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Can a Hyundai Veloster Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Hyundai Veloster has a tow capacity of 0 lbs. It is not made to pull anything.

The Hyundai Veloster is a coupe manufactured by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. It is a coupe with a unique asymmetrical 3-door configuration with one door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side. It was released in 2011 acting as a successor for the Hyundai Tiburon which was discontinued in 2008. The vehicle is currently in its second generation which started in 2018.

What is the Towing Capacity of VELOSTER?

The Hyundai Veloster can reportedly tow a maximum braked towing capacity of 1000 lbs. This maximum limit only applies when there are brakes on both wheels on either axle of the towed load. So, you can say that the Veloster is able to tow a teardrop trailer as a considerable amount of them weigh below 1000 lbs with the lightest ones starting from 500 lbs.

Hyundai Veloster Engines

The Veloster comes in three different engines which all run on gasoline.

  1. 2.0 L Nu MPI I4: The Nu II is a turbocharged, four cylinder engine with multi-point injection. This is the engine available on the base Veloster. This engine is able to generate 147 hp @ 6200 rpm with a torque of 132 @ 4500 rpm.

  2. 1.6 L Gamma II T-GDI I4: The Gamma II is a turbocharged, four cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection. This is the engine that is available in the Veloster Turbo models. The Gamma II can produce 201 hp @ 6000 rpm with a torque of 195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm.

  3. 2.0 L Theta II T-GDi I4: The Theta II is a turbocharged, four cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection. This is the engine which is exclusive to the high-performance Veloster N. It is able to generate 247 hp @ 6000 rpm and a torque of 260 lb-ft @ 1450-4700 rpm.

Amongst the engines, the Theta II is the best option for towing as it has the most power and torque generation. The Nu II is the least favourable option for towing as it produces very low power and therefore towing with the Nu is not recommended.

Is it Safe to Tow with Veloster?

While towing a reasonable amount of weight with the Veloster is possible with the addition of towing aids such as a trailering hitch, however, it is not recommended because the vehicle not built for towing loads. The Veloster’s transmission and frame were not designed with towing in mind. As a result, insisting on towing would result in unnecessary transmission wear and tear. As this is a relatively small coupe which was built for cruising, towing on the Veloster could cause irreversible damage to the frame of the Veloster.

In Conclusion

We can conclude that the Veloster is able to tow a maximum braked load of 1000 lbs by installing towing aids such as a trailering hitch. There are different engine options available for the Veloster, which includes one MPI 4-cylinder and two GDI 4-cylinders. The engine which can be best used for the towing purposes and has greater longevity is the Theta II due to its power generation and torque. Towing with the Veloster, however, should be performed with caution to avoid damaging the transmission or the vehicle’s frame.