Best test drive ever! (except I didn't drive...)
August 18, 2018
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, where do I start... I literally just test drove the car today so, my experience is fresh in my mind.
Lets start with my first impressions. When I first saw the car in person, it was black on black, it looked fantastic. It was the perfect mix of sporty and quirky. The front of the car looked aggressive, but not necessarily angry, which I liked. Now, going to rear this, I will have to say, was my least favorite part of the car. I didn't not like it, it was just different which is not exactly a bad thing, it just didn't fit my tastes. The interior was well executed. I looked at a car that, like I said, was black on black, but the interior was black with the complementing blue accenting. This car, of all the Velosters I have seen online had my favorite spec (color combination). There were two main issues with the interior though, the center dashboard controls looked kinda cheap and the steering wheel didn't fit the sportiness of the car. Aside from that, the visual impressions of the car were great!
Now, to the test drive (which I did not drive)! The Veloster has a 6 speed manual transmission, just one issue, when I go to look at a car with a manual, I need to know how to drive a manual! Because, of my lack of competency when driving a manual, I had my sales person take me for a drive :). So, I will be reviewing from the passenger seat. Anyway, the Veloster felt great on the road, though if you are looking for a car with a smooth ride, this is probably not the one you are looking for. It is more set up for a sporty ride, which means the suspension is tighter (a bumpier ride). When we were driving it had a good exhaust note (which I did not expect) and when you shifted you could here the turbo blow off sound, which gave it a much sportier feel.
My overall feel for the car is, put simply, awesome! I've been looking for a sporty car to learn to drive a manual with and I think I found it! This is an easy recommendation for me. Anyone looking for a sporty car in the $12000 to $15000 range, this is the car for you!!