift feel.

New for 2016, the seat belts for the Turbo R-Spec are now red, reflecting the model’s performance intent. Inside, red leatherette bolsters with red/black cloth insert sport seats complement special embroidered-logo R-Spec floor mats for a sporty ambience. On the exterior, R-Spec badging adorns the rear hatch. Veloster Turbo R-Spec is available in three exterior colors: Elite White, Ultra Black and Pacific Blue.

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VELOSTER TURBO PERFORMANCE
The 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engine produces 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,750 rpm. Veloster Turbo models feature Active Sound Design, which enhances intake and exhaust powertrain sound character inside the cabin for an even more involving driving experience. Turbo models generate 201 horsepower on regular fuel, which represents a best-in-class specific output of 125.6 horsepower per liter.

TURBO MODEL EXCLUSIVE: TORQUE VECTORING CONTROL
All Veloster Turbo models offer Torque Vectoring Control (TVC). This active cornering feature, utilizing capabilities from the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and powertrain control systems, allows Veloster Turbo to improve dynamic cornering during more enthusiastic driving. TVC uses wheel speed sensors coupled with ESC algorithms to apply precise braking force to the inside front wheel during spirited cornering. This active braking redirects power to the outside front wheel in the turn, reducing wheelspin for enhanced cornering grip and corner-exit acceleration. Overall, this provides Veloster Turbo drivers with an incremental margin of cornering precision during enthusiastic driving.

Veloster Turbo also features a quicker-ratio steering rack and a revised steering calibration to match, which gives drivers precise cornering, feedback and control. For 2016, the 18-inch alloy wheel tire width has been increased by 10mm, fitted with Kumho Solus 225/40R18 tires, designed to extract maximum performance without compromising ride.

Veloster’s compelling combination of performance with efficiency is a formula many industry competitors are seeking to duplicate. Hyundai’s development focus on all the factors of efficient performance, such as direct-injection, small-displacement turbocharged engines, six-speed and dual-clutch transmissions, comprehensive light-weighting, efficient aerodynamics, and reduction of parasitic engine losses through electric-powered ancillaries, have combined to yield simultaneous benefits in performance and efficiency to the consumer.

SPORT-TUNED DYNAMICS
Veloster and Veloster Turbo are fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a 23-mm diameter front stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a light-weight V-torsion beam, with an integrated 24-mm stabilizer bar to allow bracing of the arms for greater rigidity and to further control body roll. The rear suspension also uses monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort with control.

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Veloster features electric power steering that adjusts assistance to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. Veloster’s turning diameter of 34.1 feet is better than Mini’s 35.4 feet, Civic Si’s 37.1 feet, VW GTI’s 35.8 feet, VW Beetle Turbo’s 35.4 feet, and Fiat Abarth’s 37.6 feet.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS
The Veloster rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase, with an overall length of 166.1 inches and width of 70.5 inches. The Veloster Turbo has the same a 104.3-inch wheelbase, but is 1.2 inches longer (167.3 inches) and 0.6 inches wider (71.1 inches).

WORLD-CLASS WEIGHT EFFICIENCY
World-class weight efficiency is a program target for all Hyundai models. This strategy delivers outstanding fuel economy and performance simultaneously. At just 2,679 pounds, the Veloster base model is 403 pounds lighter than the Scion tC. Further, at just 2,877 pounds, Veloster Turbo is 125 pounds lighter than the Honda Civic Si Coupe and 95 pounds lighter than the Volkswagen GTI. This priority on weight efficiency allows the Veloster Turbo to deliver a great combination of agility, performance, and fuel efficiency.

ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY
All Velosters feature a rearview camera fitted to all models for superior parking visibility. Velosters have an exceptional level of standard safety features for the sporty coupe segment highlighted by a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, which optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS).

VSM works to control two effects. The first is when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry pavement on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist to counter this force. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides counter steering. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering

All Velosters feature six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Velosters also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions.

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ENHANCED AUDIO/NAVIGATION SYSTEM CONNECTIVITY
Customers expect to be connected to their electronics at all times, so Veloster comes standard with a multifunction seven-inch touchscreen display. At engine start-up, the screen comes to life with a Veloster image and a unique sound. There are even three interface layouts users can choose from to suit their personal taste.

For 2016, Veloster audio/navigation systems have also been enhanced with the following capabilities and improvements:

Multi-touch screen with menu swipe function
HD Radio® capability
“Eyes Free” Apple Siri® integration for iPhone
Advanced SiriusXM® functions, including Travel Link (90-day trial)
On-board music and app storage (Jukebox 6GB and Apps 4GB)
Navigation map and music split-screen display function
Navigation map with enhanced junction-view lane guidance

A Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download and audio streaming is standard and onboard navigation is optional. The system also integrates a rearview camera.

Pandora® internet radio is integrated into all Velosters. The display screen has a Pandora icon to stream internet radio from an iPhone® or Android®. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down.

With video games being an important element of entertainment, Hyundai integrated an RCA cable and an available 115-volt power outlet in Veloster to support gaming consoles for ultimate gaming sessions or to watch videos on the seven-inch multimedia touchscreen when the vehicle is parked.

Veloster Turbo features a standard 450-watt Dimension Premium Audio system with eight speakers including an eight-inch subwoofer, external amplifier and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A SiriusXM® Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the head unit and features channel logos and Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker. For 2016, SiriusXM Travel Link® has been added, with a 90-day trial period.

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CONNECTED CARE AND HYUNDAI BLUE LINK®
The 2016 Veloster offers the next-generation of Hyundai Blue Link®, with enhanced safety, service and infotainment telematics. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like remote start, destination search powered by Google®, remote door lock/unlock and stolen vehicle recovery. In addition to these features and services, Veloster models equipped with Blue Link come standard with one year of complimentary Blue Link Connected Care. Connected Care is a suite of safety and car care features providing Hyundai owners with free proactive services including automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, monthly vehicle health reporting and maintenance alerts.

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