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2016 Hyundai Veloster Review

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster ranks near the bottom of the compact car class, due to its weak base engine, firm ride quality, tight rear seats, and lower-than-average safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Easy-to-use touch screen
  • Punchy available turbo engine
  • Weak standard engine
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Firm ride quality

New for 2016

  • Rally trim debuts with stiffer suspension
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission now available




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.4
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2016 Hyundai Veloster Overview

Is the 2016 Hyundai Veloster a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster offers a punchy turbocharged engine, decent fuel economy, and user-friendly tech features. But, ultimately, it’s not a great pick if you’re shopping for a used compact car. The Veloster only has four seats. On top of that, it offers marginal rear-seat and cargo space, and it has an uncomfortable ride over rough pavement. There are better – and sportier – hatchbacks in this class, including the 2016 Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf.

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How Much Is the 2016 Hyundai Veloster?

You can expect to pay between $10,900 and $18,000 for a used 2016 Veloster. These figures are based on 750 listings for the 2016 Hyundai Veloster on our site. The average price is $14,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Cost to Own?

The Veloster’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $21,700 – or $4,340 per year. That’s about average for the compact car class. In comparison, the sporty 2016 Subaru WRX has some of the highest five-year cost estimates in the class, at around $30,300.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Veloster?

Hyundai has fully redesigned the Veloster for the 2019 model year. While you can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used first-generation model (2012 to 2017), there are a few big reasons to opt for the new model. The 2019 Veloster has cleaner styling inside and out, and it’s offered with a number of advanced safety features that weren’t previously available, including forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist. A high-performance Veloster N model with 275 horsepower is also on the way, making this new Veloster a true hot hatchback.

On the other hand, you can save money while still buying new – if you’re OK with a different car. The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic starts at just $15,295. The subcompact Sonic offers a peppy, turbocharged engine and responsive steering. It’s also more comfortable to drive, and it’s available with more advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Hyundai Veloster?

The Veloster has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Recalls

As of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 Veloster.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Veloster Is Best?

Hyundai introduced the Veloster as a new model for 2012, and its first generation concluded with the 2017 model year. There were few changes to the Veloster over these years. The most substantial update arrived in 2013, with the introduction of the Veloster’s turbocharged engine. You can save money by shopping for 2013, 2014, and 2015 models, while still finding roughly the same features and performance as later 2016 and 2017 models.

An all-new Veloster arrives for the 2019 model year, and it offers fresh interior and exterior styling, a high-performance N model with 275 horsepower, and many advanced safety features.

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Which Used Veloster Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Veloster comes in four trims: base, Turbo, R-Spec, and Rally Edition. The Hyundai Veloster base trim has a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, and alloy wheels. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo adds a zippier turbocharged engine, leather seats, heated front seats, Blue Link connectivity, a Dimension sound system, and quicker steering. Both of these trims are available with a navigation system, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, and a sunroof.

The Veloster Turbo R-Spec trim adds a stiffer suspension, a short-throw shifter, and sport seats with red accents. The Rally Edition adds blue exterior paint and blue seat accents.

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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 Veloster a rating of Good (the highest offered) for roof strength, seat safety, and moderate overlap front crash safety. The Veloster earned an Acceptable rating (the second-highest score) in side impact safety and a Marginal rating (the second from the bottom) in 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.

All Veloster models have a rearview camera. Rear parking sensors are available. Most competitors offer more advanced safety features.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Veloster or 2016 Mazda3?

The 2016 Mazda3 hatchback is a far better used car pick 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 with better-quality materials, more cargo space, higher fuel economy (up to 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway), and more advanced safety features, like forward collision warning. That said, used Mazda3 hatchbacks are often pricier than used Velosters.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Veloster or 2016 Honda Civic?

The 2016 Honda Civic is a better pick than the Veloster. Great safety scores and a handsome interior make the Civic a fine choice for a daily driver, and there is plenty of passenger room no matter where you sit. The Civic also gets excellent gas mileage (up to 31/42 mpg city/highway), and its peppy engines and balanced handling make it more fun to drive than the Veloster. We named the Civic our 2016 Best Compact Car for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Veloster or 2016 Hyundai Elantra?

Neither the 2016 Hyundai Elantra nor 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 many of the same convenience features as the Veloster, and its GT hatchback variant offers a much larger cargo space. Used models are typically more affordable as well.

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2016 Veloster Performance

How Does the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Drive?

The Hyundai Veloster has two engine options: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower, and a turbocharged version of this engine with 201 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; six- and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions are available (sometimes referred to as “EcoShift”). The standard engine yields decent fuel economy but feels underpowered and poky. The turbocharged engine is far more refined, and it scoots the Veloster up to speed confidently with little turbo lag – though it’s not quite “hot-hatch” fast. The six-speed manual shifts cleanly, though the EcoShift dual-clutch transmissions can be clunky and hesitant to change gear at lower speeds.

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, especially with the stiffer R-Spec and Rally Edition suspension.

Does the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Veloster’s non-turbo engine gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway (or 27/34 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission), which is good for the compact car class. The turbo engine lowers these fuel economy ratings slightly to 26/32 mpg (25/33 mpg, manual).

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2016 Veloster Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Veloster Seat?

The Hyundai Veloster has four seats and a unique three-door layout. There’s one door on the driver’s side and two on the passenger side to provide easier access to the rear seats. The front seats are comfortable and have generous lateral support. This is especially true of the available sport seats. The rear seats are comfy as well, but headroom is tight for adults due to the coupelike roofline. Rear visibility is also slim. Cloth seats are standard; leather and heated seats are available. The Veloster’s cabin is attractively styled and echoes the car’s sporty exterior, though some of the interior plastics are hard and feel low-quality.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Hyundai Veloster?

The Veloster has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The IIHS gave the vehicle’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use, but it noted that some of the anchors are hard to find.

2016 Hyundai Veloster Features

All 2016 Veloster hatchbacks come standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, and support for Pandora internet radio. Available features include a navigation system and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics (allows owners to remotely lock/unlock their vehicle and call for help in an emergency). The Veloster’s audio and climate controls are user-friendly and conveniently arranged. The touch screen has a simple menu structure as well.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Dimensions

Hyundai Veloster Cargo Space

The Veloster has 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 34.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s rather small for a hatchback.

2016 Veloster Length and Weight

The Hyundai Veloster is 13.9 feet long and has a curb weight ranging from 2,679 to 2,877 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Built?

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster was built in South Korea.


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