As any true sports car lover will tell you, it's those quirky bits that give a car character. Well, the Veloster Turbo has a load of design quirks.
It has a passenger door on the right and not on the left, which bamboozled our art director. We like to think of it as Hyundai acknowledging no one will really be sitting behind the driver in a car like this (aside from it being a fun design stunt). Then pop the sunroof shade back and you basically have the most unobstructed overhead view short of a drop top. Also, it has some of the weirdest interior door handles ever, like spaceship handles—a good thing, of course.
Get in gear and rather than roll, the dual-clutch seven-speed tranny likes to kick forward in first-gear—like it can't wait to get going, the good kind of lurching speed freaks crave. Don't worry though, the generously bolstered seats with "TURBO" stitching will keep you in place.
The 1.6-liter turbo direct-injected engine isn't going to win drag races, but it won't bankrupt you at the pump to play with its 204ps every time traffic clears up. It could use more noise from that sexy center exhaust, so that's what we'd mod first. And that brings us to talking about that beautiful rear end. It's the best-looking butt to come out of Korea, rivaling even the booty of the best members of those K-pop girl groups.
Everything feels right about the Veloster Turbo. But we do have one thing to ask of Hyundai: center-mounted tachometer please!
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Photography Ian Guevarra