2021 Hyundai Veloster

MSRP range: $18,900 - $33,750
MSRP$21,190
Edmunds suggests you pay$20,256

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2021 Hyundai Veloster Review

  • Unique and functional three-door body style
  • Enjoyable power from the Veloster's turbocharged engine
  • Sporty and enjoyable handling
  • Base engine is underpowered
  • Elevated road noise
  • Long driver's door can make tight parking spots awkward
  • Optional eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • New lightweight sport front seats
  • Features from the N's previous Performance package are now standard
  • Part of the second Veloster generation introduced for 2019

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster remains one of the most unique cars on sale today. How is that? Well, how many cars can you think of that come with three side doors? The answer would be one: the Veloster. It has an asymmetrical three-door setup with one door on the driver's side and two on the passenger's. That quirky door arrangement improves the practicality of this small hatchback by providing better access to the rear seats compared to a regular coupe. But it also has the fun and playful driving characteristics you expect from a small performance coupe.

The base 147-horsepower 2.0-liter engine doesn't exactly get the heart pumping and can feel strained just merging onto freeways. Thankfully, the optional turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (201 hp) makes the Veloster feel a lot sportier. Or if you want serious performance from a small car, look no further than the Veloster N. Its capabilities come pretty darn close to those of the hallowed Honda Civic Type R.

The Veloster occupies a niche among small hatchbacks. More traditional examples, such as the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, have more passenger and cargo space. They're also a little nicer on the inside. But for a mix of performance, value and distinctiveness, the Veloster is pretty compelling.

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The Veloster is an affordable fun car with unique style, performance and, relative to its size, a large and efficient interior. It's composed and comfortable enough to handle the daily grind, but still surprise you when the road opens up. An available manual transmission and a tight but compliant suspension make it a driver's delight, even if a restrictive clutch hampers some of the fun.
With its predictable handling, precise steering and progressively firm braking, the Veloster — and specifically the R-Spec model — captures the spirit of sporty, lightweight compact cars. Power from the R-Spec's four-cylinder turbo engine comes on quick with no lag. And there's plenty of reassuring low-end power for low-speed city driving.

In turns and corners, there's only a hint of body roll, and the R-Spec's high-performance tires help it instantly change directions. The R-Spec comes only with a manual transmission, but the dual-clutch automatic in other turbocharged Velosters responds quickly to paddle-shifted gear changes.
The Veloster is sportier than most compact cars, and that means a fundamentally stiff suspension. Even so, the Veloster remains comfortable for driving around town or highway cruising. The ride is composed and stable, and the suspension takes the edge off larger bumps, but the car's short wheelbase makes it more sensitive to choppy roads.

The R-Spec's seats are nicely shaped, offering ample support and side bolstering and plenty of adjustability. Some drivers will lament that the seats lack adjustable lumbar, but you can get this feature in Turbo and Turbo Ultimate models. The cabin can get noisy at highway speeds, especially when the car is equipped with high-performance tires.
The Veloster's interior is intelligently designed and packaged. It makes good use of available space afforded by the car's funky, asymmetrical styling. The long driver's door makes it tricky to get in or out in tight spaces, but shorter doors make it easier on the passenger side. There's surprisingly ample front and rear space inside the car, and most adults can sit in the rear seat without complaint, but limited headroom might annoy taller riders.

Fundamentally, the Veloster is a driver's car, and the driving position is appropriately low and sporty. The controls are logically grouped and placed close at hand. And overall visibility is good, but the massive rear pillars translate to large blind spots.
Our R-Spec test car came pretty bare-bones in terms of features, but it included Hyundai's very functional infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Blue Link connected services, and a high-quality Infinity stereo system. Navigation is available with the Turbo Ultimate trim. It's a basic system but it's clear and easy to use.

