The Hyundai Veloster has long been unique among hatchbacks due to its design.
There are really two ways for a particular car to succeed in its segment. It either has to follow formula exceptionally well to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, or it has to innovate in some way. In the case of Hyundai, the Veloster came a bit out of left field. We’d been so used to sedate sedans, humdrum hatchbacks, and common crossovers. Hyundai was a brand that offered good value and a safe, if uninspired, driving experience. Then the Veloster came along and offered up something different: a 2+1 door kammback design with intersecting curves, lines, and angles that offered a more aggressive experience.
Now, eight years later, they’re at it again with the 2019 Hyundai Veloster. It sports a fresh face, but that 2+1 door design is still there. Coupe on one side and a more practical hatch on the other, it’s still unique among hatchbacks. However, that design decision is not universally popular. For instance, the asymmetrical design can look odd to those favoring a more traditional hatchback design.
Then there’s the visibility issues it creates. Thanks to having just one, longer door on the driver’s side, you just get a face full of B-pillar every time you look over your shoulder to check your blind spot. On the other side, it’s not so bad, since it’s a more traditional design with the rear passenger door. Since there are two doors only on one side, your passengers may not enjoy climbing into the car either. You either have to move over to the driver’s side when you enter the car using the rear door, or you have to fold the driver’s seat to let the passenger in. There’s a convenience issue either way, but how often are you really going to use those rear seats?
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