2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition 3-Door Coupe

From the moment the Hyundai Veloster hatchback was introduced, it was evident that the vehicle was unique and special. The only problem was that initially, the earlier Veloster models lacked speed, but Hyundai fixed this issue and the 2016 Hyundai Veloster is now available in Turbo, R-Spec, and an all new Rally Edition trim, which is similar to the Turbo R-Spec except it has additional features that make it sportier than the other models. Changes include a new LED signature for the headlamps, a revised rear bumper with new diffuser vents, a bigger hexagonal front grille and 18 inch alloy wheels that are painted black, finished contrasting splitter and side skirts with a carbon-fiber-like look.

To make the Rally Edition trim stand out from the other models, “Rally Edition” badging has been added as well as a special Matte Blue paint, which is the only color available for the Rally Edition.  It is a beautiful color and goes well with the Veloster’s exterior shape.

Even though the 2016 Veloster is such a stylish and unique vehicle, it is surprisingly inexpensive with an MSRP of only $18,000, yet it looks and feels much more expensive than it really is.

The Veloster Rally Edition has a unique style, is fun to drive, affordable, and fuel efficient, yielding an estimated 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway with the manual transmission.

The base Veloster has a starting MSRP of $18,000 and comes fitted with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with manual transmission that produces 138 horsepower and 123 lb-feet of torque. A 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional and produces 132 horsepower and 120 lb-feet of torque. Standard features for the base Veloster include- air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, LED exterior accent lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a trip computer, and a 6-speaker sound system with a 7-inch touchscreen with rearview camera), iPod/USB connectivity, Bluetooth, and Pandora.

The Turbo trim comes with all of the aforementioned standard features, but with a powerful turbocharged engine, fog lights, better exterior design elements, push-button ignition, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated leather sport seats with intricate embroidery detailing, sporty center-mounted twin circular exhaust outlets, an 8-speaker, 450-watt Dimension Sound System, dual TFT driver-information screens, and alloy pedals. The R-Spec has a sportier appearance with some various luxurious elements and features a Turbo GDI engine.

Powering the Rally Edition is the same turbo 1.6-liter cylinder engine that is in the Turbo R-Spec model, delivering 201 horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque, but the Rally Edition is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission and no automatic options.

Standard safety features include- electronic stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front, full-length side curtain front-side impact, a driver’s side blind spot mirror, torque vectoring control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. All Veloster trims come equipped with a rearview camera, which shows Hyundai values the safety of its drivers and the standard 7-inch touch screen makes the Veloster stand out from other vehicles in its class delivering modern connectivity at all times.

I test drove the Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition with a 6-speed manual transmission and was very impressed with the upscale interior and exterior design, sport-tuned suspension, layout of the controls, technological features, and sloping roofline, which gives the hatchback a refined and attractive appearance. Shifting from one gear to the next is smooth, almost effortless, and the Veloster feels confident at highway speeds.

Also, when I went to a Chik-fil-A drive through, an employee who was helping me said, “Is that a Veloster?” and I said, “Yes, it is” and she told me that she really liked the car and the color.

The Rally Edition also features embroidered floor mats, a short-throw B&M Racing shifter, black leather and blue-accented sporty seats, blue accents on the door panels and the center console, and gray inserts.

There is ample head/legroom in the front cabin, however, it feels a little cramped in the rear cabin, but that is to be expected due to the Veloster’s sporty style. The front seats are comfortable, bolstered, and supportive with leather material and there is enough cargo space (15.5 cubic feet) to haul a variety of small-medium sized items. There is 34.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded down.

On the road, the Veloster Rally Edition has a solid and planted feel with little to no body roll around sharp corners, acceleration is quick and spritely, braking is accurate, shifting is smooth, and road noise is minimal.

When considering the Veloster, I highly recommend the Rally Edition, because it has a more powerful engine which makes driving the vehicle an enjoyable and fun experience.

The Hyundai Veloster is like a breath of fresh air with its unique design and is very different from any other sporty vehicle I have ever seen. It has an impeccable style, great fuel economy, advanced technology, and excellent performance at an affordable. There is no other vehicle like it and the Rally Edition is in my opinion the best Veloster available with an MSRP of about $23,000, exclusive features, and a solid 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, it is definitely worth taking a look at.

To find out more about the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition, please visit- www.hyundaiusa.com

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