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Rankings & Research

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster ranked #5 in Compact Cars. Currently the Hyundai Veloster has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.8
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.9 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 3.5 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2020 Hyundai Veloster Review

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster has an engaging ride and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, it sits midpack in our compact car rankings because some competitors offer slightly better performance and nicer interiors.

Pros & Cons

  • Fun to drive
  • Intuitive technology
  • Generous cargo room
  • Well-bolstered front seats
  • Limited rear-seat space
  • Some low-rent interior materials
  • Poor fuel efficiency for the class

Is the Hyundai Veloster a Good Car?

Yes, the 2020 Veloster is a good car. This Hyundai is one of the more enjoyable compact cars to drive thanks to its lithe handling and composed ride. Inside, you'll find plenty of cargo space and supportive front seats. There are some downsides to keep in mind, though, including the Veloster’s below-average fuel economy figures and its minimal rear-seat passenger space.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Veloster?

The 2020 Veloster has a solid place in our rankings, and its average starting price makes it a good value. That said, we recommend checking out its competition before making a purchase decision. The Honda Civic and Volkswagen GTI are some of the most athletic vehicles in the class, and they feature more refined cabins than the Veloster.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Veloster?

The 2020 Veloster is part of a generation that began with the 2019 model. The 2019 redesign brought in a stronger base engine (147 horsepower versus the 2017 model’s 132), nearly 10 cubic feet of additional cargo space, and standard driver assistance features like forward collision warning and driver drowsiness monitoring. The only significant change for 2020 is that the manual transmission is no longer available in the Turbo Ultimate trim. Unless your heart is set on having on a manual transmission, consider a used 2019 model to save some money. A 2017-or-older Veloster will cost you even less, but you'll miss out on the benefits from the redesign.

Be sure to read our 2017 Veloster and 2019 Veloster reviews to help make your decision. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 15 Hyundai Veloster reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Hyundai Veloster Cost?

The 2020 Veloster's starting price is around $18,600, which is average for the class. The Veloster comes in six trims, with the high-level Turbo Ultimate trim starting at around $28,150. A performance-oriented Veloster N model is also available for around $27,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

Hyundai Veloster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Veloster or Honda Civic?

The Honda Civic is a fantastic choice in the compact car class. While the Veloster maxes out with 275 horsepower in the performance-oriented Veloster N model, the Civic offers up to 306 horsepower in the sporty Type R model. The Civic is even more fun to drive, too, with direct steering and sporty handling. It also has some of the best gas mileage figures in the class. Beyond that, the Civic comes in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles, so shoppers have plenty of options.

Inside the Civic, you'll find nicer materials than in the Veloster. The Hyundai has a lower starting price, along with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are optional in the Honda. However, the Civic has more standard driver assistance features, including lane departure warning and road departure mitigation. The Civic is a much better choice.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Veloster or Volkswagen GTI?

If its above-average starting price isn’t a deal breaker, consider the more well-rounded Volkswagen GTI instead of the Veloster. The GTI's base engine provides up to 228 horsepower, which is significantly more than the base Veloster's 147 horsepower. The GTI is also more fun to drive, with a standard sport-tuned suspension system that makes it nimble and responsive. Its ride can be stiff on bumpy roads, but the GTI makes up for it with a refined, comfortable, and roomy interior. All in all, the GTI is a standout compact car that's worth your consideration.

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Veloster Interior

How Many People Does the Veloster Seat?

There's seating for up to four people in the Veloster's cabin. This Hyundai has a unique setup that features two doors on the passenger side and a single door on the driver's side. As you can imagine, it's easier to get into the back row through the rear passenger-side door than the single driver's side door. The front seats have plenty of space and ample support from side bolsters, but back-seat space is minimal. Still, reviewers claim that adults should be fine in the rear for short excursions.

Veloster and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear seats.

Veloster Interior Quality

The Veloster's interior quality doesn't live up to that of several class rivals. Inside, you'll find far too many hard plastics that make the cabin feel cheap.

Veloster Cargo Space

This Hyundai makes up for its low-rent interior with above-average cargo capacity. It has 19.9 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats and 44.5 cubic feet when the back row is folded down. The Veloster's hatch opening is narrow, however.

Veloster Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Veloster's infotainment system is intuitive, with logically arranged and user-friendly controls. The only flaw is that the touch screen may take some time to respond to user inputs.

Standard features in this Hyundai include a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, navigation, and wireless phone charging.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Veloster Performance

Veloster Engine: Lots of Powerful Options

The 2020 Veloster comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 147 horsepower. This powertrain will be fine for most shoppers, as it provides enough power for most daily driving needs. However, there are other options for those yearning for more power. The R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate trims come with a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that helps the vehicle accelerate quicker. There's also a Veloster N model that features either a 250- or 275-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, depending on the package it's outfitted with. This engine will give you the most energetic driving experience in the lineup.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard. A six-speed automatic transmission is available with the base engine (standard in the 2.0 Premium model), and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is standard in Turbo and Turbo Ultimate models.

Veloster Gas Mileage: Doesn't Live Up to Class Standards

The base Veloster with a manual transmission gets 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Add the available automatic transmission, and you’ll get 2 more mpg in the city and 1 additional mpg on the highway. These figures are below average for the class. Models with the 1.6-liter turbo-four get 26/33 mpg city/highway when equipped with a manual transmission and 28/34 mpg with an automatic.

Veloster Ride and Handling: Among the Best

The Veloster is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the compact car class. It features a somewhat sporty suspension system that helps it remain planted in tight corners. It also delivers a well-weighted steering system and a smooth ride over rough pavement.

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Veloster Reliability

Is the Hyundai Veloster Reliable?

As of this writing, J.D. Power has not evaluated the 2020 Veloster for predicted reliability, but the nearly identical 2019 Veloster has a slightly above-average rating of 3.5 out of five.

Hyundai Veloster Warranty

The Veloster has a longer warranty than most class rivals. It comes with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Veloster Safety

Veloster Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has performed crash tests on the 2020 Veloster.

The IIHS gave the similar 2019 model the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed. Models that were built with specific headlights also received a Top Safety Pick designation. 2019 Velosters earned a Superior rating for front crash prevention. Depending on trim, the 2019 Veloster's headlights received either an Acceptable or Poor rating for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

Veloster Safety Features

The Veloster comes with a generous list of active safety features, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot mirrors, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Available advanced safety features include pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display.

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Veloster Dimensions and Weight

The Veloster is roughly 13.9 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 2,700 to 3,110 pounds.

Where is the Hyundai Veloster Built?

Hyundai builds 2020 Veloster in South Korea.

Which Hyundai Veloster Model Is Right for Me?

The Veloster comes in five main trim levels: 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, and Turbo Ultimate. A performance-enhanced Veloster N model is also available, which comes with either a standard package or a performance package. For many shoppers, the base 2.0 trim will suffice. It provides smartphone integration technology through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a generous list of standard safety equipment. However, some shoppers may want to step up to the Turbo trim or higher to get a more energetic engine and a dual-clutch transmission. If you want more power and a more rewarding driving experience, you’ll want to opt for one of the Veloster N models.

Hyundai Veloster 2.0

The base 2.0 trim starts at around $18,600 and includes a 147-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. The Veloster also comes standard with cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and two USB ports. A host of safety tech is standard, including a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot mirrors, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. A six-speed automatic transmission costs an additional $1,000.

Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium

Starting at about $22,800, the Premium trim includes the base trim's features and adds a six-speed automatic transmission, an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, wireless phone charging, automatic climate control, cloth and synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Hyundai Veloster 2.0 R-Spec

The R-Spec trim starts at around $23,150 and includes a six-speed manual transmission and a 201-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This trim features most of the base trim's equipment, as well as an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch screen. An automatic transmission is not available in the R-Spec trim.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The Turbo trim has a starting price of roughly $25,450 and features the 201-horsepower turbo-four engine and the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The rest of its features list is similar to the 2.0 Premium's.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate

With a starting price of about $28,150, the Turbo Ultimate trim includes a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, HD Radio, navigation, genuine leather upholstery, a head-up display, and pedestrian detection.

Hyundai Veloster N

The Veloster N trim starts at around $27,400 with the standard package, which includes a 250-horsepower turbo-four engine, a six-speed manual transmission, front sport seats, performance tires, a sport-tuned suspension system, and unique exterior styling. The Performance package includes a 275-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a limited-slip differential.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Veloster is a solid compact car. It's a fun-to-drive hatchback with user-friendly technology and lots of cargo space, and its average starting price helps make it a good value. That said, there are more-worthy vehicles – such as the Honda Civic and Volkswagen GTI – in our rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Endowed with the best qualities of a racy coupe and practical hatchback, the 2020 Hyundai Veloster is a true standout." -- Autotrader
  • "The … Hyundai Veloster is a fun, sporty hatchback" -- Boston Globe (2019)
  • "Hyundai's taken everything its learned about sporty cars and distilled it down into a great compact hatchback." -- CNET (2019)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Low, but Increasing Sales: Sales of the Hyundai Veloster currently place at the bottom of the compact car class, but they’ve increased significantly by 30.9 percent this year relative to the same span in 2018. However, even with the sales bump, the class sales leading Honda Civic is outselling the Veloster by a rate of almost 25 to 1.

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