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2014 Hyundai Veloster Review

Despite having plenty of standard features and a spry turbo-four engine, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster ranks low in its class. Rivals best its weak base engine, limited rear-seat headroom, mixed safety scores, and poor reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Generous standard features
  • Peppy available turbocharged engine
  • Rear seats short on headroom
  • Rivals earn better safety scores
  • Poky base engine
  • Poor reliability rating

New for 2014

  • Rearview camera made standard
  • Available torque vectoring and automatic climate control




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.4
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2014 Hyundai Veloster Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Veloster a Good Used Car?

While the well-equipped Veloster has bold style and a sporty Turbo model, there are better options in the compact car and hatchback classes. Many of the Veloster’s rivals offer more power, better safety and reliability ratings, and more room to stretch out.

Used 2014 Hyundai Veloster Performance and Interior

Acceleration in the Veloster is sluggish with the standard 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The sprightlier Hyundai Veloster Turbo comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 201 horsepower. However, its turbocharger gives it a bit of lag, making the car slower than some competitors off the line. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but models with a six-speed automatic transmission are a more common find. The Veloster returns 24-27 mpg in the city and 31-35 mpg on the highway, which is above-average fuel economy for the class.

The front-wheel-drive Veloster is fun to drive, with controlled handling and a firm yet comfortable ride. Turbo models feature torque vectoring control, which improves grip around turns. The enthusiast-oriented R-Spec model adds a short-throw shifter as well as a sport-tuned suspension and steering. Still, it’s not a corner carver like some other hatchbacks are.

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The three-door Veloster hatchback is unique in that it has one door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side (to provide easier rear-seat access than a two-door vehicle). There’s seating for four on standard cloth upholstery, while some used models feature leatherette and cloth seats or full-leather seats and heated front seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and rear-seat space is fine for all but tall adults. For installing car seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors in the rear outboard seats.

Despite the Veloster’s hard plastic dash surfaces, the cabin is attractive and well-equipped. Standard features include keyless entry and an easy-to-use touch-screen infotainment system with a 7-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB input, and Bluetooth. The Veloster is available with a navigation system, a proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and an impressive eight-speaker audio system.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Veloster Prices

On average, a base Hyundai Veloster with a manual transmission costs about $11,900. On the other end, a Turbo R-Spec model costs around $14,400. Prices fluctuate based on a number of factors, including demand and the vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Veloster?

From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2014 Veloster earned the highest score of Good in three crash tests, an Acceptable in the side impact test, and a Marginal in the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Veloster five out of five stars overall.

Unlike several other compact cars, the Hyundai Veloster comes standard with a rearview camera and a crash notification system. Rear parking sensors and automatic headlights are available in upper trims.

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Should I Consider Another Used Veloster?

Hyundai introduced the Veloster for the 2012 model year, and the new Veloster is largely the same car. The 2013 model year saw the introduction of the Veloster Turbo. One model year later, a rearview camera became standard and torque vectoring and automatic climate control became available. The Veloster saw no changes for 2015. Go for an older model, which will save you money and offer many of the same features.

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Which Used Hyundai Veloster Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster comes in four trims: base, RE:FLEX, Turbo, and R-Spec. To the base model’s features, the Veloster RE:FLEX adds leather upholstery, piano black trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded audio system, fog lights, and LED taillights. The sporty Veloster Turbo comes with the turbocharged engine, torque vectoring control, a proximity key, and heated front seats. The R-Spec model kicks it up a notch with a short-throw shifter, upgraded steering, and a sport-tuned suspension. Because it’s best to avoid the sluggish base engine, the Veloster Turbo is the optimal choice.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Veloster. CPO Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Hyundai Veloster and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Veloster or 2014 Volkswagen Golf?

The Volkswagen Golf boasts an upscale interior with more cabin and cargo space than the Veloster. It also delivers more standard horsepower, better fuel economy with its available diesel engine, and higher reliability and safety scores than its Hyundai rival. If you’re shopping for the Veloster Turbo, consider the sharper-handling Volkswagen GTI or the more powerful Golf R. They both give the Veloster a run for its money.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Veloster or 2014 Hyundai Elantra?

Hyundai loyalists will no doubt compare the Veloster to the Elantra – and for good reason. Both offer a stylish interior, superb fuel economy, and sporty handling. In the end, the Elantra gets the edge thanks to its better reliability rating and larger rear-seat and cargo space in the hatchback body style. The Elantra is also available as a sedan and a coupe. On the downside, the Elantra doesn’t offer the Veloster Turbo’s power, and it comes with fewer standard features.

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