2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo DCT Automatic Review – Small Changes Do Not Cut it

In 2016, Hyundai has done little to spice up the aging Veloster for its mid cycle refresh, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo DCT. When the Hyundai Veloster launched in 2012, it generated lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd with its sporty styling and unusual design such as a coupe on the left, a four door on the right. New engines and transmissions were installed, but the interior remained the same aside from a few nips and tucks. New they were indeed, but better? Nope.

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo DCT Automatic Review - Small Changes Do Not Cut it

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo DCT Can Leave a Good First Impression, But Your Thoughts Will Change Once You Get Behind the Wheel

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo DCT has some pretty unique and sporty design cues that most people often mistake it for a hot hatch. Some think it looks whimsical and fun, while others feel it tries too hard, emphasizing difference just for the sake of being different. The small rear passenger-side door isn’t ideal for access to the back seat, but it’s certainly easier than using the single, longer door on the driver’s side. Under the hood is a new 1.6-Liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting out a rather decent 201hp but at a rather high 6000rpm. The engine is paired to the new 7-speed dual clutch transmission that shifts quicker, but is very hesitant unless you plant your foot on the gas.

Apart from the classy-looking new gauges, the interior design of the 2016 Veloster Turbo DCT is a throwback to a decade ago, with a preponderance of hard plastic and cup holders that lack interior grips to hold drink containers in place. Regardless of one’s aesthetic sensitivities, it’s hard to see out of this thing with its low roof and thick pillars obstructing outward vision in nearly every direction. The new sport seats are delightful except for the indignity of displaying the word “turbo” on their side bolsters. Once installed, two average-size adults fit reasonably well back there, albeit with precious little space between their heads and the rear glass. The Veloster also can hold a generous 16 cubic feet of stuff in its deep cargo space, once you’ve lifted it over the high sill.

Driving the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo DCT, fantasies of it being a sporty ride is quickly thrown out the window with its transmission performing horribly, sure it’s faster than the previous dual clutch, but it seems this transmission was taken from a vehicle tuned for economy where it hesitates to shift, and the engine doesn’t swing that way as the power is available at 6000rpm forcing you to really rev it up to get decent power.


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