The Veloster comes with an array of USB and 12-volt charging and data connections, and some trims offer a wireless charging pad. Voice commands are limited to a handful of functions, but the system responds well, even to some more natural phrases. Driver aids are sprinkled throughout the lineup, but we learned they don't always respond accurately after experiencing some false emergency-braking episodes.
The Veloster's trunk is surprisingly spacious at 19.9 cubic feet, although it relies on a low load floor to create much of that space. As a result, you'll have to lift items somewhat high to clear the trunk opening. The cabin offers plenty of spaces to store drink bottles and personal items, including wide door pockets and a large center console. Rear passengers need to make do with cupholders and a small tray.

The car seat anchors near the surface of the seats are clearly marked, but they're tucked between the cushions and offer no special access. The top tethers are inconveniently located on the trunk floor. This car is not the best one to choose if you're frequently installing and removing a car seat.
The manual-equipped Turbo's estimated 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway) falls short of the Civic Si's ratings, but it's not bad for how sporty the car is. On our test loop, we averaged 32.3 mpg — a great result. Driving style will have a massive impact on your mileage. Driving hard, we saw returns well under the city estimate.
Solid build quality, competitive price, and one of the best warranties in the business make the Veloster an unbeatable value proposition. Sure, there's a lot of hard plastic around the cabin, but most of the touch points use nicer materials, and there are a variety of colors and textures that liven up the cabin. The panels fit together tightly, and overall the Veloster feels solid and substantial.

You also get Hyundai's excellent 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and five-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance and three years/36,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance. No one does it better in the class.
The Veloster's clutch restrictor is a notable sour spot in an otherwise standout car. We get that restrictors help with a manual transmission's long-term durability, but we'd still prefer direct control over our gear changes. Beyond that significant complaint, the Veloster is small and light and a genuine pleasure to drive. It's quirky, different and comfortable, and it has all you need for wringing out performance or simply driving at a relaxed pace to your destination.

Which Veloster does Edmunds recommend?

We'd recommend stepping up to the Turbo R-Spec for a few reasons. For one, it doesn't cost much more than the 2.0 Premium and gets you the 201-hp 1.6-liter engine instead of the underwhelming 2.0-liter engine found in lower trim levels. The R-Spec's grippy performance tires also bring out the best in the Veloster's playful chassis.

Hyundai Veloster models

The 2021 Veloster is offered in six trim levels: base 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Ultimate and Veloster N. Three engines and four transmissions are available depending on the trim level. Highlight features include:

2.0
Starts you off with:

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque
  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Available six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the car back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

2.0 Premium
Adds a few upgrades, such as:

  • Sunroof
  • Keyless entry with push button start
  • Wireless device charging
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Upgraded audio system
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

Turbo R-Spec
Loses a few of the 2.0 Premium's upgrades (such as the heated seats and sunroof) but adds:

  • Turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 201 hp and 195 lb-ft
  • LED headlights
  • Performance tires
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Performance shift lever for the standard manual transmission

Turbo
Combines most of the features from the R-Spec and 2.0-liter trims and adds:

  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Side-mirror-mounted turn signals
  • Sport front seats with cloth and simulated leather upholstery

Turbo Ultimate
Adds luxury amenities such as:

  • Integrated navigation system
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Full leather upholstery

N
Maxes out performance with:

  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 275 hp and 250 lb-ft
  • Electronic limited-slip front differential (helps improve traction during acceleration)
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Upgraded performance tires
  • More powerful brakes
  • Active exhaust
  • Lightweight front sport seats
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Consumer reviews

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2021 Hyundai Veloster videos

