So, let’s inspect the Hyundai Veloster. An affordable hatchback? Check. Unique sheetmetal? Check. Four doors? Check. Read over those again. Did you notice something wrong about that last one? If not, time to be surprised.
What is it?
The Hyundai Veloster is one of many entries into the hatchback list, but for some reason it’s classified as a coupe to some? I’m not sure why but for the sake of the article I’m calling it a hatchback because that’s primarily what it is. Now earlier I mentioned that it was a 4 door hatchback. I’m sure you’ve seen 3 or 5 door hatches, but 4? That’s because the Veloster has one door on the driver’s side, and two on the passenger’s side. Add the hatchback part and that’s 4 doors.
Now for the big question, why? Well, Coastal Hyundai says that there are three doors for the convenience of the driver. The door on the driver’s side is actually larger, so the driver can get in easier. The extra passenger side door is made for easy accessibility, where in normal 2 door cars, you’d have to climb into the back seat from the front door. To sum it up, having 4 doors total helps everyone out, while maintaining the lower price of a small hatchback.
Until the second generation of Veloster, it was disappointing that it didn’t really have an engine to match its looks. Now we have the optional Theta 2.0 liter engine that packs 271 horsepower into it, effectively providing the above criteria. The car also has its rally and track versions participating in races, and both look great.
…the Hyundai Veloster is a small sporty hatchback that’s accessible for both driver and passenger, while also offering performance variants that provide a long awaited “fast engine”. The asymmetric styling certainly makes it stand out from other cars if one is observant enough to notice, and it conveys its asymmetry well. It reminds me of the Murcielago days (hopefully you understand). Thanks for a great hatchback, Hyundai.
2011 Hyundai Veloster: Hyundai, Mad4Wheels
2012 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Hyundai, Mad4Wheels