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STYLING | 9 out of 10
snazzy it is
Car and Driver
the sort of courageous styling that says, "We can still take a chance."
Edmunds' Inside Line
Although its basic profile may call to mind the Honda CR-Z, it makes its own statement thanks to more than a dozen well-executed details
The Veloster's styling is as idiosyncratic as its door configuration – there's just a lot going on.
The Hyundai Veloster is a genre-buster by design. It dares to be a lot of things all at once. A sporty coupe, a versatile five-door, and a stylish oddity among small cars—it's really all of those, at once.
Since the two doors on its passenger side aren't matched by the single, longer one on the driver side, the Veloster is more than a coupe—a three-door or four-door hatchback, depending on the definition. In any case, it adds up to acres of personality. There's something adventurous and daring—something like a sport bike or a motorcycle—at work in its proportions and laid-back stance that telegraph all sorts of active-lifestyle signals in a way most of today's small cars can't.
The Veloster has such a standout design, the basic Veloster needs very little applique to change itself into Turbo drag--just some piano-black grille gloss, some side kit, some LED trim front and back.
Relative to the Veloster Turbo, the new Turbo R-Spec gets a stiffer suspension, different steering tuning, and a B&M sport shifter. Sportier interior trim and special badging are part of the new model's presentation, and it's offered only in Marathon Blue, Sprint Gray (exclusive to the R-Spec), Elite White and Ultra Black
Inside, the Veloster is nearly as much of a trendsetter; it's put a V-neck on the Veloster's dash and tucked a big LCD locket in the middle—avoiding the clutter, and reconciling sporty and functional. It looks to sport-bike design—especially in the details of its instrument-panel center stack, which takes cues from motorcycle fuel tanks. A big engine-start button sits at the bottom of the stack’s V—and just ahead of the shift knob—on all except the base model, while there are hints of a bike saddle in the center console, and the air vents are meant to look a bit like the ends of bike tailpipes.
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster breaks convention in many ways—and with a lot of conviction.