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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 105 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Going Strong

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought my 2015 Veloster Turbo April of '15, the car has been flawless ever since. I change the oil with the synthetic about a thousand before its due, the air filter is a drop in K&N, that's it. No modifications just nice and factory like. The car is fun to drive, its got zip,the fuel efficiency is awesome, and with the ecodrive on its even better, minus the power and zip. Ecodrive is probably best engaged on the highway. The stock stereo pumps the tunes nicely, the factory sub woofer bumps nicely. I find the seats and the steering sexy, heated steering wheel and seats are divine for my wife and I, the winters in Toronto are cold. The panoramic roof is luxurious we love it. The Nav is spot on. The sound of the car is sweet, no straight pipes necessary. Great value for the styling, power, and technology."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Worst car i have ever owned./lemon

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Good gas thats it."

Cons: "everything els."

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

"I got this car in 2012. it has been nothing but trouble. Its been in the shop 6 times in 3 years, this last time it was in the shop for 7 1/2 weeks. here was what was wrong with it this time. 1) transmission went out. 2) on board computer. 3) fuse's 4) shifter system. 5) junction box for the wiring."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this car more every day

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500

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: "MPGzzzzzzz, options, safety"

Cons: "None I can think of."

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

"I have owned my 6-speed Veloster (a.k.a Veloceraptor) since new (1.5 yrs). This is a really fun car to drive, the steering feels great - like you are connected to the road. I get incredible gas mileage commuting 65 miles a day. Just drove from GA to VA and back and I averaged 40mpg the whole trip. Also the cars comes loaded with options (even base model) and is one of the safest compact cars on the road because its loaded with airbags. I think it turns into a marshmellow if wrecked. Anyway...love the car and would recommend to anyone."

18 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Wished I Hadn't.....

By on Monday, September 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive... sometimes...."

Cons: "Slow, no power,"

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

"Never again will I buy a first model year car. I picked up a 2012 model shortly after the local dealer got them in stock, and I was happy with it for about the first three months and then things started going downhill. The key fob stopped working so I got it re-linked with the car, and then it failed again and it wasn't under warranty, the Bluetooth connectivity is very hit or miss, 5th gear in the car makes absolutely ZERO power... check engine light came on right around 20,000 miles even though all routine maintenance was meticulously performed, etc etc. Battery failed shortly after that, then the starter was replaced as well. I won't go so far as to call this car a lemon, but it's pretty close. I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone."

6 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Not as advertised

By on Friday, September 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,200

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Its cute"

Cons: "low HP,low mpg,"

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

"We bought this car as a strictly commuter car. 21 miles one way with 19 of it being interstate. They advertised 40 mpg hwy. It gets 32 with a very conservative driver. They then issue a rebate card for 1 cent per mile every year of ownership. The car is limited on HP at 134. Its biggest asset is its cute and different."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Excellent all round 2015 Turbo

By on Saturday, September 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great value , fun to drive and good cargo space"

Cons: "It's taken me a while to learn to park it"

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

"I love everything about this car, my girlfriend drives a 128 BMW and finds it similar to drive, she would rather drive my car than hers. The car really hangs on in corners, no body roll, precise steering, motor, body and brakes feel strong, good performance on regular gas."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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