CARLOS LAGO: While it's not going to win any beauty pageants, the Honda Civic Type R is the de facto hot hatch. It's a blast to drive, with really engaging handling and pleasing road manners. KURT NIEBUHR: But what's its biggest competitor? How about the Hyundai Veloster N. It's Hyundai's first proper hot hatch for the USA, and I think it's up for the challenge. The question is, which one's worth your money? That's what we're going to find out. But before we get started, don't forget to click Like, Subscribe, and make sure to visit Edmunds to find your perfect car. OK, OK. So these cars don't line up quite so perfectly. Yeah, they're both high performance hatchbacks. Both have 2-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder engines, six-speed manual transmissions, automatic rev matching, and they both seat four people. There are differences, though, and big ones, too. For example, the Veloster has three doors. The Civic has three exhaust pipes. Price is a bigger concern. The Honda costs $6,700 more than the Veloster as equipped. And that's assuming you can find one of these at MSRP. It's also more powerful, even when the Veloster N is equipped with its performance back, like this one is. So the question really is, is the Honda's higher price worth the extra dough? First up, instrumented performance testing at the Edmunds test track. With a superior power-to-weight ratio, the Civic is unsurprisingly faster than the philosopher in a straight line. This particular Type-R, though, was a few tenths slower than the last one we tested. It had noticeable intervention that prevented quick up shifts. We suspected this was due to reliability concerns. After all, what good is 3/10 off your 0 to 60 time if you don't have a transmission to drive home with. Launching the Veloster N is tricky. The tires have a lot of grip when warm, and it's difficult to find the sweet spot between bogging the engine and excessive tire spin. On the upside, you could shift the six-speed transmission as quickly as you like. Both cars need to shift to third gear to reach 60 miles an hour, which worsens their 0 to 60 time and makes it less indicative of overall acceleration. Look at the quarter mile, though, and you see the Civic is much faster. The Civic consistently stops shorter than the Veloster during testing, with a nine-foot difference between the two best performances from these cars. Both vehicles are stable and predictable under simulated panic stops. Neither car exhibited odor or fade during testing, indicating they'll withstand normal use on a race track. It's worth noting that the lateral G-averages were the same regardless of stability control, showing that both car's stability control systems are tuned for high-performance driving. CARLOS LAGO: So as expected, the Honda Civic outperformed the handover lost her hand at the test track. But will those results translate to the racetrack? KURT NIEBUHR: Now, because we're at a race track, you'll probably hear some cars flying by. We spent all morning lapping these two cars and destroying their tires in the process. CARLOS LAGO: Much like you, we aren't pro racing drivers. And if you Google around, you'll find fast lap times for at least one of these vehicles. What we're actually interested in, though, is the difference in lap time that we've got from these two cars. And again, the faster car is the Civic Type R. KURT NIEBUHR: So if that's all you came here for, there's your answer. CARLOS LAGO: Now for the rest of you who care about how these actually drive from behind the wheel, that's what really get into next. KURT NIEBUHR: So Carlos, this car's fast. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, boy howdy. I mean, of course, it's the more powerful car here. It's the more fundamentally designed vehicle here, and the more expensive car, too, so no surprise. But man, you get going real quick in this. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, it's almost hard to drive this car. It takes a couple laps, simply because you have to get used to how fast it is. CARLOS LAGO: But beyond the speed this car feels special. It doesn't feel like a tarted up Civic. It feels like a special version of a car that has some resemblance to a Civic. Some of that's going to be in the engine, and that's going to be in the chassis, some of that's going to be in the decorative stuff here, like the production number right behind the shifter-- the metal shifter, the red interior accents. All that stuff kind of speaks to how significant of a car this is. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, I feel that a base Civic is at such a high level that it allowed Honda to focus more on the little special bits and pieces like that. CARLOS LAGO: You get this suspension that feels really sophisticated in the sense that it's really comfortable on the road. This doesn't punish you like so many firms sports cars do. This is a genuinely daily drivable car. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, and you could drive it in the plus R mode that we're in right now, and it wouldn't be over the top. We're driving on a really bumpy course surface, and it still rides really well. CARLOS LAGO: When the car is smooth and controlled at high speed, you are concerned about how it's moving around. And that allows you to go even faster. