Ok guys as I did with my Rio5 I just wanted to give a 3 month update on the Veloster I purchased for those that are interested.
Pros: Economical, Stylish, Cheap, Good Features
Cons: Suspension could be better, horrible factory Tires, No spare Tire, weak a/c
I have to say this car perplexes me like no other that I have owned. Sometime I really like it a lot and sometimes I feel let down and want to trade it. For example I do like the fact that the car often gets a lot of looks and attention. People will seek you out to ask questions or ride next to you to look down into the car. This is not something that you often get for a car in this price range. Not to mention people often think it cost more than it really does.....often in the ballpark of 27-28K. I got mine pre-owned with 15K on the clock for 15K. I just had a trade in evaluation done on the car and at the local Chevy dealer they offered me 14.5K but I said no and they eventually said they would go up another 1K. So I guess I really did get into the car with a good price.
I like the seating and sometimes the car can ride smooth when the roads allow. With the factory tires I had one blow out from a road imperfection and two impact bubbles in different tires. So I had to replace all four which I did while increasing the tire size from 215/40/18 to 225/40/18 and the difference is night and day. The car now feels better planted, the windshield wipers no longer come on from impacts, and the car handles corners better not letting the tail come loose as much. The car breaks really well so this is one thing they really got right. Still there are areas where they seemed to have rushed the car to production.
First the car can do a weird bank to the front corner if you are breaking and turning sharp. I can't explain it as I have never had a car do this before and let me tell you I have driven a lot. The engine is cool but it does need a tad more power and I could not tolerate the car if it was not a stick. I know how to get what I need out of it but it does take work. Materials inside are good in how they look but are not soft touch. Usually this would bother me but I really like the look so I kind of let it go. Plus they try to pad the areas you often touch so you don't have to feel bad about it. Take the dash....it looks good but touch it and it is Tonka Toy hard. I can live with it for the price because I don't stroke the dash every day.
As we all know Hyundai lied about fuel numbers and it is well known on their forums that the computers in the car are geared to lie also. For example on recent road trips I did get amazing fuel numbers but I had a hard time imagining that at 75MPG and 3K RPM I was getting 45-50 MPG. So what I found after reading post and doing my own calculations (I am a speed demon) I get between 25-28 City and 34-38 Highway. Not that far off the published 27/37 without really trying or the original 28-40.
Another week spot is the A/C system which in Houston heat really struggles and when it does have to pull its weight it takes that little extra zing out of the motor so that is when I fell like I am driving something sluggish and I have to change my driving so that I don't get angry with the lack of refinement and power that starts to surface. I have also been in for 3 repairs to the service center and fortunately my car passed the test for the panoramic roof so I should not have to deal with it exploding out of the blue.
Still over all I have to say I don’t know of anything else I would have purchased for the price as I am a hatch lover. The Focus which is better is too common and Chevy has no choice. Buick lied about bringing the Astra 3 door, Audi A3's look to dull, and the Volvo C30 or whatever it is call was made to look really ugly to me. I have found out that a strut brace and some aftermarket braces under the car are supposed to cure the suspension ills. Also I am going to add projector head lights, cross drill rotors, and some light weight 19's. I think this will keep me interested at least for a little while longer. If you have any question just let me know maybe you know someone that is looking at one.
Video of the Audio System: