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7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.5
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2015 Hyundai Veloster Review

The Hyundai Veloster has an attractive interior, good fuel economy, and generous standard features. However, its confined rear seats, rough ride, and low reliability score push it toward the bottom of the compact car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive, modern cabin
  • Good fuel economy  
  • Harsh ride quality
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Sluggish base engine

2015 Hyundai Veloster Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Veloster a Good Used Car?

The Hyundai Veloster has a tantalizing recipe. This quirky three-door coupe pairs sporty looks with lots of standard features, good fuel economy, and a handsome interior. Hyundai offers a long certified pre-owned warranty as well, and used Velosters often cost far less than sporty rivals like the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3 hatchbacks. Unfortunately, the finished dish isn’t enough to make this a good used compact car. The Veloster has a below-average reliability rating, marginal cargo space, an uncomfortable ride over rough pavement, and only four seats.

Used 2015 Hyundai Veloster Performance and Interior

 

The Hyundai Veloster has a 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed dual-clutch automatic is available. This engine offers good fuel economy (up to 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway), but it feels underpowered. The manual shifts cleanly, though the automatic transmission can be hesitant to shift at lower speeds. The Veloster Turbo is more refined, and its turbocharged four-cylinder engine packs 201 horsepower. Acceleration isn’t hot-hatch fast, but the Turbo gets up to speed swiftly, offers solid passing power, and has a smoother six-speed automatic. Fuel economy dips to 24/33 mpg city/highway.

The Veloster feels stable and composed at highway speeds, and its quick steering encourages agile handling through turns. However, the Veloster isn’t as sporty as its looks would suggest, and it feels less engaging to drive than its competitors. Its ride quality is also poor on rough roads.

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The Hyundai Veloster has four seats and a unique three-door layout. There’s one door on the driver’s side of the vehicle and two on the passenger side – one to the front and one to the rear. The front seats are comfortable and have generous lateral support, especially the available sport seats. The rear seats are plush, but headroom is in short supply due to the sloping roofline. Rear visibility is pinched as well. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather and heated front seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Veloster’s liftgate opens to reveal a rather slim 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space. The 60/40 split rear seats fold to increase the space to 34.7 cubic feet, though this is still small for a hatchback.

Hyundai packs all Velosters with a generous dose of standard features, which include a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB input, and support for Pandora internet radio. Available features include navigation and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system (allows owners to remotely lock/unlock their vehicles, set limits for teen drivers, and call for help in an emergency). The Veloster’s dashboard has a crisp appearance, and its controls are user-friendly and conveniently arranged. The touch screen has a simple menu structure as well. However, the dashboard has some low-quality hard plastics.

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Used 2015 Hyundai Veloster Prices

The price of a used 2015 Hyundai Veloster ranges from around $12,400 for a base model to $16,200 for Veloster Turbo models. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We’ve researched 64 reviews of the Hyundai Veloster, as well as hard data points like safety scores and the total cost of ownership, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

The Hyundai Veloster has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This score trails sporty competitors like the Subaru WRX and Volkswagen Golf.

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How Safe Is the Veloster?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Veloster the highest rating of Good for roof strength, seat safety, and moderate overlap front crash safety. The Hyundai received an Acceptable rating for side impact safety and a Marginal rating for small overlap front crash safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Veloster a perfect five-star rating for overall and side impact testing, as well as four stars for front and rollover crash safety.

Hyundai equips all models with a rearview camera. Rear parking sensors are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Veloster?

The 2015 Veloster marks the fourth model year of the vehicle’s first generation. There were no major changes for 2015, so you may want to opt for a similarly equipped 2013 or 2014 model for a much lower price.

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Which Used Hyundai Veloster Is Right for Me?

Hyundai offers the 2015 Veloster in four trim levels: base, RE:FLEX, Turbo, and R-Spec. The base Veloster has a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB input, a CD player, keyless entry, and air conditioning. The Veloster RE:FLEX Edition adds leather sport seats, Blue Link, and a sunroof. The Veloster Turbo adds a zippier 201-horsepower engine, a sport-tuned suspension, heated front seats, and proximity keyless entry. The Veloster Turbo R-Spec adds a stiffer suspension, short-throw shifter, and leatherette sport seats.

You may also want to shop for a certified pre-owned Veloster. Certified pre-owned 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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2015 Hyundai Veloster and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Veloster or 2015 Honda Civic?

If you like the Veloster’s sleek styling, you’ll want to give the 2015 Honda Civic a look too. The Civic is available as a sedan or a sporty two-door coupe. While the Civic coupe has a tight back seat like the Veloster and less cargo space, it also offers a higher-quality interior, superior safety and reliability ratings, a smoother ride, and sharper handling. It’s a far better used car pick, albeit often pricier.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Veloster or 2015 Mazda3?

The 2015 Mazda3 hatchback is a better used car than the Veloster. The Mazda pleases with playful handling and a composed ride that the Veloster can’t match. It also offers a roomier cabin, more cargo space, higher fuel economy and reliability ratings, and advanced safety features like forward collision warning. Like the Civic, used Mazda3 hatchbacks are often pricier than used Velosters.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Veloster or 2015 Hyundai Elantra?

Neither the 2015 Hyundai Elantra or Veloster are top options in the compact car class, but if you’re looking for a practical commuter car, the Elantra is the better pick. The Elantra has higher predicted reliability and many of the same convenience features, and GT models have a much larger cargo space. Used Elantras are typically more affordable as well.

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