2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Pros: One-of-a-kind styling stands out among compact cars; passenger-side third door provides a bit more passenger and cargo versatility than most sporty coupes

Cons: Sluggish acceleration with base engine; sloped roofline makes for poor rear visibility and subpar rear-seat headroom; not quite as agile as some sporty-compact competitors

CG Says: For 2017, Hyundai Veloster adds a new Value Edition model that includes navigation, panoramic sunroof, 18-inch wheels, and other equipment. Last year’s Turbo Rally Edition has been discontinued. Otherwise, Veloster is unchanged. Veloster is a sporty/performance car with an unusual three-door hatchback body. The third door provides passenger-side access to the back seat. Base and Value Edition Velosters are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. When paired with a six-speed manual transmission that engine develops 138 horsepower. With a six-speed automated-manual transmission the engine is rated at 132 hp. Turbo models have a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed automated-manual transmission. Veloster combines several attractive attributes into an outlandishly styled package. A reasonably roomy interior for 4 passengers, a large cargo hold, high-tech connectivity features, and respectable EPA numbers help Veloster stand out in its class. Plus, the third door is a novel touch that adds a tad more utility… at least among sporty cars. Base Velosters are disappointingly slow, but Turbo models deliver sprightly acceleration and crisper handling that are more in keeping with the car’s zany looks.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 3-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices Base: $18,100
Value Edition: $21,350
Turbo R-Spec: $21,600
Turbo: $22,600

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138 (manual) or 132 (automated manual)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34-35

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-33

2016 Veloster Turbo R-Spec
2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec