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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster ranked #5 in Compact Cars. Currently the Hyundai Veloster has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 9.9
Reliability: TBD

2019 Hyundai Veloster Review

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster joins the automotive market fresh off a redesign. It offers strong performance and a lot to like inside, which is why it finishes in the top third of our compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Supportive seats
  • User-friendly cabin tech
  • Above-average cargo capacity
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Some cheap cabin materials

Is the Hyundai Veloster a Good Car?

Yes, the Hyundai Veloster is a good car. This hatchback features plenty of interior space overall (though the rear seats aren't especially roomy) and some user-friendly infotainment technology. However, it doesn't have the upscale feel of some rivals, and its gas mileage is a bit below average. On the road, the Veloster is smooth and decently powerful, and it handles much better than most compact cars.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Veloster?

The Veloster's base price sits in the middle of the class, which makes this Hyundai a solid value. However, you may still be cross shopping competitors like the Honda Civic or Nissan Sentra. The Civic could give the Veloster a run for its money, but the Sentra sits solidly at the bottom of our rankings.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Veloster?

As of this writing, the 2019 Veloster is the only model year of the current generation. Compared to the 2017 model (the Veloster went on hiatus for 2018), the 2019 model has a more powerful base engine and a smoother ride. The new Veloster’s interior is nicer than the outgoing model’s, and it has more cargo space as well. The 2019 model also offers new features, including wireless phone charging, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, and many more driver assistance options.

You can save money by shopping for a used 2017 or older model (potentially thousands of dollars with the 2016 Veloster), but you won't get the benefits of the vehicle's redesign. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Veloster review to help you decide if you can live without the 2019 model's extra power.

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How Much Does the Hyundai Veloster Cost?

The Veloster's $18,500 base price is midpack among compact cars. There are several trims above the base trim that cost more. A fully loaded Veloster, for example, will cost you in the mid-to-high-$20,000s. That's still reasonable for the class; high-end prices for small cars range from the low $20,000s to well into the $30,000s.

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 Nissan Sentra?

The Nissan Sentra carries one of the lowest base prices in the class, but that's its only real selling point. The Veloster is more powerful, more agile, and more fun to drive. The Hyundai also has more cargo space and more standard and available features, including more driver assistance technology. The Veloster may cost a bit more, but it's definitely worth the extra money.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Veloster or Honda Civic?

The Honda Civic is an annual challenger for the top spot in our compact car rankings. It's available in coupe, sedan, and hatchback body styles. In all forms, the Civic is a fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive car. It has one of the nicest interiors in the class, a good amount of cargo space, and plenty of tech features. The Veloster is good, but the Civic is a bit better – and it costs about the same. Go with the Honda.

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Veloster Interior

How Many People Does the Veloster Seat?

The Veloster seats four people. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and they have plenty of bolstering to keep you from sliding around in the seat. The rear seats feel somewhat small, and adults probably won't want to ride in the back for long periods of time.

Veloster and Car Seats

The Veloster features two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors.

Veloster Interior Quality

Despite all its pros, the Veloster doesn't have the classy feel of some competitors. There are lots of hard plastics throughout the cabin, which leads to more of a low-rent vibe.

Veloster Cargo Space

Most rivals have less cargo space than this Hyundai. It provides nearly 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is enough for a cooler and some beach chairs. Fold the rear seats down, and you’ll get more than 44 cubic feet of space. That will let you haul some larger items, like outdoor gear or small pieces of furniture.

Veloster Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

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

Smartly arranged, easy-to-reach infotainment controls make life easy on the driver. The touch screen sometimes responds slowly to inputs, but the menus are intuitive.

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Veloster Performance

Veloster Engine: Three's Not a Crowd

This Hyundai comes standard with a 147-horsepower four-cylinder base engine. Higher trims feature a 201-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder. The base engine should satisfy most drivers, but the turbo-four engine delivers better acceleration and makes the driving experience more fun.

Later in the model year, the performance-oriented Veloster N will join the lineup. It will feature a 275-horsepower turbo-four engine.

Veloster Gas Mileage: Not Terrible, but Could Be Better

The Veloster gets 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Many class rivals get better gas mileage. For comparison, you'll save about $150 on gas per year with the Honda Civic instead.

Veloster Ride and Handling: Hyundai? More Like Fundai!

Believe it or not, the redesigned Veloster is one of the most athletic compact cars available. It's nimble, quick, and responsive, leading to an engaging driving experience. It also rides smoothly, even over harsh pavement.

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Veloster Reliability

Is the Hyundai Veloster Reliable?

The 2019 Veloster does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Hyundai Veloster Warranty

Hyundai backs the Veloster with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Those are better warranty terms than most rivals offer.

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Veloster Safety

Veloster Crash Test Results

The 2019 Veloster has not yet been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Veloster Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera. Available features include a head-up display, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Hyundai Veloster Model Is Right for Me?

There are five Veloster trims: 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate. Later in the model year, the high-performance Veloster N will become available. When picking a Veloster, know that there aren't option packages available. To get more features, you’ll have to step up to the next trim level.

The best options for most buyers are the 2.0 Premium and Turbo trims. They both come with most of the features you can get in a Veloster. The main difference between the two is that the Turbo comes with the turbo-four engine, while the 2.0 Premium does not. If you can live without the turbo-four's extra verve, go with the 2.0 Premium. Otherwise, the Turbo is for you.

Hyundai Veloster 2.0

The Veloster 2.0 carries a base price of $18,500. It comes with a 147-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touch screen. You can add a six-speed automatic transmission for $1,000.

Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium

The Veloster 2.0 Premium starts at $22,750. In addition to the base trim's features, the 2.0 Premium comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, cloth and leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, wireless phone charging, and automatic climate control.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

The Veloster Turbo R-Spec sports a starting price of $22,900. The R-Spec comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and a 201-horsepower turbo-four engine. As far as features go, this trim closely resembles the base Veloster 2.0 – with the exception of a few infotainment upgrades. It adds an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, and satellite radio.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The Veloster Turbo starts at $25,400. The Turbo comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Beyond that, its features list closely resembles the 2.0 Premium trim's.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate

The Veloster Turbo Ultimate has a starting price of $26,650. Standard features in the Turbo Ultimate include a six-speed manual transmission, pedestrian detection, leather upholstery, navigation, HD Radio, and a head-up display. You can add a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for $1,500. Upgrading to the dual-clutch transmission also adds adaptive cruise control.

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 2019 Hyundai Veloster earns a spot in the top third of our compact car rankings for a variety of reasons. It delivers outstanding performance for the class, and there are plenty of things to like inside, too. To put a cherry on top, it's also a decent value compared to some competitors.

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

  • "Hyundai's taken everything its (sic) learned about sporty cars and distilled it down into a great compact hatchback." -- CNET
  • "That the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec is a fun and relatively engaging automobile will be good news to enthusiasts on a budget. That it's also remarkably comfortable and quiet at speed will be a bonus to just about everyone else." -- New York Daily News
  • "The all-new 2019 Hyundai Veloster is a fun, sporty hatchback" -- Boston Globe


Expert Advice

Last Updated: June 13, 2019

Low, but Increasing Sales: Sales of the Hyundai Veloster currently place in the lower half of the compact car class, but they’ve increased significantly by 37.8% 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 over 21 to 1.

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