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2015 Hyundai Veloster Review

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The 2015 Hyundai Veloster offers up the looks of a 2-door with the practicality of a 4-door. It pulls this off by literally offering both. The driver's side features a single long door, while the passenger's side has two smaller ones to let rear-seat passengers get in and out more easily. The good news is that this asymmetrical design doesn't make the Veloster look odd, in fact, its sporty hatchback shape is eye-grabbing for all the right reasons. It can back up its sporty looks, too, thanks to an available 201-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Best of all, the Veloster offers up plenty of features, style, fuel economy and performance at a price that seriously undercuts competitors like the Volkswagen Golf or Subaru WRX.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster targets sporty-minded buyers on a limited budget. If you have about $25,000 to spend, but don't want the same humdrum compacts you see coming and going, the slick looking Veloster could be the ticket.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Even with the clever third door, the Hyundai Veloster isn't exactly a paragon of passenger hauling. If you regularly carry rear-seat passengers, or just have a big dog you like to take with you, you might be better served by something like a VW Golf or Ford Focus.

How It Ranks

#2

out of 2

Fuel Economy

#2

out of 2

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Consumer Rating

7.7 out of 10
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2015 Hyundai Veloster Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

After the introduction of a turbocharged model and the sharp-looking RE:FLEX model, the Veloster carries over with only a handful of changes. Automatic climate control is now part of the Technology package, and the Style package adds 18-inch wheels.

Driving the Veloster
2015 Hyundai Veloster Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2015 Hyundai Veloster comes in two versions. First is the base model Veloster, which offers up a comfortable ride, very good fuel economy, and a low price, all wrapped...

... in a sporty body. While fun-looking, the meager acceleration from the engine doesn't quite meet the expectations of the styling, nor does the handling. However, if you're looking for more of both, there's the Veloster Turbo. With a 201-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine connected to an available 6-speed manual transmission, the Turbo definitely ups the sporting ante. While not quite as much fun to drive as a Volkswagen GTI or Ford Focus ST, the Veloster Turbo holds its own, and does so at a price that undercuts those two by thousands. If shifting your own isn't your thing, there's a solid dual-clutch 6-speed automatic available. While we like the Veloster, we can't ignore shortcomings like the cramped interior and poor rearward visibility.

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
The Veloster could've been all show and no go, which makes us appreciate the available turbocharged engine that much more. While definitely turning the Veloster R-Spec and Turbo into a GTI chaser, the added power doesn't come at the expense of fuel economy.

EASY-TO-USE CONTROLS
The Veloster boasts an interior that manages to pack in a lot of features while still being easy to use. The controls are simple to use and easy to reach, with minimal touch-screen operations limited mostly to the navigation and audio functions.

2015 Hyundai Veloster Details
2015 Hyundai Veloster Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The Veloster's interior is as tasteful as it is high-tech. The 7-inch touch screen is the audio and, if so equipped, navigation command center. Up front are comfortable seats for average sized adults, although a tall driver will be short on headroom. That goes double for the cramped back seats, which are clearly meant for occasional use. Cargo space behind the rear seats is fine, and they fold down for even more. The Veloster RE:FLEX adds touches like piano-black accents and leather seats, making it the only non-Turbo Veloster available with leather. Turbos get red accents and R-Spec badges inside.

Exterior
2015 Hyundai Veloster photo

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster stands out from the crowd thanks to its long and low profile, large wheel arches and a sloping roof. Turbo versions pump up the visual volume with a huge grille, standard fog lights, available red exterior accents, and larger twin tailpipes. The RE:FLEX model splits the difference, offering many of the Turbo's style touches, like LED accents in the headlights. However, all Veloster models share the most defining feature of this sporty hatchback, namely that passenger-side extra door. An available matte-gray paint requires buyers to sign a waiver explaining its special care, including hand washing.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like most Hyundais, the 2015 Veloster comes nicely equipped. There's the 7-inch multimedia touch screen that includes a rearview monitor, a 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, parents looking to spoil their kids with a new car will be happy to know the Veloster can alert them if the car goes beyond a certain speed or designated perimeter. A 6-month trial is included, with a subscription offered thereafter.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2015 Veloster get bundled into Style and Technology packages. However, to get Technology you also have to get Style. The Style package adds a panoramic sunroof, 450-watt 8-speaker audio system and leatherette surfaces. To that, the Technology package adds a navigation system, proximity key and push-button start, backup warning sensors, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, and a convenient 115-volt outlet to power electronics. The RE:FLEX model adds many of the Style package elements, such as piano-black interior accents, plus leather seats. Veloster Turbo models offer just an Ultimate Package, bundling the sunroof, climate control and navigation.

