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MSRP: $18,000 - $23,600
Invoice: $17,360 - $22,445
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
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Hyundai Veloster Review

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster ranks 34 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.

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Reviewers like the 2015 Hyundai Veloster’s modern cabin design, but say its base engine is underpowered and that it has an uncomfortable ride.

Test drivers agree that the 2015 Veloster has sluggish acceleration with its base four-cylinder engine. They say the optional turbocharged engine makes the Veloster feel quite a bit faster, though rivals like the Ford Fiesta ST feel peppier. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. Test drivers say the base Veloster’s optional automatic transmission could have sharper shifts. With the base engine, the Hyundai Veloster gets up to an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg city/highway, which is normal for the class. Some auto journalists say the Veloster has sporty handling, but others report that a number of rivals are more engaging behind the wheel. Additionally, some critics say the Veloster's ride is too firm and that the steering feels numb.

Reviewers report that the 2015 Hyundai Veloster's cabin materials are attractive, but hard to the touch. The Veloster has supportive front seats, but taller drivers may not have sufficient headroom, test drivers say. Some reviewers write that the Veloster’s rear seats are more spacious than they are in other coupes, but others think they’re cramped. Reviewers are pleased with the amount of cargo space the 2015 Veloster offers, and the Veloster has more cargo space behind the rear seats than many competing coupes. Standard features in the base Veloster include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a USB port and a 7-inch touch-screen audio system. Options include a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker Dimension audio system, navigation, proximity key and rear parking sensors. Most reviewers think the touch screen has sharp graphics and that the touch screen makes it easy to control the audio system.

  • "Even with the clever third door, the Hyundai Veloster isn't exactly a paragon of passenger hauling. If you regularly carry rear-seat passengers, or just have a big dog you like to take with you, you might be better served by something like a VW Golf or Ford Focus." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While it isn't quite as sporty as its styling suggests, the Veloster does offers the high level of standard equipment and solid value for which Hyundai has become known." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is not as fun to drive as it looks, and its ride can be harsh. But with its ample features list, efficient engines and distinctive styling, this unusual hatchback remains an intriguing alternative to regular old economy cars." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "There are few new cars I've evaluated in the last seven years that have disappointed me as much as the Hyundai Veloster. It's slow (though the upcoming Turbo should address this somewhat), ugly, handles poorly, and rides like a buckboard." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Honda Civic is available as a two-door coupe, and reviewers say the Civic has a first-rate cabin and a comfortable ride. They write that the performance-oriented Civic Si is especially fun to drive, with nimble handling and sprightly acceleration.

Test drivers say the Chevrolet Sonic has agile handling, a comfortable ride and feels peppy with its available turbocharged engine. The Sonic also has more cargo space than the Veloster, and reviewers report that it has a spacious back seat.

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Details: 2015 Hyundai Veloster

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is a front-wheel drive, four-seat hatchback that has three doors (two on the passenger side and one on the driver side) and comes in four trims. The base and new-for-2015 RE:FLEX trims have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and Turbo R-Spec and Turbo trims have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. Models with the base engine are available with a six-speed automated manual, and those with the turbocharged engine are available with a six-speed automatic. Aside from minor updates, the Veloster has undergone few changes since it debuted for the 2012 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/26/14

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