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2019 Hyundai Veloster Review

The fully redesigned 2019 Hyundai Veloster places near the middle of our compact car rankings. It has playful handling, easy-to-use technology, and comfortable seating, but some of its interior materials are low-grade.

Pros & Cons

  • Supportive seats
  • User-friendly cabin tech
  • Above-average cargo capacity
  • Nimble handling
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Poor fuel economy

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.9
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Hyundai Veloster a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Veloster is good used car. This compact hatchback delivers a smooth ride and has ample power under its hood. It also offers adult-friendly seating in the first row and a solid amount of cargo space. The Veloster’s most eye-catching feature is its three-door configuration. The passenger side has two doors, while the driver’s side has a coupe appearance with just a single door. This makes it easier for the driver to enter and exit, but if you ferry around passengers on a regular basis, this may not be your cup of tea.

Class rivals like the 2019 Honda Civic are more fuel-efficient than this Hyundai, and competitors like the 2019 Volkswagen GTI have more rear-seat space.

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We’ve analyzed 22 Hyundai Veloster reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Does the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Cost to Own?

The 2019 Veloster’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $24,100, or $4,820 per year. That’s slightly below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Hyundai Veloster: What's the Difference?

Nissan didn't produce the Veloster for 2018, but the previous model, the 2017 Veloster, is vastly different from the fully redesigned 2019 model. The redesigned Veloster has a stronger base engine, a nicer interior, and more cargo space than models from the previous generation. Additionally, Nissan added forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring to the 2019 Veloster's standard features list.

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Here are the key changes for the Hyundai Veloster over the last few years:

  • 2016: Rally Edition trim introduced; seven-speed dual-clutch transmission became available
  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: no model produced
  • 2019: completely redesigned

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Veloster and 2017 Veloster reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH Recall Date: 04/16/2019
  • Summary: Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2019 Veloster vehicles. In certain side impact crashes, the driver's door latch housing and locking cable can become damaged, allowing the driver's side door to open.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 12438
  • Consequence: The door opening could result in occupant ejection or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
  • Remedy: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's side door latch assembly and lower channel, free of charge. The recall began June 17, 2019. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 183.
  • Dates of Manufacture: FEB 08, 2018 to JAN 29, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 183
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V311000

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Which Used Hyundai Veloster Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster comes in five trims: 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate. A performance-focused Veloster N model is also available. The base 2.0 trim is a solid pick thanks to its solid list of safety and technology features. You’ll have to opt for at least the Turbo R-Spec trim if you want a more potent turbocharged engine.

  • Hyundai Veloster 2.0: The base 2.0 trim comes with a 147-horsepower four-cylinder engine, front wheel drive, and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera.
  • Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium: The 2.0 Premium comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to most of the base trim’s features, the 2.0 Premium comes with cloth and synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, wireless device charging, automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
  • Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec: The R-Spec trim features a 201-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The R-Spec trim has most of the base trim’s features, as well as an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, and satellite radio.
  • Hyundai Veloster Turbo: The Turbo trim has most of the 2.0 Premium’s features and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
  • Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate: The Turbo Ultimate trim comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also has genuine leather upholstery, navigation, HD Radio, pedestrian detection, and a head-up display. Models with the automatic transmission also gain adaptive cruise control.
  • Hyundai Veloster N: The performance-enhanced Veloster N model features either a 250- or 275-horsepower turbo-four engine and a six-speed manual transmission. It also comes with front sport seats, a sport-tuned suspension system, and unique exterior styling. When it was new, it came with performance tires. These may or may not be on used models. You may also find a model with a limited slip differential.

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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, and Mitsubishi have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Veloster?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 Veloster a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests. Depending on the trim, the Veloster received either the second-highest rating of Acceptable or the lowest rating of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Veloster earned the highest rating of Superior for its standard and optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems, while the optional vehicle-to-pedestrian system received the second-highest rating of Advanced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the 2019 Veloster.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Hyundai Veloster or 2019 Honda Civic?

The 2019 Honda Civic is another worthwhile choice in the compact car class. Unlike the Veloster, the Civic comes in three body styles: coupe, sedan, and hatchback. It also has one of the most refined cabins in the class and gets great fuel economy estimates. Additionally, the Honda comes standard with more safety tech than the Hyundai, including adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and automatic high-beam headlights. On the flip side, the Veloster has a higher predicted reliability rating and a lower starting price than the Civic. Both are good cars, so you’ll have to decide which is more suitable for your needs.

Which Is Better: 2019 Hyundai Veloster or 2019 Volkswagen GTI?

The 2019 Volkswagen GTI will cost you a pretty penny, but it’s a better choice than the Veloster. Its base 228-horsepower turbo-four engine is much stronger than the Veloster’s base 147-horsepower four-cylinder. Plus, the VW’s standard sport-tuned suspension helps give the GTI better handling. Inside this four-door hatchback, you’ll find premium interior materials, comfortable adult-friendly seating in both rows, and even more cargo space than in the Veloster.

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2019 Veloster Performance

How Does the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Drive?

The Veloster’s athletic handling and precise steering help it deliver one of the most engaging rides in the compact car class. Its suspension system skirts the line between comfort and sportiness, with a smooth ride over uneven roads and a stable ride around corners.

This Hyundai's standard four-cylinder engine should satisfy most shoppers, but models with the available turbocharged engines are more powerful and offer quicker acceleration.

  • Base engine: 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder (2.0 and 2.0 Premium)
  • Available engines:
    • 201-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate)
    • 250- or 275-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Veloster N)
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed manual (2.0, R-Spec, Turbo Ultimate, and Veloster N); six-speed automatic (2.0 and 2.0 Premium); seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (Turbo and Turbo Ultimate)
Does the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Veloster gets decent gas mileage figures for a compact car. However, several class rivals, such as the 2019 Honda Civic, have better fuel economy.

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder: up to 27/34 mpg city/highway
  • 1.6-liter turbo-four: up to 28/34 mpg
  • 2.0-liter turbo-four: up to 22/28

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2019 Veloster Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Veloster Seat?

The 2019 Veloster seats up to four people. The front seats are comfortable and offer ample space, while side bolstering helps keep occupants in place when cornering. The rear seats are a bit cramped, however, so adults probably won’t want to sit back there for long. It will be easier for rear passengers to enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side since that side has its own rear door. The driver’s side has a single coupelike door that requires the driver’s seat to be pushed up for rear-seat access. In addition, the Veloster’s excessive use of hard plastics makes its interior less refined than some class rivals.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • Cloth and synthetic leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Genuine leather upholstery
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2019 Veloster has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The system is fairly user-friendly, but the upper tethers are hard to find, and the lower anchors are too deep in the seats.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Features

The standard infotainment system is easy to operate and features intuitive menus and well-arranged touch and physical controls. The only negative is that the touch screen sometimes responds slowly to user inputs.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, wireless device charging, navigation, and HD Radio
  • Other available features: push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and automatic climate control

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Dimensions       

Hyundai Veloster Cargo Space

The Veloster has one of the largest cargo areas in the compact car class. There’s 19.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 44.5 cubic feet with the back row folded down. However, this Hyundai’s cargo opening is narrow.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Length and Weight
  • Length: about 13 feet, 12 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,701 to 3,117 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,748 to 4,079 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Built?

Hyundai built the 2019 Veloster in South Korea.

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