Since H/K apparently plan to equip the 2017 1.6t Fortes and Elantras with the 7-speed dual clutch auto, I thought I should check out the powertrain. At present, the availability is in Velosters, which have used the 1.6t and 7-DCT for a couple of years now.
There's ONE within 60 miles. Taylor Hyundai Perrysburg had a car which I drove.
I can see why the car-magazine scribes complain about this trans. sad.gif Very peculiar that H/K would go forward with a trans so hinky, in an important segment. ANY segment is important. The driving public is an important segment.
One writer said Audi has made their DCT work. H/K hasn't.
At low speeds it has slow reactions. It allows gaps and surges. I could not appreciate the great torque of the 1.6 turbo with this trans, unlike in the Forte5 6A I drove.
The 7 DCT doesn't seem to shift especially quickly, consistently, though that's supposed to be one of its main claims to fame. Sometimes it was quick. Sometimes a bit sluggish. And acceleration below 50 was NOT impressive.
If I let the car creep a foot or two at a light, the idle would run up to about 700-800. When I stopped again, it would drop back to about 500. Werd.
Unstable, in a word.
I'll continue looking for a '16 (or 2015) F5 methinks. I really would not want to be stuck with that trannie. I had a nice car with a hinkie trannie before: 2011 Chrysler 200 V6. Great power, good car, trans needed help.
Work out the bugs before you release your gadgets on the public, Hyundai. KIA. Who do you think you are, GM? LOL.
The Veloster itself is kind of cool. I love the 3rd door on the right side. Very cool.
The car is small and fairly tight. It corners flat, rides well, feels solid, and currently offers $4500 off with mil discount. But I don't want a bitty car.
If your tastes run to this size and class, I encourage you to take a taste. I like the turbo mill, but I just don't feel its best characteristics with this trans.
They come with sticks too, too, if you're a shifty.