- Unique three-door design
- New RE:FLEX special edition for 2015
- Five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA
The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is back for the new model year with sporty driving characteristics, good fuel economy, and a special edition model, the RE:FLEX, which will only be offered in limited numbers. It offers unique styling details inside and out, as well as added standard features and special badging.
Even in its fourth year, the Veloster remains interesting in shape and appearance, with its three-door setup and low, downward-sloping roofline. The third-door is found on the passenger side, and pops open after the front door is opened for easier access to the rear seats.
Under the hood, the Veloster offers two engines. The first one is found in base models, a 138-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder shared with the Accent. It is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The more intriguing option is found in Turbo and Turbo R-Spec models, a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 195 pounds-feet of torque, with the same transmission options. Fuel economy varies between non-turbo and turbo models. With the base engine, expect 27-28/37 mpg city/highway, while Turbo models follow behind that with 24 city mpg, and 31 or 35 mpg on the highway (higher number with the manual transmission).
The Turbo R-Spec, which debuted last year, is a stripped down version of the Turbo; it subtracts some of the standard features on the Turbo like heated leather seats and push-button start, for a more focused approach on the act of driving. R-Spec models do add a sport suspension, tightened steering, and a B&M short-shifter for the six-speed manual (the only offered transmission on the R-Spec).
Inside, a sharply angled dashboard houses a seven-inch touchscreen display that controls the audio system. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, Blue Link telematics, USB/iPod port, power windows and locks, and Pandora internet radio streaming through a supported smart phone. Push-button start, a navigation system, and leather upholstery are optional. Automatic climate control is newly available for 2015 as a part of the Tech Package. Turbo models also get unique stitching and embroidered “Turbo” logos in the seats, as well as heated front seats and a premium stereo.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera, six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.