We’re a retired couple trying to substitute our present Hyundai Veloster six-speed. We’ve got by no means owned a automobile with an automated transmission, and every year our selections for the standard diminish. We’ve got appeared on the new Volkswagen GTI, however cargo is lower than our present experience. I believe the Subaru WRX is ugly. Ought to we keep the highway and enhance smiles with a brand new Veloster N? – Rod
Petrina Gentile: Rod is true. The 6-speed stick goes the way in which of the dodo chicken, sadly. It breaks my coronary heart, however fortunately there are just a few automobiles nonetheless hanging on to the handbook transmission.
Mark Richardson: It sounds to me as if Rod’s already made up his thoughts, and simply desires our validation of the Veloster N. To dismiss the Volkswagen GTI and Subaru WRX so summarily is fickle, to say the least, nevertheless it’s his cash.
Gentile: I love the actual fact Rod is aware of what he desires – clearly, he has achieved his analysis. So let’s begin with the brand new Veloster N. It’s very sporty, enjoyable to drive with a six-speed handbook, and it has distinctive styling. Personally, I like the three-door physique design – it’s sensible and practical.
Richardson: Hyundai is aware of what its drivers need, and so they didn’t need the common Veloster, simply the hot-hatch efficiency model. So the 275-horsepower N model is now the one Veloster you should buy, and it’s giving the VW GTI a run for its cash.
Gentile: However it’s a bit on the dear aspect, beginning round $38,000, for the bottom mannequin.
Richardson: I’m unsure what’s extra necessary for Rod – the additional efficiency, or the handbook shift? The unique Veloster was a reasonably strange automobile.
Gentile: As a result of we’re unsure, let’s give Rod just a few choices and begin with the Mazda3 Sport. It’s not a high-performance car, nevertheless it’s enjoyable to drive, comes with a stick, and is loads much less cash, beginning at $22,200.
Richardson: Mazda’s a kind of firms – Subaru is one other – that’s dedicated to providing a handbook transmission in its sportier automobiles, and the Mazda3 Sport, which is the hatchback model of the sedan, has an particularly satisfying brief stick. It doesn’t provide rev-matching, which all drivers will insist they don’t want however in all probability do, nevertheless it’s $1,300 inexpensive than the automated.
Gentile: I agree. It has good short-throws and is enjoyable to drive. Plus, you will get it with all-wheel drive and there’s loads of room within the hatchback. Drop the seats and there’s 940 litres of cargo area.
Richardson: You’ll be able to’t have the all-wheel drive with the handbook transmission, although, and nor are you able to get the 250-horsepower turbocharged engine, nevertheless it’s nonetheless enjoyable to drive. A good friend of mine has one with the 186-horsepower engine. She purchased it for the stick shift, and she or he loves it.
Gentile: Another choice that gained’t break the financial institution is the Toyota Corolla hatchback. It begins at $21,450 for the handbook transmission that’s mated to a 169-horsepower, two-litre four-cylinder engine. Positive, that’s not a lot energy in comparison with the automobiles Rod is taking a look at, however with the stick it provides sportiness in comparison with the CVT. It solely has 660 litres of cargo area behind the entrance seats, although.
Richardson: It’s method beneath the Veloster N in efficiency, however I like which you can order the handbook in each trim stage of the Corolla hatch. And I actually like that it has a button for automated rev-matching, similar to the Veloster N, which makes each shift as clean as silk and makes me appear to be a professional.
Gentile: And also you want all the assistance you will get! It’s a wise, reasonably priced, sensible little bundle. However we will’t speak about Corolla with out mentioning the Honda Civic, too.
Richardson: The fundamental Civic hatchback could be very related in energy, however you may bump it up by 20 horsepower if you’d like the Sport trim. It’s dearer throughout the board although, beginning at $28,000, and it’s the identical value for each the handbook and CVT. Then there’s the 200-horsepower Civic Si sedan, which is much more pricey at $33,150.
Gentile: He doesn’t desire a sedan – there’s solely 408 litres within the trunk of the Si, in comparison with 1,308 within the hatchback whenever you fold the seats flat. The Civic hatch is all new for 2022 and the experience and dealing with are spectacular. I not too long ago drove the highest Civic Sport Touring trim with a gutsy, 180 horsepower, 1.5-litre turbocharged 4 with the stick – it was clean, sporty and composed, and I averaged solely 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres in gasoline financial system. Can’t beat that! However as examined it was nearer to $38,000, the identical because the Veloster N.
Richardson: Rod does need cargo area, and the Veloster N folds the rear seats to present greater than 1,200 litres. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless bugging me that Rod dismissed the Volkswagen GTI for having solely 977 litres of area. It’s the one certainly one of all these automobiles that comes shut in efficiency, and it’s loads inexpensive in case you don’t need most of the premium options which might be commonplace on the Hyundai.
Gentile: Sufficient with the GTI – Rod doesn’t need it. My selection for him is the Civic hatchback. I believe he’ll love the handbook transmission and all the brand new expertise and bolder styling, too.
Richardson: It has the cargo area he desires, nevertheless it doesn’t have the excessive stage of efficiency he may be wanting too. If Rod actually desires some driving enjoyable in his retirement, and doesn’t thoughts spending cash for it, then he’ll love the Hyundai Veloster N.
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