Hyundai Veloster
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Since the Veloster’s inception, Hyundai has a major hit on its hands owing to the vehicle’s sleek design, comfy-cozy interior and affordability; “Re:Flex” and “R-Spec” trims are added for 2015.

The base 1.6-liter four-cylinder is fine for sedate travel; an optional 201-horsepower turbo 1.6 enhances the car’s sporty demeanor; six-speed manual transmissions are standard with both engines; six-speed automated manual is optional with base 1.6 while a six-speed automatic can be ordered for the Turbo.

The car that caused quite a stir when Hyundai first introduced it for the 2012 model year continues to evolve in terms of content and performance. The three-door front-wheel-drive hatchback is the counterpoint to Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe. Velosters start with with a 138-horsepower 1.6-liter engine that specializes in fuel economy. It’s ideal for commuter-based driving, but for a more serious punch you should opt for the Veloster Turbo that makes 201 horsepower and significantly changes the car’s character. The non-turbo Veloster comes with a six-speed manual transmission but a six-speed automated dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is optional. Specifying the DCT adds a selectable Active Eco mode that adjusts the computer-regulated engine and transmission mapping to maximize fuel economy. Stepping up to the Veloster Turbo lets you choose between the six-speed stick or the available six-speed automatic. Visually, the Turbo gets a more aggressive front end with a larger blacked out grille, unique hood, ground effects body kit, a revised rear bumper and a gigantic twin exhaust poking out the back. Keeping the base Veloster well below the $20,000 threshold involves pruning the equipment list, although air conditioning, remote keyless entry, seven-inch multi-function touch-screen display and a newly added rearview monitor are included along with the usual power-operated windows, door locks and outside mirrors. Optional for base models but standard for the Turbo is an upgraded interior, push-button start, up-level 450-watt sound package, navigation system and a panoramic sunroof. For 2015 the Veloster Re:Flex starts with the non-turbo 1.6, then adds the DCT, leather interior, bigger 18-inch wheels (17-inch alloys are standard) and other trim bits. For the performance-minded, a new R-Spec trim level includes sport-suspension tuning, sport seats and a six-speed close-ratio transmission that uses a B&M-brand short-throw gear shifter.