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Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: The First Cut Is The Deepest

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It's something every new car owner hates: the first scratch. Whether it be on the paint, wheels, glass, or interior, it doesn't matter. The moment your new baby is no longer perfect. Unfortunately, it took less than one week for our new long-term 2012 Hyundai Veloster to acquire its first scar.

While I was visiting Fort Lewis in Washington this weekend, I managed to scrape the rear passenger-side alloy wheel against a curb that had an indentation for emergency parking.

This brings up the discussion regarding these new types of awesome-looking wheels, and how easily they can be damaged. Our Veloster is sporting the large 18-inch alloy wheels with what is typically known by some enthusiasts to be Euro-Flange wheels. This means there is really nothing protecting the beauty face of your wheel.

The Veloster's fancy low profile tires sure don't help, as they feature thin sidewalls that offer no protection against damage to your wheels. These types of wheel and tire set ups look terrific. But in daily driving, they can be a nightmare to keep pristine. Large potholes, tall curbs, and road debris are all enemies when it comes to these wheel-and-tire combinations.

Making matters worse for our Veloster, is that these delicate, yet terrific looking wheels, are pushed out to the corners of the vehicle in an effort to give it an aggressive stance. This effort paid off visually, but when placing the Veloster next to the curb, the combination of the wheels and large C-pillar make it a nerve racking experience--especially considering that (while there is a camera system) outward visibility is a little more challenging here.

As for the wheel, the damage is very minor as you can see in the photos. We plan on getting it fixed. And I suspect I'm on double secret probation until further notice.

Tell us: Have you had a bad experience with a fancy new wheel and tire combination in daily driving? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more updates on the long-term Veloster.

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Comments (8)
  1. I like how you blame everything except driver error for the curb rash. It happens, man up and accept that you are not Ken Block. Don't blame the wheel design, the wheel material, the positioning of the wheels on the outer corners of the car, the height of the curb, the sudden shift in the space-time continuum. You were not aware of your surroundings and rubbed the curb on your new car. It happens.

  2. You seriously deleted my comment? What a joke!!! SOmeone calls you guys out on the carpet for being crap drivers and crap writers and you delete the post?!?!? What a bunch of babies!

  3. The 18 inch wheels on my 2006 Pontiac GTO are the same way. They are so scratched up that I bought a set of smaller 17" wheels off of E-Bay. I also don't understand why GM put 235/18's on a car that makes 400 crank HP, they would spin anytime I put my foot down!

  4. I have 20" factory wheels and low profile tires on my Nitro R/T, NEVER! Also, this is it? This is all that you can report after six months?

  5. James, we've had the car for a week. We'll report more over the next six months.

  6. Wow.. seriously? This is worst car review/update I've ever read about long term car. Actually, any type of car review. Sure blame it on the wheels, design, and everything else.

  7. Being a bit hard on the guy, aren't we? They raise a good point about wheels that aren't protected by the sidewall. I wish I was a perfect driver like you guys, but I've scraped a few curbs in my life. Anyway, the simple (and stylish) solution is...curb feelers!

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