In my general review of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster, I classified the sporty hatchback as a versatile vehicle that can somehow satisfy your thirst for speed. Part of that versatility is the copious amount of features that the car has, which makes driving it convenient and painless.
Of note, Hyundai Philippines is quite generous when it comes to the technology and safety features of the 2019 Veloster. Here’s a rundown of what to expect inside the quirky, head-turning hatchback.
Generous on tech
Aside from a bigger door, the driver of the Hyundai Veloster would get several conveniences to match the car’s price point. For instance, the side mirrors automatically fold when you lock the car, and they open up if you’re within a certain proximity. It’s pretty cool; kind of like a pet that’s happy to see its master. The keyless entry works fine, as well, and seat distance is power-adjustable. The backrest isn’t, though, but that’s pretty logical because you need the driver’s backrest to fold quickly in case rear entry would be on his side.
Completing the tech features are automatic headlights with levelizer, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, cruise control, rear parking camera, speed sensing door locks, auto up/down windows for the driver, and, of course, the 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
I personally love the infotainment system of the 2019 Veloster. Apart from its crisp and clear display, the interface is easy to operate and doesn’t lag. Plus, the Apple CarPlay makes for seamless smartphone integration. The sound coming from the six-speaker setup is great, with enough frequency range for a pleasurable music listening experience. For charging, there are two USB ports and a 12-V socket.
While it’s more rave than complaints with the Veloster’s features, there’s one that can be quite annoying – and that is the heads-up display. The glass where the display is being projected is a little huge, which could distract the driver, especially when in a low driving position. You’re pretty much left with two choices: sit high or completely shut the thing off. I ended up not using the HUD at all.
The Veloster meets expectations when it comes to safety. It has dual front airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat tethers, and traction control. It also has an immobilizer for security purposes.
One thing that’s missing, though, are blind spot monitors, which I think is a very important feature for this car. The Veloster has a huge rear-right blind spot because of its tapered side mirrors and small triangular rear windows, so a little help from sensors should seal the deal.