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2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

The standard features of the Hyundai Veloster Base include 1.6L I-4 132hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability. (en)

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 1.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 132hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Engine torque - 120 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 77.0mm x 85.4mm (3.03" x 3.36")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • GVWR - 1,700kg (3,748lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,219mm (166.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,791mm (70.5")
  • Exterior height - 1,400mm (55.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,649mm (104.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.2m (17.1')
  • Front legroom - 1,115mm (43.9")
  • Rear legroom - 805mm (31.7")
  • Front headroom - 991mm (39.0")
  • Rear headroom - 897mm (35.3")
  • Front hiproom - 1,351mm (53.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,336mm (52.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,372mm (54.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,543L (89.8 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 439 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 983 L (35 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.6
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 132hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Torque - 120 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 30mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 27mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 34mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 215/45HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 215/45HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear
 
Transmission
MSRP
Engine
City/Hwy mpg
Base 2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Base Search New Base 2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Base Search New Value Edition 2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Value Edition Search New Turbo R-Spec 2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Turbo R-Spec Search New Turbo 2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Turbo Search New Turbo w/Orange Accent 2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Turbo w/Orange Accent Search New Turbo 2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Turbo Search New Turbo w/Orange Accent 2017 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Turbo w/Orange Accent Search New
6-spd man.  6-spd auto with auto-shift  6-spd auto with auto-shift  6-spd man.  6-spd man.  6-spd man.  7-spd auto with auto-shift  7-spd auto with auto-shift 
$18,100   $19,200   $21,350   $21,600   $22,600   $22,600   $23,800   $23,800  
132-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  132-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  132-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl 
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Driving Impression

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The base 1.6 is perky and revs easily, although there’s not much torque at low rpm. It’s maneuverable, although you’ll never mistake it for a VW Golf. The ride is often harsh, although it’s as comfortable as any car with such a short wheelbase can be.

The 201-horsepower Turbo brings 195 pound-feet of torque, bristling with power with either the 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed paddleshifting twin clutch.

The Turbo has stronger brakes and stickier tires, so the handling is sharper, as long as the road is smooth. The cornering is generally flat and crisp, and grows unsettled only if it’s pitched over patchy pavement. But the 18-inch wheels turn the ride brittle, and the electric power steering lacks feedback, and is weighty when it doesn’t need to be.

The R-Spec packaged hatchbacks have an even stiffer suspension, different steering tuning, and a B&M sport shifter. The ride is significantly less comfortable.

Walk Around

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With even the stylish Civic hatchback copying Hyundai, the Veloster still looks fresh. With two doors on the passenger side and one driver’s door, you can’t really tell from looking at it what’s going on. The one rear door is short, allowing the curvaceous roofline.

The Turbo stands out with LED lighting, piano-black grille, and side skirts.

Interior Overview

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The cabin is stylish, classy and sporty, going easy on the trim. Its innovative layout is enough. Hyundai says it has hints of motorcycle design, and we’ve looked and looked, and we guess so, if you have a big imagination. The center console maybe suggests a motorcycle seat, and the vents maybe look like motorcycle exhaust tips.

A big start button lies at the bottom of the center stack on some models.

The Veloster is narrow like a compact car, but there’s good headroom in front, even with the optional panoramic sunroof. Tall drivers will be fine in the seats.

Back seat passengers might be miserable. It’s a tight fit for even medium-sized people. The single door isn’t very wide, so entry and exit to the rear can be awkward. If there are only two of you, you’ll be likely to keep the rear seat folded, in which case it makes great and easy-to-reach cargo space, from the side or rear, which, however, is relatively high. And there are plenty of bins, cubbies, and nooks for stowing away smaller items.

Parking sensors are available on the base version and standard on the Turbo; they’re a big help, since the low-slung Veloster has huge blind spots rearward, a consequence of its innovative door arrangement.

Summary

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We are fans of the Veloster, either the base 138 horsepower or turbo 201 horsepower. You have to be ready to accept the compromises, namely a tight rear seat and ride quality that borders on stiff. But you can get a whole lot of style and quickness for $20,000, a bit more money with the paddle-shifting twin clutch. For just one or two people, it works.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Standard equipment includes all the basic power features, cruise control, fabric upholstery, AM/FM/XM/CD sound system with Bluetooth audio streaming and USB port, steering-wheel audio controls, and 17-inch wheels. For 2017 the infotainment system adds HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system is also standard on all Velosters. Like GM’s OnStar, BlueLink uses existing databases to provide directions and information for drivers via voice requests, and also includes safety services like automatic crash notification including emergency assistance, and roadside assistance. Turn-by-turn navigation is available on higher subscription levels. As part of the BlueLink suite of services, the Hyundai Assurance Connected Care service is included for three years regardless of the level of subscription.

Veloster Turbo models get 18-inch wheels; heated sport seats; keyless ignition; a 450-watt audio system; and leather seats.

Veloster Turbo R-Spec loses some features, such as keyless ignition and heated leather seats.

Major options include automatic climate control; parking sensors; navigation system; and a panoramic sunroof.

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