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2015 Hyundai Veloster Review

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster features an attractive cabin and a good assortment of standard features. That said, its poor reliability rating and weak base engine pull it down near the bottom of our compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of standard features
  • Modern interior styling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Limited rear-seat space
  • Harsh ride over rough roads
  • Sluggish base engine




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.4
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2015 Hyundai Veloster Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Veloster a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is an OK used compact car. It has a relatively composed ride, good fuel economy, and a smart-looking interior with fairly easy-to-use technology. However, its cargo space and rear-seat headroom are limited, and the ride can get jarring over bumpy roads.

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How Much Is the 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

Based on about 340 listings for the 2015 Hyundai Veloster on our site, the average list price is $13,900, which is low for the class. Prices range from $10,800 to $17,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Cost to Own?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster's five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are roughly $23,150, or $4,630 per year. That's below the class average.  

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Veloster?

The fully redesigned 2019 Veloster starts at $18,500, and although that's well above the 2015 Veloster's average list price, the upcharge is worth it. The redesigned Veloster has more cargo space, a livelier base engine, a smoother ride, and a nicer interior. It also has a slew of standard driver assistance features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

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Instead of buying a used 2015 Veloster, you may want to consider purchasing the 2019 Hyundai Accent instead. Its starting price of $14,995 is within the 2015 Veloster's price range. Though the Accent is a subcompact car, it features roomy seating for adults in both rows, and unlike the Veloster, it has a rear middle seat. Additionally, it has user-friendly tech features and composed handling. For dynamic performance, check out the 2019 Ford Fiesta, which starts at $14,260. This sedan features solid engines, precise steering, and nimble handling. 

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Veloster Is Best?

The 2015 Veloster is part of a generation that debuted for the 2012 model year and includes the 2017 Veloster.

For 2013, Hyundai added a Turbo trim with a stronger engine. The 2014 Veloster gained a standard rearview camera, available automatic climate control, and optional torque vectoring. The R-Spec trim was also introduced for the 2014 model year. This trim added performance enhancements like a sport-tuned suspension. There were no major changes for 2015.

For 2016, the Veloster gained the limited-production Rally trim and an available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Value Edition trim was introduced for 2017, along with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Hyundai Veloster Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2015 Veloster at the time of this writing.

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Which Used Hyundai Veloster Is Right for Me?

The Veloster comes in four trim levels: base, RE:FLEX, Turbo, and R-Spec.

Most shoppers will be content with the base trim because it comes with plenty of features, including a touch-screen infotainment system with a 7-inch display, six speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The RE:FLEX trim adds standard leather upholstery.

For a more powerful engine, opt for the Turbo trim. The top-of-the-line Turbo R-Spec trim adds even more sporty enhancements that performance-minded shoppers crave.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, Mitsubishi, and Smart have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Veloster?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Veloster the highest rating of Good in three crash tests, the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the side crash test, and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Veloster an overall rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash test.

The Veloster comes standard with a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors are available.

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2015 Hyundai Veloster Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra has better safety scores, more passenger space, and additional cargo room in its GT hatchback model. Both models offer composed handling, but each is plagued by sluggish acceleration and a rough ride over broken pavement. Although the Veloster comes with more standard features like a 7-inch touch screen, the Elantra is the superior choice overall.

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

The 2015 Honda Civic may not have as much cargo space as the Veloster, but it's a better choice nonetheless. This compact car has better safety and reliability ratings, a potent base engine, a more engaging ride, and a comfortable cabin. It's the definite winner in this comparison.

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2015 Veloster Performance

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Drive?

The 2015 Veloster feels comfortable handling sharp corners, but several class rivals feel more engaging from behind the wheel. Moreover, the Veloster's ride becomes very uncomfortable over broken pavement.

The base Veloster comes with a 138-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that feels underpowered. Bypass this engine for the stronger 201-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that comes standard in Veloster Turbo models.

A smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission is standard. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is available, but this transmission struggles to deliver sharp shifts.

Does the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2015 Veloster with an automatic transmission gets 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. These are good ratings for the class. With the upgraded engine and an automatic transmission, the Veloster gets 24/31mpg city/highway.

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2015 Veloster Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Veloster Seat?

This Hyundai has seating for four on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, lumbar support, and heated front seats are available. Unlike every other vehicle on the market, the Veloster has three doors – one on the driver's side and two on the passenger side. The comfortable front seats have plenty of space, but the rear seats are lacking when it comes to headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

There are two sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the Veloster's rear seats.

2015 Hyundai Veloster Features

The Veloster comes standard with quite a few technology features, including an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. Shoppers will appreciate the standard infotainment system's crisp graphics and intuitive layout. 

Available features include navigation and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system.

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2015 Hyundai Veloster Dimensions

Hyundai Veloster Cargo Space

There's 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 34.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. That's not a lot of space for a hatchback.

2015 Veloster Length and Weight

The 2015 Veloster is roughly 14 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from about 2,670 to 2,950 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Built?

Hyundai built the Veloster in South Korea.


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