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2017 Hyundai Veloster Review

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster ranks in the lower third of the compact car class. It has a rough ride, lackluster handling, an underpowered base engine, and below-average safety scores for its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Generous list of standard features
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Weak base engine
  • Below-average safety score
  • Lackluster handling




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.4
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2017 Hyundai Veloster Overview

Is the 2017 Hyundai Veloster a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a below-average compact car that lags behind class rivals. On the plus side, its third door on the passenger side gives it added utility. It also has plenty of features and an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, the Veloster has a weak base engine, dull handling, and a rough ride. Although the Veloster’s stylish cabin has many soft-touch surfaces, it also has a substantial amount of hard plastics.

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How Much Is the 2017 Hyundai Veloster?

Based on 337 listings for the 2017 Hyundai Veloster, prices range from approximately $12,000 to $22,500. The average list price is $16,000. The price you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Hyundai Veloster Cost to Own?

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster's estimated five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $21,480, or roughly $4,300 per year. By comparison, five-year cost estimates for the 2017 Mazda3 are higher by about $1,000. Expect the 2017 Ford Focus to cost about $500 less over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Veloster?

The Veloster was fully redesigned for 2019 and has a starting MSRP of $18,500. Notably, the Veloster went on a hiatus for the 2018 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 2019 Veloster. A number of advanced safety features became available for the first time, including forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist. The Veloster also has a fresh design inside and out, as well as a new high-performance Veloster N trim with 275 horsepower.

Few new compact cars start lower than the 2017 Veloster’s average list price. For a couple hundred dollars more, you can opt for the highly ranked 2018 Kia Soul. It has a top-notch cabin, plenty of interior space, poised driving dynamics, and near-perfect safety scores. Its combination of quality and value made it our 2018 Best Compact Car for the Money.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Veloster Is Best?

The Veloster’s first generation spans the 2012 through 2017 model years, and there were few changes from year to year. If you want the best performance, you may be interested in the turbocharged engine introduced in the 2013 Veloster. A rearview camera became standard in the 2014 Veloster. For 2017, the Veloster gained standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission became available.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Hyundai Veloster?

The Veloster has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Hyundai Veloster Recalls

As of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 Veloster.

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Which Used Veloster Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Veloster comes in four trims: base, Turbo, Turbo R-Spec, and Value Edition. The Hyundai Veloster base trim is well-equipped with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, keyless entry, and alloy wheels.

However, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is a better choice because of its zippier turbocharged engine and quicker steering. It also comes with added features like an eight-speaker sound system, proximity key entry, push button start, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.

The Veloster Turbo R-Spec trim adds a sport-tuned suspension, a short-throw shifter, and sport seats with red accents. The Value Edition adds a panoramic sunroof and navigation.

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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 the highest rating of Good for roof strength, seat safety, and moderate overlap front crash safety. The Veloster earned the second-highest score of Acceptable in the side impact test, along with a Marginal (the second-lowest rating) in the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Hyundai Veloster hatchback a perfect overall rating of five out of five stars. The Veloster received five stars in the side impact test and four stars in the front and rollover crash tests.

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

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2017 Hyundai Veloster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Veloster or 2017 Mazda3?

The 2017 Mazda3 comes in sedan and hatchback body styles. The Mazda3 offers a roomier interior with upscale materials. While it has a below-average predicted reliability rating, the Mazda3 outshines the Veloster when it comes to performance. It delivers athletic handling and sharp steering, though it still provides a comfortable ride. Overall, the Mazda3 is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Veloster or 2017 Ford Focus?

The 2017 Ford Focus delivers a good mix of athletic driving dynamics and a comfortable ride. It has higher safety scores than the Veloster, but the Focus has a below-average predicted reliability rating. The Focus also has fewer standard features than the Veloster, but with a lower average price than the Hyundai, you can find a similarly equipped Focus model for about the same price or less. The Ford Focus seats five, and hatchback models have more rear-seat legroom and cargo space than the Veloster. Between these two vehicles, the Focus is the one to go for.

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2017 Veloster Performance

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Veloster Drive?

The Veloster comes standard with a 132-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available with the base engine. Turbo models come with a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine, along with the six-speed manual gearbox or an available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

At highway speeds, the Veloster’s base engine feels underpowered. The turbocharged engine is more engaging and has no turbo lag, getting you up to highway and passing speeds with ease. The Veloster is fine for city and day-to-day driving, but it has a harsh ride and lackluster handling.

Does the 2017 Hyundai Veloster Get Good Gas Mileage?

The non-turbo Veloster with the automatic transmission returns 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 with the manual transmission).

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2017 Veloster Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Veloster Seat?

The three-door Hyundai Veloster seats four on standard cloth upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob also come standard, along with a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available, along with red leatherette seat bolsters and door inserts.

The front and rear seats are comfortable and supportive, with good legroom. However, there may not be enough headroom for some taller people. Rear-seat headroom is also limited because of the Veloster’s sloping roofline.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Hyundai Veloster?

The Veloster has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the vehicle’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use, noting that some of the anchors are hard to find.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Features

The Hyundai Veloster comes standard with a 7-inch display, a rearview camera, satellite radio, HD Radio, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and keyless entry.

Available features include push-button start, a proximity key, an audio system with eight-speakers and a subwoofer, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, and the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system.

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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2017 Hyundai Veloster Dimensions

Hyundai Veloster Cargo Space

There is 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Veloster’s rear seats, expanding to 34.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s rather small for a hatchback.

2017 Veloster Length and Weight

The Hyundai Veloster is around 13.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,679 to 2,855 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Hyundai Veloster Built?

Hyundai built the 2017 Hyundai Veloster in South Korea.


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