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2014 Hyundai Veloster Comfort & Quality

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With a door at the rear, two on the passenger side, and one on the driver's side, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster has a layout that's anything but conventional. And yet it offers up a surprising level of space and versatility and passenger space—more than most coupes its size, for sure.

The Veloster is quite spacious up front for two, even with the available sunroof or panoramic roof. Tall drivers and passengers will fit just fine in the Veloster, even those over six feet tall, because its seats adjust for a wide range of heights (though the base seat doesn't tilt its bottom cushion) and since there's ample head room. The available sunroof shaves off an inch or so of useful headroom, though. Turbo Velosters have heated leather front seats, and an eight-way-adjustable power driver seat.

Rear-seat space and access is compromised by the layout, but there's more versatility than a coupe.

As for the back seat and that catchy side door, they're more playful than practical. Anyone greater than child-size is going to find it tight back there. The Veloster just isn't meant to be a four-person commuter; think of it instead as a versatile two-door hatch, with rear seats that fold down easily to create a very useful cargo area (albeit one with a rather high liftover). And there are plenty of bins, cubbies, and nooks for stowing away smaller items.

In an extended six-month stay with us, a 2012 Veloster proved itself a decent vehicle for weekend trips and longer highway hauls; wind noise could become an issue as we neared 80 mph, however. Turbos contribute a little more whine and bluster, but not an objectionable amount of added noise.

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