Sporty and spunky, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster has won the Vincentric Best Value in America three times in a row. Starting at $18,835 it’s easy to see why. Its quirky sports styling ensures it sticks out in traffic, and it’s an exciting alternative to the other offerings in its class.

For 2016, the Veloster gets a new trim level – the Rally Edition – and there have been major upgrades to styling and performance. Read on to learn about the all-new 2016 Hyundai Veloster.

Performance

The Hyundai Veloster is one of the market’s most unique coupes. It borrow its powertrain from the Accent and the underpinnings are taken from the Elantra. Hyundai went to great lengths to engineer this car in such a way that its soul can match the aggressive and sharp, sporty styling that it was made with.

The base model Veloster comes with the same engine as the Accent, a 138-horespower engine designed with enough pep for day-to-day city driving.

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Engine

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Engine

The Veloster is also offered in Turbo, Turbo R-Spec and Rally Edition trim levels. These come with the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder as the base model, but Hyundai took it to the next level by turbocharging the engine in order to get a blistering 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. All sport models come with a standard six speed manual transmission and the Turbo version can also be fitted with a state of the art seven-speed DCT transmission. Both options allow the driver maximum control of this sporty coupe.

The Turbo, Turbo R-Spec and Rally Edition trim levels provide you with more powerful brakes and stickier tires for better handling and control of the car’s 201 horses. The R-Spec model takes handling to even another level by offering a stiffer suspension, race-inspired steering and a B+M sport shifter.

Trim Levels

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback comes in four different trims to accompany its compact hatchback body. The base Veloster, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo Rally Edition and Turbo will leave any car enthusiast with some thinking to do, pondering the best option.

Base

Any music enthusiast will not be left wanting with the base Veloster. Not only does this trim level (starting at $18,000) have Bluetooth phone and audio connection capabilities, but there is also a six-speaker sound system with a CD player. Satellite radio, and auxiliary audio jack, and Pandora internet radio is also available. While listening to all the music you can handle, you can do so in ultimate comfort with air-conditioning, heated driver’s seat and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. This trim also comes with LED running lights, heated mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Turbo

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The $22,600 Turbo trim brings its own audio system to the table. Music will be able to flow out of this trim’s eight-speaker Dimension audio system. In addition, the exterior and interior trim is a premium upholstery made of leatherette. The steering wheel and shift knob are also padded in leather. If that was not enough, the turbo trim offers 18-inch wheels, a sunroof that gives passengers and the driver a view on all angles, and Hyundai’s first-generation Blue Link emergency telematics system.

Turbo R-Spec

2016 Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2016 Veloster Turbo R-Spec

If power is what one is after, the $21,600 Turbo R-Spec offers a car with a body that is tuned for a sporty look and feel. The engine is more powerful, a lower body kit is included and a torque-vectoring system allows for smoother braking and general handling. The Turbo R-Spec did not exclude music lovers, either; Active Sound Design is a feature that tunes out the sound of the engine so music is uninterrupted. This trim also comes with LED taillights, and a B&M sport shifter.

Rally Edition

2016 Veloster Rally Edition

2016 Veloster Rally Edition

Last, but certainly not least is the Veloster Rally Edition that is new in 2016. Starting at $23,950, this trim is all about performance from start to finish; included is high performance springs, dampers, and a stabilizer bar that allows for even the sharpest and tightest of handling on turns. Wheels weigh five pounds less, so they deliver an even more impressive performance with every ride. The color of this trim is an exclusive matte blue exterior with black leather on the interior. The black leather is complimented by blue accents all throughout the inside of the sporty trim. The Rally Edition comes with a manual transmission with a B &M Racing Sport Shifter. To top it all off, even the floor mats are embroidered in this special trim.

Exterior

2016 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

2016 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

Hyundai continues to provide some of the most aesthetically pleasing cars for the best value. The design of the Hyundai Veloster stands out among its class and represents a new standard for automakers looking to compete. Sleek, flowing lines define the various sections of the car accentuating features like the fog lights and wheels.

The Veloster brings a truly sporty feel to the compact market with a style that is appealing to both young and old. Extended curves are exaggerated in Hyundai fashion helping bring an attitude and personality to the spunky car. Powerful LED headlights light the way with an extra pair of fog lights below. The headlights feature an exaggerated casing that stretches further back for visual appeal. The sleek design of the Veloster matches its unique ability to reach across classes.

Interior

For a small car, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster is surprisingly versatile and unique, with a range of options and features not normally found in this type of vehicle.

There’s plenty of room in the front seats for even the tallest people, with easily adjustable seats, optional sunroof or panoramic roof, and plenty of useful storage spaces. The Veloster is designed to provide the most comfortable ride possible for a car of this type.

You’ll find more than a touch of luxury with the Turbo Veloster, which includes heated leather seats, an eight-way power driver seat and 18-inch wheels with Kumho Solus tires.

Technology

2016 Hyundai Veloster Center Console

2016 Hyundai Veloster Center Console

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster is built with the electronic junkie in mind with a seven-inch multi-function touch screen display that comes up the moment you start your engine. It comes with the ability to seamlessly integrate with and power all of today’s electronics on the go. Whether a game needs to be played, music listened to or a video watched, the Veloster can do it all. The touch screen allows the driver three different interface options to customize their experience to their tastes and preferences.

The Veloster comes with a premium eight-speaker sound system with iPod /USB/auxiliary input jacks, an external amplifier and an eight-inch sub-woofer. A 90-day trial of SiriusXM is included. To keep passengers entertained there is a power outlet and RCA cable connection to play games or watch videos. Besides SiriusXM, Pandora internet radio is also included and can be interfaced with via an Android or iOS phone.

Keep connected with friends and family through a hands-free Bluetooth phone system. Experience the safety of knowing phone calls can be made without interfering with the ability to drive. The on-board navigation choice is optional, but address book download, voice recognition and audio streaming come standard.

The navigation system has been updated with a lane guidance system with an enhanced view and an option for split screen music display function.

Blue Link

Hyundai Blue Link adds the ability to start the car remotely or to lock or unlock the doors in the event of leaving keys in the car, or misplacing the keys entirely. In the event that the car is stolen, Hyundai Blue Link can assist with stolen vehicle recovery. There is also a Google-enabled destination search so that the driver is never lost.

All of these choices and options come standard with one year free of Blue Link Connected Care. Connected Care empowers Hyundai drivers with a suite of safety and car care features such as SOS emergency assistance, maintenance alerts, enhanced roadside assistance and monthly vehicle health reports.

Safety

2016 Hyundai Veloster Airbags

2016 Hyundai Veloster Airbags

The 5-star rated 2016 Hyundai Veloster is equipped with advanced safety features that give a lot of peace of mind to the driver. It has six airbags (dual front, front seat impact, and front and rear side curtain) of critical importance in a crash. It also has an advanced braking system, with anti-lock brakes (ABS) plus brake assist for when you need maximum braking power in an emergency stop situation. The Electronic Brake-force Distribution system (EBD) adjusts the braking force load between front and rear axles depending on the weight load in the car.

The Veloster also has features that maximize stability on the road. The Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system balances the vehicle on uneven road surface conditions, such as when there are patches of water or ice, using the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) systems to provide steering assist to help prevent the car from over-pulling in one direction or another.

There’s also a rearview camera installed in all models of the Veloster, to help with safety when reversing and parking.

Summary

An exciting car that turns heads, the Veloster also doesn’t break the bank. Whether you plan to just drive around in style in the base model or get racing in the all-new Rally Edition, we invite you to come test drive the Veloster today!