The 2018 Hyundai Veloster remains unchanged, but significant changes are in the works for the 2019 model. For 2018, the Hyundai Veloster continues to be an okay, subcompact hatchback. It will have the same good looks and mediocre interior, ride, and reliability. Its best feature is its easy-to-use infotainment system.
Does the Veloster get good gas mileage?
Yes, the Veloster is fuel efficient. In the city, you can reasonably expect to get 25 to 28 mpg. On the highway, the Veloster gets 33 to 35 mpg.
Is a new Veloster expensive?
A brand new Veloster has a base MSRP of $18,100 for the lowest trim level. The highest trim level starts out at $22,600. Hyundai is also offering a nice $3,250 Bonus Cash deal right now, which brings the price down by quite a bit. You have to buy a 2017 Veloster before November 30 to get this deal.
What trim levels are available for the Veloster?
Four different trims are available for the Veloster. You can buy a base Veloster, a Veloster Value Edition, a Veloster Turbo R-Spec or a Veloster Turbo. The estimated net price for the base Veloster is only $14,850 after you deduct the Bonus Cash.
Is the Veloster a two-seater?
No, the Hyundai Veloster has room for four, including the driver. The back seat isn't roomy by any standards, though. It does have a door to get into the back seat, which makes it easier to access. The Veloster is an odd duck in this respect. It has three doors. There is a driver and passenger door for the front but only one door to get into the back seat. Hyundai calls it a four-door, which it is when you count the hatchback as a door.
What kind of engine and transmission does the Veloster have?
The Veloster has two different engine options. The base Veloster trim and the Veloster Value Edition both come with Hyundai's 1.6-L GDI DOHC C-CVVT 132-hp 4-cylinder engine. The Veloster Turbo R-Spec and Veloster Turbo come with their 1.6-L 4-cylinder 201-hp twin-scroll turbocharged engine.
The base Veloster, Turbo R-Spec and Turbo all come with a six-speed manual transmission. The Veloster Value Edition comes with a six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission, which is also an available option for the Veloster, base model. A seven-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission is an available option on the Veloster Turbo trim.
Is the Veloster available in all-wheel-drive?
No, the Hyundai Veloster is available with front-wheel drive only.
How much space is there in the back of the Veloster?
There is 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the back of the Veloster. The rear seats fold down, though, to give you 34.7 cubic feet of space to haul your groceries or whatever else you need to transport.
What type of infotainment system comes standard with the Veloster?
The Veloster has a pretty good, easy-to-use infotainment system. The base Veloster trim comes with a 7" display screen and an AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD stereo system that includes six speakers. The upper three trim levels come with a Dimension premium stereo that includes eight speakers, an external amplifier, and a subwoofer.
All trim levels come with Apple CarPlay, Android Audio and smartphone connectivity along with USB and auxiliary input jacks. You also get a free three-month trial subscription for SiriusXM Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link. The Veloster Value Edition comes with a Navigation system with a 7" hi-resolution touchscreen, which is also an available option in the Veloster Turbo.
Is the Veloster considered a safe vehicle?
The 2017 Hyundai Veloster did reasonably well when it was crash tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2017 Veloster an Overall Safety Rating of five stars. That's the highest possible score. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Veloster a Good score on the moderate overlap front crash tests, as well as on the head restraints, seats and roof strength. It only got an Acceptable score on the side crash tests, though and a Marginal score on the small overlap tests.
Does the Veloster have any hi-tech safety equipment?
Hyundai doesn't include many hi-tech safety features in the Veloster. A rearview camera and driver's blind spot mirror come standard on all trims as well as brake assist. The Veloster Turbo can be equipped with rear parking sensors. All trim levels come with basic safety systems like Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brakes and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
What big changes are being made for the 2019 Veloster?
The 2019 Veloster will be available in a much sportier trim known as Veloster N. Hyundai is attempting to beef up the Veloster to compete with the new Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R. The N is expected to have the same underpinnings as the 2018 Elantra GT, which will give it a slightly larger wheelbase. The N is also expected to have a new adaptive suspension system.
Based on test mule sightings, the Veloster N will have a new front fascia, chunky ten-spoke wheels, dual exhaust and a high rear wing. Rumor has it that the Veloster N will have a 2-L inline-four turbocharged engine that produces about 250 hp. It is also expected to be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.