Under the Hood
2015 Hyundai Veloster Engine photo

The standard 2015 Hyundai Veloster and the RE:FLEX model come with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 138 horsepower. You won't win many races with this engine, although there is a bit of a surge in power at higher revs. However, if you're trying to stretch the time between visits to the pump, this little engine is just the ticket. If you want something to back up the Veloster's sporty looks, you'll definitely want the Turbo. With its twin-scroll turbocharged version of the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, the 201 horsepower is plenty powerful enough to move the lightweight Veloster with enthusiastic quickness.

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)

2015 Hyundai Veloster prices are very reasonable. The base Veloster starts at $18,700, including destination, when you get the manual transmission. The 6-speed automatic adds $1,250. The RE:FLEX comes only with the automatic and starts at $22,600, while the Veloster R-Spec is the cheapest way to get a turbo at $22,300, or you can go with the Veloster Turbo for $23,300 – add $1,000 for the automatic transmission here. The Veloster's prices compare favorably with competitors like the Volkswagen Golf, GTI and Beetle, Honda CR-Z, Mini Cooper and Scion tC, undercutting them by hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Be sure and check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2015 Hyundai Veloster. Resale values for the Veloster are expected to be good over a 5-year period, but not as high those for a Mini Cooper.

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2015 Hyundai Veloster Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 89 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

We love it!

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks great, handles nice, great on gas"

Cons: "Bad blinds spots, a litte hard to get out of"

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

"We drove a 2013 Hyundai Veloster as a rental car a few years ago, and liked it so much we decided to purchase a brand new 2015 Veloster SE a few years later. We have not regretted it so far! The bad first: #1 - Blind spots are a bit small, the back windows are basically tiny triangle slivers. #2 - Slightly low to the ground and hard to get out of. We are in our early 30's so this is not a big deal for us, but if you are an elderly person this is not a car for you. #3 - Not a ton of back seat space. However, we don't have kids, so this really isn't an issue for us. The good stuff: #1 - We LOVE the look of this car. Super stytlish and youthfull. #2 - It has pep! Especially when you use the Duel Clutch. The flappy paddles are fun to use too. #3 - Extremely fuel efficient. I drove it about 600km up north and back within the first 2 months that we bought it and I got 5.6 L / 100kms. #4 - The tech. A lote of people on this review site seem to complain about the tech on this car (radio, speakers, bluetooth, etc), but we love all of these features! I can only assume that either the tech got better in 2015 (most of the review are from 2013-2014) or that those people were unlucky and got duds. So far we've had no problems. My friend works at Hyundai in Niagara Falls and he says that he rarely ever sees Velosters come in for repair, but when he does it's usually sound system issues. #5 - Great service and a great warentee! Overall great car :)"

Get little car especially with the Turbo, r flex

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,750

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
9/10

Pros: "Fun, quick car, great handleing"

Cons: "Probably not a winter car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I just purchased this little gem. I drive a lot and wanted something with good gas mileage and some fun. The best I can say is the six speed manual is quick and a blast. Handling is really tight. I drive many two lane roads with curves and hills, I enjoy my ride every day. When I have to pass something big and slow, I know it will only take a few seconds. Technology included is also nice especially the back up camera and hands free features. I have two daughters, they do not mind riding in the back seat. They have enough room to relax and they love the car too. Glad I bought it, it aggravates the x wife too. That's just a bonus feature. Love it"

not very practical, just very cool

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "mpg, fun to drive, great power for small engine"

Cons: "turbo lag, no power seats, no spare tire"

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

"This car is just plain fun to drive. The turbo is a bit laggy and there is no reason to use the eco button as it causes a delay in shift time with little to no mpg payoff. Handling is pristine, I can't imagine how much more improved the rspec is, I don't think it matters unless you plan on racing. The downside of such a light car in winter is that it bombs in the snow. It just can't clamp down when snow is too deep or slushy, so I had to greatly adjust to what was otherwise familiar conditions. Inside, it's like a playground, with every tech desired, and the blue ambient lighting theme throughout the cabin and in the gauges are reminiscent of something in a sci-fi movie. Not to mention the push button ignition: safer, more convenient (my keys never leave my pocket), and spaceship like. The big mystery to me is the third door that is of no real value: an adult can barely fit through it and it screws with the symmetry of the car. The only advantage I can see is that it gets rid of what would have been a massive blind spot, so is it strategy or style? Also, there are heated seats but not power seats, really?? I was sceptical about cargo space, but the area is so deep that it makes up for lack of length, so groceries don't have to invade the rear seating area. That being said, they could have sacrificed some of the space and put a real spare tire In there, they said it made it lighter and improved mpg...whatever. I got this car on a lease, but no way am I giving it back. Best little car I have ever had."

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