2019 Hyundai Veloster

Interior


MSRP
$18,500
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2019 Hyundai Veloster Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The redesigned 2019 Veloster looks nicer inside than the outgoing model, but there are still plenty of hard plastics throughout the interior. This leads to a somewhat low-rent feeling, and several rivals provide a more upscale feel. The front seats are comfortable and roomy. The rear seats are not overly spacious, but they can accommodate adults for short trips. Cargo space is good for the class, and the infotainment system is user-friendly.

  • "Some cabin plastics are hard and look cheap, especially the panels on the upper half of the doors, exactly where you'd rest an arm with the windows down during a sunny summer drive." -- Autoblog
  • "A lot of the materials used on the interior of the Veloster, on all trims, were very disappointing. The greatest offense is the large, visibly nice but incredibly hard plastic piece that runs up the passenger side of the dashboard. It leaves the passenger with no comfortable place to rest their knee, especially if they're taller. It was a problem even on the Turbo Ultimate, which is as optioned as you can get." -- Jalopnik
  • "Materially, the interior is a huge improvement over the old Veloster's. Hard plastic still abounds, but it's grained nicely and is impeccably assembled. Simple and clear white-on-black gauges and Hyundai's ubiquitous touchscreen infotainment system blend into the straightforward, restrained cabin design. Each of the five trim levels is identifiable by different upholstery and pops of color on its seats and dashboard." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The Veloster seats four people and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats.

This Hyundai features a setup you won't find in any class rivals; it has one door on the driver's side and two doors on the passenger side. It is relatively easy to get into the back seat – as long as you enter from the correct side.

The Veloster's front seats provide ample space and comfort, and the side bolstering does a good job of keeping you in place around turns. The rear seats are tighter than those in the front, but you can still fit two adults in the back on short trips.

  • "Weirdness doesn't beget a super-cramped interior, thankfully. There's ample room up front, and thanks to the placement of various cut lines and trim pieces, I feel like I have a space all my own as the driver. The second row is a bit cozier – at 6 feet tall, my hair ever so slightly brushes the headliner and my knees are only about an inch from the front row, but it feels roomier than before, if only barely." -- CNET
  • "Seating is also surprisingly comfortable for a sporty hatchback. The front seats are heavily bolstered to keep you in place without being too tight. The back seat, though not large by any stretch, can sit two people for quick trips." -- Boston Globe
  • Inside, passenger space remains relatively status quo. There's a bit less leg room to be found in the back, but rear seat head room and front leg room have seen subtle boosts. It's worth pointing out, too, that that tiny, 'hidden' second door on the right side of the Veloster is as useful as it is unusual, allowing for unfettered access to the rear seat without the need to fold anything forward." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

Standard features in the Veloster include keyless entry, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, and a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include a sunroof, automatic climate control, push-button start, a proximity key, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless phone charging, Blue Link Connected Services, navigation, and an 8-inch touch screen.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera. Available features include a head-up display, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

The Veloster provides a well-organized center stack. The controls are logically arranged and easy to reach from the driver's seat. The infotainment system's touch screen responds slowly to inputs at times, but it has few other flaws. The menu layout is intuitive, and it doesn't take a lot of time to master the controls.

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  • "The overall control layout is logical and getting accustomed to the touchscreen infotainment is quick and painless. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard, a major plus point for tech-savvy car buyers in this segment." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside, the wheel buttons and dashboard are intelligently laid out, with physical knobs and tabs for all of the common-use infotainment needs like radio and navigation. The available eight-inch display is notably sluggish to the touch, but far from the worst system out there. And it comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (standard on every car), which makes things infinitely better once connected." -- Jalopnik
  • "Most importantly, the driver's space entertains the eye with plenty of easy-to-use controls and a visually-varied layout, lending the interior an expensive feel." -- Autoweek

Cargo

The Veloster provides 19.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 44.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Those are some of the highest totals among compact cars and hatchbacks. But though it's large, the cargo hold is somewhat tough to access due to the small rear hatch.

  • "Best of all, though, is the cargo compartment, where nearly 20 cubic feet of storage space between the seatbacks and the hatch push it past SUVs like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the Jeep Renegade in terms of practicality." -- New York Daily News
  • There's also the rear hatchback opening if you're flexible enough. Storage space behind the 60/40 rear seats is 19.9 cubic feet, which is more than a lot of competitors." -- Jalopnik
  • "The rear seat, which is easily accessed by the passenger-side rear door, is a 60-40 split design and folds flat which greatly increases the car's utility factor. Hyundai also boasts that the behind the backseat cargo capacity of 19.9 cubic feet is better that the other hatchbacks in its class as well as subcompact crossovers like the Toyota C-HR (19.0), Chevy Trax (18.7), Jeep Renegade (18.5) and Mini Clubman (17.5)." -- Kelley Blue Book
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