2020 Hyundai Veloster


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2020 Hyundai Veloster Interior Review


Interior: 7.8

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster features quite a few hard plastics, but it has one of the largest cargo areas in the class, its infotainment system is easy to use, and its front seats provide plenty of room and support. The Veloster's rear seats could use some extra space, but adults should be fine in the back for quick outings.

  • "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 (2019)
  • Hard plastic dominates the interior, as only the armrests are padded, though a two-tone color combination is offered that provides a classier look." -- Consumer Guide (2019)
  • "The seats and ergonomics are generally good for this class of car." -- Edmunds (2019)


The Veloster stands out with its unique three-door setup. The passenger side features two doors, while the driver's side features one. It has comfortable front seats with supportive side bolstering, and while the rear seats are tight, adults should feel OK back there during short commutes. Additionally, critics claim that it's easy for rear passengers to move in and out of the Veloster as long they come in through the passenger-side rear door.

Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat are standard, while heated front seats, mixed cloth and synthetic leather upholstery, and genuine leather upholstery are available. The rear seats provide two sets of LATCH car-seat connections for installing child safety seats.

  • "Although it looks like a cramped, low-slung coupe, the Veloster is actually quite accommodating, with plenty of room up front and a small, but a usable rear seat." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • "While it’s fairly easy to get in and out through the passenger-side rear door – which hinges at the front like a 'normal' door – it’s really difficult to get in back through the lone driver-side door because the driver seat does not automatically slide forward when the seatback is released (as you would do to enter the rear seat); it can only be moved forward with the normal seat controls." -- Consumer Guide (2019)

Interior Features

Critics praise the infotainment system for being logically arranged, and its inclusion of both a touch screen and physical controls make it easy to operate. The only minor downside you'll notice is that the touch screen can be slow to respond at times.

There's also no shortage of intuitive technology in the Veloster's cabin. It comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless phone charging, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, Blue Link Connected Services, automatic climate control, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry.

  • "The high level of standard in-car tech is easy to access and use." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Hyundai has resisted the trend towards huge touch screens controlling all functions, and does a masterful job of blending traditional buttons and switches for the climate control and sound systems." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "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 (2019)


This hatchback offers one of the largest cargo areas in the class. There's 19.9 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats and 44.5 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The only caveat to the Veloster's cargo area is its narrow hatch opening.

  • With its funky three-door arrangement, the Veloster makes curbside passenger and cargo loading easy. Just make sure to duck since it's still essentially a low-roof coupe. The large hatch opening is deep but narrow. The rear seats fold down for even more space." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space is generous at 19.9 cu ft., and that's before the rear seats are folded down." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
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