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: It allows you to go harder into braking zones, not be worried about, oh, can I maintain this speed through this corner here. There's a couple hairy corners on this track that this car feels totally fine in. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, but it is, after all, a front-wheel drive car. CARLOS LAGO: Yes. KURT NIEBUHR: And what I found that I had to do was really manage the power application coming out of even medium speed corners the car will light the inside front tire up, and it's cool, but it's slow. CARLOS LAGO: We have a ton of torque, and we have front-wheel drive car, so you have to drive these things responsibly. When you do it, it rewards you. I would go as far to say that this thing drives as good as its design is silly. KURT NIEBUHR: Absolutely. Absolutely. CARLOS LAGO: We've got three exhaust tips. That's very silly. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: This thing drives that well. On the downside, engine sound. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, it's actually hard to drive this car at the limit simply because when you're wearing a helmet, it's almost silent on the inside, even in plus R mode when it does get a little bit more race-y, this is still not much louder than a basic Civic. CARLOS LAGO: You have to watch the tac. I caught myself frequently balancing off the limiter just because I didn't realize it because the sounds not there. I love these seats. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: Bucket seats are tricky. When I get in and out of this car, I have to put the seat back in order to comfortably exit it because these thigh bolsters make getting in and out difficult. But on the road just commuting in this thing, they're wonderful. KURT NIEBUHR: They're also very breathable seats. This car is so comfortable on the road. This is the car I want to drive home. CARLOS LAGO: It's the little things. That get the shifter right. They get the clutch engagement right. The steering feedback isn't quite as there as the Veloster, but the effort is good. KURT NIEBUHR: Also, that the brake pedal on this car really deserves special mention. It's high, it's firm, but it's never touchy. It's exactly where you want it to be on the street. It's exactly where you want it to be on the track, and it adds confidence. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, I think my only real demerits on this car are engine sound, rev matching isn't as aggressive as I would like it to be as somebody who uses rev matching, and shame on me, and blah, blah, blah. I can read the YouTube comments now. And it has three exhaust tips. So the overall design is just so cartoonish, the opposite of how the car drives. It's an absolute standout. KURT NIEBUHR: And it's fast. CARLOS LAGO: It rips. It rips. It rips but it's stable. Like through this high speed section here, you feel like you can carry so much speed through this blind complex of corners. And this is a hairy corner at full speed. KURT NIEBUHR: It is. So that's thumbs up from you? CARLOS LAGO: I'd say two. Well, maybe a thumb up and a half for-- I hate to keep coming down on the design, but-- KURT NIEBUHR: I would have to say that, even though I like driving both cars, this is the car I would want to drive home. CARLOS LAGO: I agree. KURT NIEBUHR: All right, so why don't we go hop in the Veloster? CARLOS LAGO: I think we should. KURT NIEBUHR: I'm really surprised that we're even driving a 2019 Hyundai Veloster. And it's because when the Veloster first came out, it was such a unique and interesting vehicle, but it wasn't that good to drive. I expected it to just kind of come out for a couple of years then Hyundai go, whoops, and never build a second one. But I'm really impressed that they came back and they built an all new Hyundai Veloster. And you know what? I like it. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, it's neat that not only has a mainstream automaker decided to make a three-door hatchback, they've also made this N version, which is a really well done $30,000 hot hatch. Yeah, they've transformed the standard Veloster into a very enjoyable car doing the usual hot hatch tricks. You know, really stiff suspension, turbo motor that's really powerful, and they've executed a really fun to drive car for the money. