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2014 Hyundai Veloster

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Review

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The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is a sleek coupe-like compact with a barely visible third door on its right-hand side. This unique feature allows easier entry and exit by rear-seat passengers without creating the family- sedan look imparted by many 4-doors. While the base car isn’t what we’d call quick, the turbocharged model punches performance into the hot- hatchback league, turning the Veloster into an entirely different animal. However, unlike the Volkswagen GTI or Subaru WRX, the Veloster keeps its price tag well within reason, leaving the showroom floor fully loaded for just over $26,000. Best of all, the Veloster comes with a bounty of standard equipment, and it’s EPA fuel-economy figures are more in line with a frugal econobox than a sporty head-turner.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your budget is limited to around $25K, but you want something smart, stylish and totally unique, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster delivers it in an affordable, fun and fuel-efficient package. You can even get a slick 6-speed manual transmission – an increasingly rare feature these days.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Despite its clever third door, those who regularly ferry passengers or pets won’t find the Veloster a very easy car to live with. The rear seats are cramped and the cargo bay isn’t very big. If you need room, sport and a vehicle with a bit more polish inside, the VW GTI or Ford Focus ST make better choices.

What's New for 2014

A new Turbo R-Spec trim is added. The R-Spec brings unique visual elements, a B&M short-throw shifter, red leatherette bolstered cloth seating, enhanced suspension and steering tuning, and the lowest price point in the Turbo lineup. New features for the Veloster Turbo include torque vectoring and Active Sound Design in-cabin sound enhancement, while automatic climate control is added to the options list. The base Veloster gains a rearview camera, a driver’s blind-spot mirror and daytime running lights.

Driving the Veloster
Driving Impressions

In the 2014 Hyundai Veloster, we find a car with a decidedly split personality. Opt for the base model, and you’ll get a comfortable ride, tepid acceleration, great fuel economy,...

... and an incredibly low price. Spend a bit more for the Turbo and you get a car that loves to sprint, tackles turns without complaint and still manages descent EPA fuel economy ratings. Usually, a front-drive car with 201 horsepower would suffer from some sort of torque steer, but happily, none is present in the Veloster. We love that Hyundai offers a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission on both trims, although we know a majority of drivers will opt for the excellent automatic with manual shift control and a Sport mode for swifter acceleration. Though we truly like this car it does have some weak spots, namely a cramped interior and a large blind spot created by the horizontal beam bisecting the rear hatch.

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
The Veloster’s twin-scroll turbocharged engine turns this simple commuter car into a GTI chaser for sure. More impressive is that the added power doesn’t come at the expense of fuel economy.

EASY-TO-USE CONTROLS
The Veloster’s interior design shows a sense of intelligence sometimes lacking in other cars. Controls are simple to use and easy to reach, with minimal touch-screen operations limited mostly to the navigation and audio functions.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Details
Interior

Techy but tasteful are the operative words here. At front and center in the cabin is a standard 7-inch touch screen that acts as the command center for all things audio or, if so optioned, the easy-to-read navigation system. The front seats offer good comfort and support for this class, but taller passengers will likely find the two back seats cramped. With 15.5 feet of space, the rear cargo area can easily swallow luggage, and the back seats fold to accommodate larger items. Turbo versions receive unique accents and leather seating, with the driver’s seat featuring lumbar support.

Exterior

With a long and low profile, large wheel arches and a sloping roof, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster stands out from the automotive crowd. Both versions have twin tailpipes, but those on the Veloster Turbo are larger and circular. The more potent Turbo is further differentiated by a gaping trapezoidal grille opening, foglights and ground effects. Naturally-aspirated versions ride on 17-inch wheels and Veloster Turbos have 18-inch alloys with chrome inserts. Perhaps the Veloster’s most defining feature is its third door, on the right rear for access to the rear seating area. Buyers who opt for the $1,000 Matte Gray must sign a disclosure basically saying it requires extra care, including hand-washing.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

2014 Veloster models are well-equipped, with a 7-inch multimedia touch screen, rearview monitor, cabin air filter, 6-way driver seat with height adjustment and Internet radio-ready AM/FM/satellite/CD system with 196 watts and six speakers. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system offers access service and infotainment features, and can alert an owner if whoever is driving goes beyond a certain speed or designated perimeter. A 6-month trial is included, with a subscription offered thereafter.

Optional Equipment

Major options for the 2014 Veloster are bundled into two packages: Style and Tech, each costing around $2,000. And, it must be noted, to get the Tech Package you also must purchase the Style option. The Style Package adds a panoramic sunroof, 450-watt 8-speaker audio system and leatherette surfaces. The Tech Package includes a navigation system, proximity key and push-button start, backup warning sensors, automatic headlights and a convenient 115-volt outlet to power electronics. The well-equipped Veloster Turbo models are offered with just one available option group, the $2,500 Ultimate Package, which adds automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, navigation and other features.

Under the Hood

Standard 2014 Velosters have a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower. With this engine, the revs need to be held higher to keep the power at an adequate level for spirited driving or passing. Much more satisfying in this car is the twin-scroll turbocharged version; while the displacement is the same, that small engine is able to churn out 201 horsepower, more than enough to move the lightweight Veloster with enthusiastic quickness.

Hyundai Veloster
1.6-liter inline 4
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm,
132 horsepower with automatic transmission
123 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
120 lb-ft of torque with automatic transmission
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 mpg (manual), 28/36 mpg (automatic)

Hyundai Veloster Turbo
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
201 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/33 mpg (manual), 24/31 mpg (automatic)

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 112 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Great fun little car!

