Some automakers today would have you believe that nobody wants cars anymore. Everyone’s buying SUVs, crossovers and small trucks that sit high and don’t handle well, don’t accelerate quickly and get mediocre mileage. Sports coupes? Dead in the water. Put a fork in ’em — they’re done.
Not so fast, says Hyundai; fun cars aren’t quite dead yet. To prove it, they’ve brought us the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster sports coupe. The slickly styled, value-priced front-wheel-drive coupe has been thoroughly redone for 2019 and doused with a big bucket of refinement. It’s still quirky, still sporty, still has that playful demeanor that’s made it a niche favorite. But it now brings a sophistication to its operation that should really open some eyes.
A Joy to Rev
The goal here is to have the most fun you can without spending ridiculous money, and the Veloster achieves it — at least with the turbocharged variant. Two engines are available, a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making a rather tepid 147 horsepower (I didn’t drive that one) or a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 201 hp (now we’re talking). The turbo is a snarly, raspy little mill, making a lot of its torque down low where it’s most usably felt.