2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

More than just a fancy coat of paint: A tuned-up, special-edition hatchback.

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  • BRB
  • Dislikes
  • cramped interior

Hyundai’s quirky, value-laden 3-door hatchback gets a stylish special edition for 2016. The Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition gets special lightweight alloy wheels, a coat of interesting matte blue paint and the 201-horsepower turbo engine from the Veloster Turbo. In addition to the cosmetic upgrades, the Rally Edition actually gets some upgraded fun-to-drive chops in the form of stiffer springs and sway bars for more responsive handling and a B&M short shifter straight out of a SEMA floor show or aftermarket tuner shop.

Though the 1.6-liter turbo engine’s quoted output stays at 201 horsepower, the shorter shifter and sportier suspension should make the Veloster Rally Edition more fun to drive than a Turbo R-Spec. It will likely make for a more tossable autocross car or canyon carver as well. In general, we’ve been impressed with the standard Veloster’s handling. With such a small displacement engine, it won’t really shove you back in your seat, but there’s enough power to make it an entertaining drive on back roads, and the 1.6-liter turbo motor’s torque will easily overwhelm the front tires from a standstill. The Veloster also gets points for being a somewhat practical enthusiast’s car. With a hatchback design, there’s a reasonable amount of cargo space, and the funny rear-hinged door makes back seat access easier than in most small coupes.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 10-year/100,000 mile hybrid system components warranty, lifetime hybrid battery warranty, 7-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty, 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $23,950

As Tested: $23,950

  • 25 / 33 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.7 sec
  • 0-60
  • 201 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 140 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 1.6-liter turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine
  • Horsepower: 201 hp
  • Torque: 195 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission with racing sport shifter
  • Curb Weight: 2,855 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 104.3 in
  • Length: 167.3 in
  • Width: 71.1 in
  • Height: 55.1 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Suspension: sport-tuned suspension
  • Traction: electronic stability control with traction control
  • 0-60 mph: 6.7 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 173 ft.
  • Top Speed: 140 mph
  • EPA City: 25 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 33 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 28 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Rearview camera, Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Multistage airbags

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