2015 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

Fun, No-Frills Hatchback. Economical three-door hatchback.

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The Veloster R-Spec is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Cars

Feast your eyes on the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec. This is Hyundai's new 3-door hatchback, which is aimed at sport-compact shoppers on a budget. It is available with a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 and sport-tuned suspension.

The R-Spec package adds sportier suspension tuning, some body kit pieces and red interior accents. It also means you get a six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shift kit from aftermarket tuners. These bits do address some of the shortcomings of the Veloster Turbo as a driving enthusiast's machine. Body roll is reduced, turn-in is sharper and the gear shift feels tighter.

At under $23,000 for the R-Spec model, the 201-horsepower 2015 Hyundai Veloster remains a bargain as a practical, relatively fuel-efficient sporty hatchback. As a bonus, the Veloster's standard equipment list is still pretty generous, including Hyundai's excellent infotainment system, USB and Auxilliary input jacks and a 90-day satellite radio trial. With its third door easing access to the rear seat, the Veloster offers some extra practicality as well, which city drivers and those who occasionally transport pets and children will likely appreciate.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 7-year/unlimited-mile perforation warranty, 5-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $21,300

As Tested: $21,300

  • 24 / 33 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.7 sec
  • 0-60
  • 201
  • Horsepower
  • 139 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 1.6-liter inline-4 turbo
  • Horsepower: 201
  • Torque: 195
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Curb Weight: 2,925 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 104.3 in
  • Length: 167.3 in
  • Width: 71.1 in
  • Height: 55.1 in
  • Turning circle: 34.1 ft
  • Brakes: Front vented, rear solid disc with single-piston sliding calipers
  • Suspension: Front MacPherson strut, rear solid beam
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 7.7 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 126 ft.
  • Top Speed: 139 mph
  • EPA City: 24 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 33 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 28 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: NHTSA: 5 stars

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