Hyundai Veloster Review

Hyundai has decided to completely revamped and remodel the Veloster model for 2019 and  it shows: the car has certainly arrived in style. The Veloster it is better looking, way more fun to drive and with new exciting features and functions. Just by taking a quick look at this second-generation 2019 Veloster you can really see that Hyundai went all-in with the eye-catching sleek exterior styling with and the gorgeous new colors and even an outstanding the two-toned option.  Furthermore, there’s a new strong engine and confident safety scores, the only thing that hasn’t changed is the Veloster’s body style with its unique three-door configuration. Now, let’s get deeper into the review. 

The Pros

  • Great turbocharged engine
  • The 3-door layout
  • Stylish exterior
  • Modern color choices
  • Highly satisfactory seating comfort
  • Solid value for money
  • Sufficient cargo space
  • Improved handling 

The Cons

  • Unexciting interior materials quality
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • No AWD
  • Rough ride quality
  • Not a very roomy cabin 

Hyundai Veloster Overview

Hyundai Veloster

The 2019 Veloster is definitely a great value car. Starting at just around 18,5K for the lower-level trim, it is a highly affordable exiting vehicle. The Veloster has kept the much-praised uncommon body style which makes the Voloster  look like a sports car with just a single door from the drivers side, with a standard two-door option for entry to the back seat available only from the passenger’s side. But, aside from that, a lot of things have changed, most for the better. First and foremost, there’s the significant style overhaul, inside and out. Secondly, Hyundai has gone for a multi-link independent rear suspension that offers better handling. Thirdly, there’s the awesome and powerful new 2.0-liter inline-4 engine on the bottom two trims. Fourthly, the steering response has definitely gotten much better. And last but not least, this year you’ll find more safety tech on the Veloster.

Overall, the Veloster is undoubtedly a smart choice, especially given its price point. The 2019 Veloster comes in 6 trims: base, Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Ultimate and the very upscale Veloster N that is in its own class, whit different style and its own boosted to the max engine.  

Exterior

It is a very attractive car, a very contemporary and stylish hatchback. The second-gen car looks more aggressive and sporty. The new design is highlighted by a bold cascading grille. Then there’s the sculpted lower diffuser, dual exhaust tips, and new LED tail lights as well as the functional air curtains that add to the overall new muscular look. Furthermore, moving up on the trim levels you’ll be able to see a black roof on the Turbo Ultimate. The Veloster N is set far apart from all of the trims below with the front fascia, grille with brake-cooling ducts, rocker sills, ultra-high-performance tires a large rear spoiler, integrated diffuser, and high-flow dual exhaust. 

Interior

Interior of the Hyundai Veloster

Inside revamp and remodel is not as exciting as the exterior, though also on-point. The interior got a new pleasant color scheme, new comfy seats and overall a driver-centric cabin with everything within reach and easy to use. The front two seats definitely feel more supportive and offer just enough room for a comfortable ride. The HV seating provides a clear view of the road. Though there are clearly identifiable drawbacks – the cabin feels cramped in the back, the materials definitely aren’t on the cheap side, though could be better, especially the hard plastics that overwhelm the cabin. 

Performance

This year Hyundai has a couple of choices for you. The two lower trims are equipped with the new 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder base engine that  is capable of generating 147 hp, the three following trims have the turbocharged 4-cylinder 1.6-liter option with the 201 hp. And the Veloster N has the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder generating up to 250 hp. Behind the Veloster wheel, you will have the feel of a sports car, it is fun to drive, the transmission works well, and the best acceleration is on the Turbo trim that manages to reach the 60 mph in merely 6.3 sec. The steering feels precise and in control. Combined fuel economy is 28 MPG. 

Technology

It is a pretty satisfying standard lineup that includes all of the necessities:

  • USB
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands-Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry

Value

The Veloster pricing starts at 18 500 USD and you can expect to spend well over 30 000 USD for the top luxury trim.

Seats

The Veloster is a four-sealer. The seats are standardly upholstered with cloth and, of course, there is a quality leather choose available. The back seat can be accessed only from the passenger’s side in the Veloster. The heating is optional for the front two seats. 

Climate control

In the lower trims the cc can be set by using classic two-dial control and the upscale trims come with a very easy to use single-zone cc which is more than enough to control the temperature in such a small vehicle. 

Infotainment System

The 7-inch touchscreen IS is user-friendly and highly intuitive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are available. 

Storage and Space

The 2019 Veloster offers 19.9 cubic feet of cargo space and with both seats in the back folded you can actually boost the space to the pretty high numbers for a hatchback – 44.5 cubic feet. 

Comfort

Hyundai Veloster

The overall level of comfort is satisfactory. Though the back seat is a bit cramped and you will definitely feel that on the long rides. The seats feel supportive, climate control works as intended and the ride feels pleasantly stable. 

Seat comfort

The two front seats provide a better level of comfort; they are supportive and are well-shaped. The major seating drawback – seats come without adjustable lumbar. 

Ride comfort

Overall, a comfortable ride, you’ll feel at ease maneuvering through a buzzy city and on the highways. 

Quality

Ride feels easy and smooth, the revamped suspension “smooths-out” most of the bumps and cracks. The insulation could have been better, the noise will reach the mid-levels on the highways.  

Safety & Reliability

The IIHS ratings are overwhelmingly “Good” with a “Superior” mark for the “Front Crash Prevention”.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Veloster?

Yes, you should definitely take a long fun test-drive in a Veloster. 

How Much Does it cost?

18 500USD – 30 000 USD