2015 Hyundai Veloster

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: After the addition of a performance-oriented Turbo R-Spec model for 2014, Hyundai’s quirky 3-door hatchback sees no significant changes for 2015. 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 passenger-side 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: $18,000
Turbo R-Spec: $21,600
RE:FLEX: $21,950
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)
26-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-36

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-33

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2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
2014 Hyundai Veloster
2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec