The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is virtually identical to the Veloster that was first introduced in 2011. The three-door hatchback form factor aims to maximize utility without sacrificing a compact footprint. There are two smaller doors on the passenger side, with one large door for the driver. A large rear hatch opens to a deep but narrow cargo area. Finally, the 60/40-split rear seats can fold down for even more cargo volume.
For 2017, the standard Veloster model returns and is still relatively well equipped. Producing just 132 horsepower, its 1.6-liter non-turbocharged engine is a little on the anemic side for genuine sport driving, but it should be fine for the daily commute. You can pick either a six-speed manual or a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, and 17-inch alloy wheels come standard. A 7-inch touchscreen display handles infotainment duties and, though navigation is not included, the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The new-for-2017 Veloster Value Edition splits the difference between the higher-end turbocharged models and the standard Veloster. Feature-rich, the Value Edition is powered by the same engine as the standard Veloster mated to the six-speed automatic transmission. It comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation, automatic climate control and keyless entry with push-button starting. This puts the Value Edition at the sweet spot for value.
If you want performance, check out the Veloster Turbo R Spec. Powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four that produces 201 horsepower, you can row your own gears via a B&M short shifter and a six-speed manual transmission. The R Spec also gets its own suspension calibration, and a unique interior featuring red interior trim and red seat belts.
The Veloster Turbo upgrades the interior with two-tone leather seating surfaces, with a Turbo specific silver-black or orange-black color scheme, and the option to equip the car with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Interestingly, you have to specify a Tech Package in order to get some options that are standard on the Value Edition, such as panoramic roof and navigation.
The compact segment used to be full of boxy and boring cars, and these days, Hyundai is not the only one bringing something different to the table. But no matter what configuration you're interested in, let Edmunds find the perfect Veloster for you.
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