2019 Hyundai Veloster review

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Hyundai Veloster highlights

Customer rating


  • Functional three-door body style
  • Enjoyable power from the optional turbo engine
  • Sporty handling


  • Base engine doesn't feel powerful enough
  • Only a handful of trims and options packages
  • No power seat adjustment

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 28 highway, 25 combined

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The Hyundai Veloster is a stylish vehicle with plenty to offer. More than the creative three-door configuration that made it famous, and even more than its modern and sporty hatchback design. Originally launched for the 2012 model year, the 2019 model features more power, style, and interior features. There are three engine choices—a base 2.0L engine and two turbos—one of which is reserved for the Hyundai Veloster N performance version.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster trims

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2.0 Base

  • A 2.0L four-cylinder engine is standard, as is a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

2.0 Premium

  • Standard equipment includes the 2.0L four-cylinder engine, keyless start, blind-spot monitoring, wireless smartphone charging, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, and 18-inch wheels.

Turbo R-Spec

  • Standard equipment includes a 1.6L turbo four-cylinder engine, LED headlights and taillights, a sport-tuned suspension, and alloy pedals.

Turbo DCT

  • Standard equipment includes the 1.6L turbo engine, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and more.

Turbo Ultimate

  • Along with the 1.6L turbo engine, standard equipment includes wireless smartphone charging, navigation, and a heads-up display.

Turbo N 2.0

  • Standard equipment includes a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder and a six-speed manual transmission. Also included are 18-inch wheels, sport seats, a sport instrument cluster, and electronic suspension.

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Hyundai Veloster

1. Unique and modern styling

Most people know about the Veloster's unique three-door configuration: two on the passenger side and one on the driver side. But the 2019 Hyundai Veloster is also known for its unique shape and style, as well. That design adds flair and character to its hatchback practicality and functional interior. From its sporty roofline to its aggressive grille and slim headlights, the Veloster looks ready for fun and function. Add to that a contrasting roofline for the 2019 turbo models, and the Veloster shows off its sporty side.

2. Fun-to-Drive experience

A multi-link suspension and stiff body structure give the 2019 Hyundai Veloster distinct handling capabilities. Add to that a firm (but comfortable) ride, and you might start looking for tight corners and twisty drives to try out on your daily commute—with two turbo engines to choose from, you're sure to have a fast and fun time doing so. There are the 1.6L four-cylinder turbo and the 2.0L turbo that comes with the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N. Those engines can be matched with a standard six-speed manual transmission, six-speed automatic, or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with the turbo.

3. Refined and comfortable interior

2019 Hyundai Veloster: Front Seats | CarMax

The crown jewel of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster's interior is the sizable infotainment touchscreen in the center stack. Seven-inches is standard while an eight-inch touchscreen is optional. There's also piano black trim and excellent interior materials. Up front, seats are ample and legroom measures 38.1 inches. Also, while base models offer cloth seats, the turbo DCT trim includes leather upholstery.

2019 Hyundai Veloster: Backseats | CarMax

4. Lots of tech features

2019 Hyundai Veloster: Tech Dash | CarMax

Technology is an important part of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster experience. Even on the base 2.0 trim, infotainment and connectivity features are numerous. There's Bluetooth®, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, and more. Performance tech includes drive settings as standard, while the automatic transmission features Normal, Sport, and Smart modes. Manual transmissions get Normal and Sport modes only.

5. Plentiful power options

2019 Hyundai Veloster: Engine | CarMax

The base model 2019 Hyundai Veloster is slightly more powerful than the previous model years. The 2.0L four-cylinder engine is rated at 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque—15 horsepower more than the 2017 model. And power options don't stop at the base model; the 2019 Hyundai Veloster also offers two turbocharged engines: a 1.6L turbo four-cylinder engine, making 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque and a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder that generates 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, exclusive to the 2019 Veloster N.

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If you're looking for engaging driving dynamics, check out the sport-styled 2017-2019 Honda Civic. Choose from three body types: sedan, two-door coupe, or hatchback. Stay in control with an available six-speed manual transmission, or enjoy the smooth ride of the continuously variable transmission. When equipped with the optional turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine, the 2017-2019 Honda Civic gets an impressive EPA-estimated 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.

The Touring trim on the 2017-2019 Honda Civic adds heated rear seats, leather seating, a 450-watt sound system, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids.

You'll get many in-demand features standard on a 2017-2019 Honda Civic, including:

  • LED daytime running lights

  • Four-speaker audio system

  • Multi-angle rearview camera

  • Automatic climate control

  • Bluetooth audio streaming

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.3 out of 5

6 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Veloster an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Hyundai Veloster 30th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Hyundai Veloster features and specs

Turbo 2WD 3D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Infinity Sound System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Leatherette & Cloth

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 42.6"/R 34.1"

Head room

F 36.9"/R 35.9"

Front tires


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Color options

Exterior colors

  • Chalk White

  • Phantom Black

  • Racing Red

  • Sonic Silver

  • Sunset Orange

  • Thunder Gray

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