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Why Does the Hyundai Veloster Have Three Doors?

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2015 Hyundai Veloster have three doors reason why

2015 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai’s lineup consists of stylish and practical but relatively conventional models — except for one member that is the fun-loving oddball: the Veloster. This sporty three-door coupe divides fans and critics, particularly over one defining characteristic: its asymmetrical design. It’s the most commonly asked question about the Veloster, but it’s one few people have an answer for: Why does the Hyundai Veloster have three doors?

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If you’ve wondered why the Hyundai Veloster has three doors, here is the answer

2019 Hyundai VelosterIt may surprise you that Hyundai has not come forward with an official, bottom-line reason why it designed the Veloster with three doors. True, the automaker is proud of this design and has highlighted it in its marketing for the Veloster. And, the design remains in the recent new-generation redesign. But, the official reason for its asymmetrical body is a mystery.

Thus, it’s up to engineers and drivers to speculate, and these are their two primary conclusions:

  • Safety for the passengers: If rear-seat passengers aren’t exiting the vehicle on the left side (the side facing the street), they won’t potentially be clipped by a passing car. Hyundai actually released a controversial Veloster commercial overseas pointing out this safety benefit.
  • Convenience for the driver: A long, coupe-like driver-side door offers more comfortable entry/exiting and better visibility with the absence of a B-pillar.

Essentially, the Veloster is a compromise between the spirit of a coupe and the practicality of a hatchback.

Most likely, Veloster owners won’t be transporting four people, so a driver’s-side back door would rarely get used. Thus, by only putting a rear door on one side, the Veloster becomes a half-coupe/half-hatchback: better access to the back row than a coupe without detracting from the driver’s daily experience.

The Veloster is a great example of rethinking assumed standards and offering an alternative that might seem strange but, upon further consideration, is pretty clever.

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