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, and not only that, but in the process they've given this car so much personality. It's scrappy. CARLOS LAGO: Both of these cars-- the Civic and the Veloster-- are slow cars made fast. This definitely feels like a slow car made fast. KURT NIEBUHR: Absolutely. CARLOS LAGO: You still have the Veloster interior trappings-- this plastic is pretty stiff and firm, not very good to look at. The shifter-- it works, but it still feels like it has the original Veloster trappings going on with it. On the other hand though, the trick bits are really trick, right? This engine makes good power, has good throttle response, it's very vocal, a lot more so than the Civic, and that means when you're hitting red line you can actually hear it happening. And I'm not staring at the tac in this car like I have to in the Type R. The rev matching works really well, and that's one thing I really like, as somebody who likes using rev matching. I know a lot of people out there who don't, but I like the fact that I can just trust it every single time. In the Civic, I don't. KURT NIEBUHR: And there is something else that the Veloster has that I wish the Civic had, and that's the ability to really go in and adjust every electronic setting. So you can change the way the car rev matches. You can change the limited slip settings. You can change the suspension settings, the throttle mapping, the exhaust settings. Everything can be customized. CARLOS LAGO: And then we have to talk about the parts where this falters a little bit versus the Civic. This car feels fast. KURT NIEBUHR: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: But the data shows it is not relative to the Civic. KURT NIEBUHR: That is true, and I think if you drove them in isolation, you would swear they're just as fast, especially with how involving it is to drive the Veloster N. It's a very exciting car to drive. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, but when you look at the data, when you look at the lap times, when look at cornering speeds driving the two back to back, it's very apparent that the Civic is that much faster. And, of course, it's a more expensive car. No duh. It's more powerful, and so on and so forth. But I think that really isn't a discredit to the Veloster. I think it's part of the driving satisfaction. The Veloster decided to go with mechanically adjust-- electronically controlled mechanical flap in the exhaust that helps it make that pop. There's certainly a mode that switches on when you do that. The Civic, they've opted to go with a non-electronically adjustable thing. It's just those three pipes that work with different kind of back pressure to make it sound the way it does. That's nice on the road because it doesn't drone, but you don't get that excitement on the track that this thing has. KURT NIEBUHR: And I hate to bring in the way a car looks because that's so subjective. The Veloster drives like the Civic looks. The Civic drives like the Veloster. CARLOS LAGO: Exactly. But this is a ton of fun. I can't say that enough. Steering is really well weighted. Good feedback through it. Brakes are powerful. Everything here-- all the touch points. They've done their homework in making of Veloster N. KURT NIEBUHR: I actually prefer the feedback that comes through the wheel and in the Veloster than I do through the Civic. And that may be a function of how sophisticated and smooth everything is in that Civic. But I really like it in this car. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah I would not feel bad about driving this car daily. KURT NIEBUHR: Not at all. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. As we come around this flat, skid pad like area-- both of these cars have a ton of power going into the front wheels, and under steer fighting it, especially when you're trying to power out is always an issue. What happened when you were doing that? KURT NIEBUHR: I found myself having to be very, very patient. Even though the limited slip is very sophisticated in this car, you have to wait because it's so easy to overwhelm the fronts on this car. And it's easy to get into a corner a little bit too quickly. And it's easy to get out of the corner a little bit too quickly. And front wheel drive cars are so dependent on the front tires. If you overcook them, you've lost them for a lap and you have to cool them down. CARLOS LAGO: Absolutely, or as we found, you can shoot chunks right off of them. KURT NIEBUHR: Yes, you can. CARLOS LAGO: What is amazing about both of these cars-- the Civic Type R is a very torque-y front drive car. No torques here. This is a very torque-y front wheel drive car, as well. No torques here. So verdict on the Veloster N? Thumb up. One thumb. KURT NIEBUHR: So, who wins? Actually, all of us win because both are fantastic hot hatches. They're so fun to drive. CARLOS LAGO: But the question we set out to answer is, is the Civic Type R's additional price worth it? Yes. KURT NIEBUHR: Absolutely, yes. CARLOS LAGO: From the moment that you sit in it, it feels very special. And then you start driving the car and it's so fast and it's comfortable and it's compliant, and it's really fast. Honda's made a great hot hatchback, and that doesn't mean the Veloster N is a bad car. If you can only swing 30 grand, you're going to have a lot of fun with this thing. Hyundai's turned the Veloster into something that's genuinely fun to drive, and still is really functional as a daily driver, too. Problem is, the Veloster N just can't hold a candle to how special the Civic Type R is to drive. And that's why the Civic wins this comparison. Now for more information on vehicles like these and for all your car shopping needs, be sure to visit Edmunds.com.

