Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Hyundai Veloster
The Hyundai Veloster has always been one of the most peculiar-looking vehicles on the market. For the 2019 model year, Hyundai overhauled the design, integrating it more into the rest of its lineup while keeping the model’s personality intact. But the question is: Did Hyundai go overboard in either one of these two areas?
The Veloster’s new face falls in line with the look of other new Hyundais. It gets the brand’s signature “cascading” grille that features sharper angles than the grille on the previous Veloster. New wedge-shaped headlights contribute to a bolder, less curvy look. The 2019 Hyundai Veloster also receives new lines on the hood that extend far out unlike the lines on the old model that are centered near the windshield.
Hyundai kept the Veloster’s unusual three-door setup, with one door on the driver’s side and two on the right side. But looking from the side profile, you’ll realize plenty of other things have changed. First of all, the new Veloster’s roof slopes down less sharply now. You can see this change in the shape of the side windows. The roofline has also been lowered, and the nose appears lower and longer than before. Overall, the look is slightly softer.
In the back, you’ll notice the Veloster ditches the rounded taillights of the old model for a more modern look. Although it still has two exhaust pipes situated next to each other in the middle of the rear end (if it’s a Turbo or R-Spec model), the Veloster features a new, bolder integrated diffuser design. Also, notice the taillights now blend into the rear window. On the old model, there was a clear separation.
As is often the case, the most dramatic changes happen inside the interior. Hyundai revamped the entire design of the center console. A square infotainment screen sits atop the dashboard, with a few neat rows of buttons below. The ignition button has also been repositioned closer to the steering wheel. You’ll also notice Hyundai changed up the position of the air vents as well as the design of the shifter.
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