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: lease ended

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I drove the Veloster Turbo for 3 years. It's a good size car if you're the only person driving in it (which was perfect for my needs). You can't fit adults in the back seats unless they are petite adults, and my 6 ft husband was too big to comfortably fit in the passenger seat. The only downside to the car is that I found it hard to get in and out of the car, and it has poor rear visibility. The cargo space is enough to fit groceries, but sometimes I wished it was a bit bigger. I like that it's zippy and fun to drive, and can accelerate quickly when you need to. I like that it has a sporty body style. You can definitely feel all the bumps in the road, I would't call it a smooth ride but it didn't bother me. When I first got the car there was an issue with one of the speakers, but the dealership fixed it for free. I never had any mechanical problems."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I LOVE THIS CAR

By on Friday, June 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "good design, good price, delux features"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Awesome features for a great price. Amazing design and surprisingly bigger than you expect. The gas mileage is so good. I love this purchase and everyday i fall more and more inlove with this car."

Totally Sucks

By on Sunday, June 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Looks"

Cons: "Bad ride. Hard to keep clean. Really bad ride."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car may look good but it really isn't worth the money. I've had this car for almost 3 yrs and think almost every day I wish I had not purchased it."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

So Far a Very Good First Car

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, Good MPG, Cheaper than its rivals"

Cons: "Cheap Interior, lacks some performance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my first brand new car I have ever purchased and I gotta say, I am quite impressed (owned this car for 4 months now)! For the price you do get a lot for your money with the Turbo model. Now I've looked at the Focus ST, Fiesta ST, WRX, and the Golf GTI, this car is thousands cheaper and you basically get the same stuff as the competitors. Now engine performance isn't the best in this car, with a 0 to 60 time of about 6.7 seconds, which isn't bad by any means, but its still a little bit slower than its rivals, but I don't mind that at all to be honest, its quick for me! The 6 speed manual transmission with the sport short shifter is remarkably smooth, very satisfying to shift in this car. With my lead foot, I still manage 28 to 32 MPG, I can get about 300 miles on one tank of gas (13.2 Gallon tank)and the best part is that the Veloster only requires Regular 87 Octane, not Premium fuel like the others! In the bends, it handles remarkably well! A little body roll here and there but the side bolsters on the bucket seats keep you strapped in for the ride. I absolutely love the exterior styling, some may have different opinions on it, but this is a sharp looking car, I catch people all the time breaking their necks trying to look at this thing haha, I love it! Now here comes the downside to this car, the interior...now the heated leather bucket seats are AMAZINGLY comfortable, you get a A LOT of head room in the front (I'm almost 6 foot) but the back seats on the other hand are more for people who are shorter than 5' 8" so if you don't carry more than 2 passengers on daily basis your all set. The quality of the plastics used on the door handles could be better, it just has that cheapy feel to them. The dashboard as well feels extremely cheap. The leather wrapped steering wheel is a very nice touch, but its already wearing out after 4 months of ownership. The Dimension sound system isn't bad, I've heard worse and better than this system. I do love the 7 inch touch screen center display, with the Bluetooth connectivity so I can call while Im driving and listen to my music. Overall the interior is decent, VERY spacious but not that high in quality. Now every hatchback needs to be practical, and the Veloster is pretty good at it! Granted I have to fold the back seats down every time I go golfing to fit my clubs, but I was able to fit a decently large mini fridge with about 5 medium sized totes in the back no problem. Ride quality in this car is pretty darn good, its not too stiff, not to soft, its almost just right! To me this is the perfect highway cruiser, its so smooth on the highway. Overall this is a fantastic little car and so far I'm pretty satisfied with its performance and features (especially the standard back-up camera and the 7 inch touch screen center display) Definitely recommend this car to anyone!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Value Performance

By on Friday, April 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great looks, great stereo, respectable power"

Cons: "No key fob remote start or power seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my Veloster Turbo, it may not be the fastest of the pack in this segment, but it does a lot a things really well for a great price. The car looks awesome and is a blast to drive in normal day to day driving. My other car is a Camaro SS 6.2 Liter and I bought the Veloster as a second car to spare some mileage from my Camaro. Dollar for dollar, the Veloster Turbo is a great deal. I love the feel of the dual clutch automatic (feels like you are driving a stick) and the cabin sound for the exhaust note makes things even more fun when tooling around town. Yes, I wish it had a few more ponies under the hood, but 201 hp and 195 lbs of torque from a 1.6 liter motor is nothing to ignore. I am sure the next gen will offer the 2.0 liter turbo and give this little blaster a real shot at toppling over the GTI and Focus ST. Great job Hyundai!"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Amazing Car, Hefty but Sporty

By on Monday, March 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Unique look, lots features, Turbo is #1 Trim"

Cons: "Getting in/out, highly recommend some DIY-upgrade"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My new 2016 Turbo is an amazing car. The turbo is good and does make that "psshhht" sound roughly at 3000rpm or so. Great pick up. Suspension is not great on roads with a lot of holes and bumps but the ride is smooth everywhere else. Recommend K&N filter for easy boost in performance and sound and new BOV. **My favorite is the ECO button and seeing my MPG average on the highway for commuting, and turning off ECO a serious performance increase. **My least favorite is the bit of awkwardness getting in and out of the car and how tough the leather seats are (old car had cloth seats). You get used to it"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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