2019 Hot Hatchback Battle: Honda Civic Type R vs. Hyundai Veloster N

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster, but since the 2021 Hyundai Veloster is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$19,900
MPG & Fuel
27 City / 34 Hwy / 30 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 147 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 166.9 in. / Height: 55.1 in. / Width: 70.9 in.
Curb Weight: 2734 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 19.9 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Veloster safety features:

Blue Link
Alerts the authorities in case of an accident, locks/unlocks the doors, and allows you to check the vehicle status from your smartphone.
Rear Parking Sensors
Audibly warns you of obstacles behind the vehicle.
Rearview Camera
Shows you what's behind the Veloster when you put it in reverse.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Hyundai Veloster vs. the competition

2021 Hyundai Veloster

2021 Hyundai Veloster

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic

Hyundai Veloster vs. Honda Civic

Thanks to its four-door arrangement and larger dimensions, the Civic is the more practical hatchback when compared to the Veloster. With a better ride as well as a higher-quality interior, it's also more refined. But that extra refinement means the Civic will demand a bit more money than what you'd pay for a similarly optioned Veloster.

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Hyundai Veloster vs. Mazda 3

When it comes to style and interior quality, it's tough to match the premium feel of the Mazda 3. The Mazda also offers more rear passenger room and cargo space than the Hyundai. But the Hyundai counters with a more sporting and funky personality for buyers not ready, or willing, to grow up quite yet.

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Hyundai Veloster vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

This might not seem like a fair fight, but the more powerful and slightly larger GTI can be had, albeit in its base trim, for the same money as a nicely optioned Veloster. The GTI delivers a well-rounded performance experience with both a compliant ride and impressive acceleration. Dollar for dollar, though, the Veloster offers more features.

Compare Hyundai Veloster & Volkswagen Golf GTI features 

FAQ

Is the Hyundai Veloster a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Veloster both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.3 out of 10. You probably care about Hyundai Veloster fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Veloster gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Veloster has 19.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Veloster. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Hyundai Veloster?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster:

  • Optional eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • New lightweight sport front seats
  • Features from the N's previous Performance package are now standard
  • Part of the second Veloster generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Hyundai Veloster reliable?

To determine whether the Hyundai Veloster is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Veloster. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Veloster's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Hyundai Veloster a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Hyundai Veloster is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Veloster and gave it a 8.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Veloster is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Hyundai Veloster?

The least-expensive 2021 Hyundai Veloster is the 2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $18,900.

Other versions include:

  • 2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $23,100
  • Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $25,750
  • 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $19,900
  • Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $23,450
  • Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $28,450
  • 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $18,900
  • N 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $32,250
  • N 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $33,750
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What are the different models of Hyundai Veloster?

If you're interested in the Hyundai Veloster, the next question is, which Veloster model is right for you? Veloster variants include 2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M). For a full list of Veloster models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Hyundai Veloster Overview

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster is offered in the following submodels: Veloster N, Veloster Hatchback. Available styles include Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M), N 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and N 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM).

What do people think of the 2021 Hyundai Veloster?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Veloster.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Hyundai Veloster?

2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,190. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $934 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $934 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,256.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 4.4% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,380. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,082 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,082 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,298.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 4.4% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,585. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $1,015 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,015 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,570.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 4.1% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,030. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $1,121 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,121 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,909.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is 4.1% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,730. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $1,237 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,237 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,493.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is 4.2% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,450. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $1,009 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,009 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,441.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Hyundai Veloster?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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