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

April 9, 2012
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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