Afew weeks ago, I finally got the chance to spend a week in Hyundai’s madd cool, three door, sporty compact–the Veloster.
In an effort to broaden the audience to a younger, hipper audience, Hyundai introduced the Veloster at the Detroit Auto Show in 2011. But at 50, I’m totally digin’ it!
Ironically, today I received a press release announcing the delivery of the first new Veloster RE:MIX limited edition, in Houston, Texas–on the same day I intended to publish my review.
Inspired by Hyundai’s successful RE:MIX Lab program, the special limited edition production model was introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at Las Vegas back in November of 2012. It features an aggressive exterior due to a unique body kit, 18-inch dark gunmetal-finish alloy rims, LED headlight accents and taillights, and unique RE:MIX badging. The interior is enhanced with a 450-watt premium Dimension audio system, push-button start with proximity key, leather steering wheel and shift knob, unique interior light kit and RE:MIX floor mats, all at $20,845–with a manual tranny!
While I have yet to actually see/experience the Veloster at the RE:MIX trim level, I can tell you that the $22K based Veloster Turbo with automatic tranny, is A BLAST to drive!
When I think about Veloster in general, I am reminded of Mini, whereas if your taste says Mini and your pockets are in dispute, Veloster offers pretty much the same in terms of looks and performance.
Oh, and in case my word is not enough, Veloster won Bloomberg’s “Best Economy Car,” one of Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Coolest New Cars under $18,000” and Autobytel’s Car of the Year for 2012.
So if like me, you consider yourself as madd sexy and cool, you might wanna check out the Hyundai Veloster!
- 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo (motortrend.com)
- The All New Hyundai Veloster (evanshalshaw.com)
- ARK Hyundai Veloster (motortrend.com)
- 2012 Hyundai Veloster by PM Lifestyle (motortrend.com)
- Kia sketches sleek new Forte (reviews.cnet.com)
- The 10 coolest rides under $18,000: Kelley Blue Book (roadloans.com)