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MSRP: $17,800 - $23,300
Invoice: $17,172 - $22,165
MPG: 28 City / 36 Hwy
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Hyundai Veloster Review

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster ranks 33 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Veloster, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is ranked:

Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Veloster has a well-equipped cabin, good gas mileage and a composed ride, but may disappoint drivers who put a premium on performance.

Equipped with the standard four-cylinder engine, auto writers say the Veloster can feel pokey. They prefer the Veloster Turbo with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, saying it’s a lot quicker from a stop. All trims come standard with a six-speed manual transmission that auto writers say is easy to shift. Depending on the trim, a six-speed automated manual or a six-speed automatic are available, which are praised for their quick shifts. Equipped with an automated manual transmission, the base Veloster gets an EPA-estimated 28/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for a small hatchback. Reviewers think the Veloster has steady handling around curves, especially in the sport-tuned turbo trims. A few critics wish the steering offered more feedback. While some find the Veloster’s ride to be appropriately firm and composed, others find it too rough.

Test drivers say the 2014 Hyundai Veloster’s cabin is outfitted with hard plastic surfaces but they praise the sleek design and nice fit and finish. The front seats are nicely bolstered and provide enough head- and legroom, most say. The rear seats are tighter, especially for taller adults on long trips, others add. Though rival hatchbacks can haul more cargo, the Veloster offers a useful amount of space, especially with the seats folded, auto writers say. The base Veloster comes with a number of standard features, including Bluetooth, a USB/iPod input, a six-speaker CD audio system, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch-screen display, a rearview camera and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, navigation, an eight-speaker premium audio system and push-button start. Test drivers write that most major controls are easy to find and use, the touch screen has a sharp display and the premium audio system sounds great.

  • "Don't sleep on the even more affordable base Veloster, though, because it's fundamentally the same car minus the turbocharger. That means you get the same sporty handling and surprisingly refined high-speed demeanor, plus extra fuel economy. Either way, it's harder than ever to pick nits with the 2014 Hyundai Veloster." -- AutoTrader
  • “Despite its clever third door, those who regularly ferry passengers or pets won't find the Veloster a very easy car to live with. The rear seats are cramped and the cargo bay isn't very big. If you need room, sport and a vehicle with a bit more polish inside, the VW GTI or Ford Focus ST make better choices." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A reasonably roomy interior for 4 passengers, a large cargo hold, high-tech connectivity features, and impressive projected fuel economy help Veloster stand out in its class. Plus, the passenger-side third door is a novel touch that adds a tad more utility... at least among sporty cars." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The 2013 Hyundai Veloster is not as fun to drive as it looks, and its ride can be harsh. But an ample list of features, efficient engines and distinctive styling still make this a good alternative to regular old economy cars." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "If you want the hottest hatch you can buy, you'd best look elsewhere. But if value, edgy style, and MPGs factor in just as much, then the Veloster Turbo may be your ticket to ride." -- Motor Trend (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers say the Mazda Mazda3 hatchback handles nimbly and is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. The Mazda3 also gets better fuel economy ratings than the Veloster. Due to its combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs, the Mazda3 was named one of our 2014 Best Cars for the Money.

The Volkswagen GTI costs a few thousand more than the Veloster, but reviewers say it’s worth considering if you’re looking for great all-around performance. It comes standard with a turbocharged engine that has plenty of pep, test drivers note, and sharp, communicative steering makes it fun to drive through tight turns.

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Details: 2014 Hyundai Veloster

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is a four-seat hatchback and has front-wheel drive. There are three trims. The base trim has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and the Turbo R-Spec and Turbo trims have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. All trims come with a six-speed manual transmission. An automated manual transmission is available on the base trim and a six-speed automatic is available on the Turbo trims. The Veloster hasn’t seen many major changes since it was launched for the 2012 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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