Audio features on all Velosters include a USB/iPod interface, RCA inputs, Bluetooth hands-free, and GraceNote music display technology that allows you to request music with voice commands. Upgrades on the Turbo model, which starts around $23k, include leather seats, big wheels and tires, a rearview camera, and more. Options include a huge panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, upgraded wheels, and a 115-volt outlet.
Automatic climate control is newly optional in the Turbo for 2014, and daytime running lights are a standard feature across the model line. And as part of the Blue Link suite of services, the Hyundai Assurance Connected Care service is included for three years regardless of the level of subscription.
Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system is standard on the Veloster, too. Similar in concept to a degree to GM’s OnStar, BlueLink uses existing databases to provide directions and information for drivers via voice requests, as well as safety services like Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance. A higher subscription levels it also includes turn-by-turn navigation capability. It's patrolled by live operators that ensure the cloud-hosted information is delivered properly; those operators can help if needed, unlike OnStar, where they handle every customer interaction. And for 2014 it includes Hyundai Assurance Connected Care service for three years regardless of the level of subscription.
Just two option packages, Style and Tech, are offered on the base Veloster. Style models add 18-inch alloy wheels; a panoramic sunroof; leatherette seats; leather trim; alloy pedals; an upgraded Dimension audio system; and fog lamps. The Tech Package adds backup sensors; painted wheel inserts; a navigation system; push-button start; and a 115-volt outlet. Oddly, an auto up/down driver's side window is only included if you order the whole Style package. Otherwise, one of the most significant price choices is the Dual Clutch (DCT) automatic gearbox, which runs $1,250 more than the manual.
The Turbo commands a $4,500 premium over the base car, and in addition to the stronger engine and steering, stopping, and suspension improvements, it gets a host of add-ons. They include heated leather seats, LED headlight accents and LED taillamps, a 450-watt audio system and 18-inch wheels.
The Veloster Turbo also makes some package equipment standard, like the rearview camera and parking sensors. The available navigation system and panoramic sunroof are options in an Ultimate Package. A six-speed automatic is an option too, for $1,000.
Also offered on the Turbo is Hyundai's first matte paint finish, complete with an owner care kit, priced at $1,000--and paired with the suggestion that only those who like hand-washing their cars should take on the maintenance of keeping the street look scratch-free.
If you opt for the edgy Turbo R-Spec, you'll do without some features. Push-button start and proximity key; the electroluminescent instrument cluster, side-mirror turn signals, and leather heated seats are among the many items deleted in this focused performance model.