2014 Hyundai Veloster Expert Review

Editor's Overview

Big on style, features and power, the unique 3-door hatchback styling of the 2014 Hyundai Veloster seems to have struck a chord with young and old alike. Easily one of the more affordable small cars on the market, the Veloster delivers coupe-like proportions with the added convenience of a long third door and a large hatchback opening.

You'll Like The 2014 Hyundai Veloster 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 The 2014 Hyundai Veloster 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

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.

Interior Features

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 Features

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.

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.

Pricing Notes

The Hyundai Veloster offers a lot for the money. A base version with manual transmission is just over $18,600 with destination; the Veloster Turbo is about $4,500 more, but includes many more standard features. Adding an automatic transmission to either is about $1,000. Load up a Veloster Turbo with the Ultimate Package and the price comes in around $26,000. The 2014 Veloster and Veloster Turbo undercut competitors such as the Volkswagen Golf, GTI and Beetle, Honda CR-Z, Nissan Juke, Mini Cooper and Scion tC 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 2014 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.

Notable 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.

Notable Options

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.

Favorite Features

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.

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)

Editors' Notes

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.

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It saved me in a head on wreck.

2014 Hyundai Veloster

My black base model 2014 Hyundai Veloster was by far the most fun to drive. It hugs the turns it had a good acceleration and I could park it anywhere. The maintenance on it was cheap from oil changes to tires. When you sit in the bucket style seats you feel just that much more like you belong in a Veloster. They’re slick, smooth, sleek and practice. It wasn’t all that great of a family car. I have one child, it was fine for just me and him and my husband but past that it wasn’t comfortable. The good news with that is your car never gets volunteered to carry everyone around. I picked my Veloster because I read good reviews! Little did I know those good reviews would save my life. I was involved in an accident. I was in my Veloster going through a traffic light when someone ran the opposing light and hit my Veloster head on. My beloved Veloster was totaled but I lived. No broken bones, beat up from the wreck but I otherwise walked away. This car is great for young drivers. It looks good but it is also reliable and safe. Hyundai did an amazing job with the 2014 Veloster. I couldn’t by another small car after my accident due to getting in and out of it but I fully plan on buying another Veloster in the near future.

- Morgan

Fun and reliable vehicle!

2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

I drive the 6-speed Manual transmission version of the car. There is smooth transition between the shifts and clutch pedal. A back up camera is installed and works with reverse as well as object sensors beeping if you are within so many feet from hitting an object. I haven't had any issues with that. The Veloster is a fun drive if you're looking for a little speed. The vehicle has great accessories like Bluetooth, GPS map on a screen, satellite radio is added but needs activation. There is 1 recall open for the vehicle. The recall is the emissions container near the fuel tank however this does not cause issues with the performance as long as you get it checked for no leaks. I consider this vehicle very reliable as long as routine maintenance is conducted. I have had it for 2.5 years and added 70,000 miles and it runs smoothly.

- Amy S

Hyundai Veloster an amazing car 10/10.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Base

I bought a 2014 Hyundai Veloster used with very few miles on it( about 14 ). I do not drive much, only from home to work & I haven't had any problems. I absolutely love my car. It is a white exterior with red leather seats inside & I absolutely love it. Looks amazing. It is not the fastest strongest car but I don't really need much horsepower. Super helpful in saving gas, very reliable. Everyone who sees my car loves it! It is comfortable for both driver & passengers. I'd definitely recommend any new drivers to this car. Although it does not have a navigation system I find myself using my phone as an alternative & it is fine.

- Ashley D

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