2017 Hyundai Veloster Review
Which Veloster does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Lots of features for the money, especially with the new Value Edition
- Unique and functional three-door body style
- Base engine is down on performance
- Harsh ride without the sports car-like handling
- Low roofline makes backseat access difficult
The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a compact car with a unique characteristic: Instead of being a two-door or a four-door with a hatchback, it's a three-door. The driver gets one large door, and the passenger side of the vehicle has two smaller doors. Compared to a similarly sized coupe, it's a genius solution to the problem of being able to effectively access the rear seat in such a small car, and it works great. Combine that with its tech-heavy standard features list, the Veloster could be just the thing if you're looking for a small, distinctively styled car. But it's not perfect.
From a price perspective, the base Hyundai Veloster hangs with a crowd of equally fuel-efficient four-door hatchbacks. Most of them are roomier, more comfortable to drive and offer superior acceleration. The Veloster Turbo would seem to be a good solution to the above considering its 201-horsepower engine. But compared to other "hot hatches," performance is again underwhelming. Overall, we like how the Veloster stands out on the road but think you'll be happier with a more well-rounded rival two-door or four-door small car instead.
2017 Hyundai Veloster models
The 2017 Veloster is available in four trims. The base Veloster comes pretty well equipped with features. The new-for-2017 Veloster Value Edition adds premium features and options that are found on the Turbo model. The Veloster Turbo R Spec is the enthusiast's choice, with sport-tuned suspension, manual transmission and R Spec specific interior bits. At the top of the price range is the Veloster Turbo. It comes with the most luxury-oriented accoutrements, such as leather seating and heated seats, for not much more money.
Highlights for the base Veloster include 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (132 hp, 120 pound-feet of torque) powers the front wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Veloster Value Edition upgrades to 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium eight-speaker sound system and a navigation system. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are also standard, and they control the standard six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
If you want a sportier feel than the base Veloster offers, check out the Veloster Turbo R Spec. It's equipped more like the base Veloster but comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (201 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque), sport-tuned suspension and steering, and a B&M short-throw shifter for the six-speed manual transmission. It also has an aerodynamic body kit, projector headlights and special interior trim.
At the top, the Veloster Turbo keeps the turbocharged engine and offers the dual-clutch automatic as an option. It also reverts to a more comfortable suspension setup. Inside, you'll find leather seating surfaces and an upgraded gauge cluster. You'll need to order the optional Turbo Tech Package, however, to get the panoramic sunroof, navigation system and dual-zone climate control.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Veloster models:
- Blue Link
- Alerts the authorities in case of an accident, can lock/unlock the doors and check vehicle status, all from your smartphone.
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Audibly warns you of impending obstacles to the rear of the vehicle.
- Rearview Camera
- Shows you what's behind the Veloster when you engage reverse.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover10.5%
- Side Impact TestAcceptable
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster Overview
The Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster is offered in the following submodels: Veloster Hatchback. Available styles include w/Black Interior 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6AM), Turbo 3dr Hatchback w/Black Interior (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Turbo 3dr Hatchback w/Black Interior (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Value Edition 3dr Hatchback w/Black Interior (1.6L 4cyl 6AM), Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback w/Red Interior (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Turbo 3dr Hatchback w/Orange Interior Accent (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Turbo 3dr Hatchback w/Orange Interior Accent (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and w/Black Interior 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M). Pre-owned Hyundai Veloster models are available with a 1.6 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 201 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual, 7-speed automated manual, 6-speed manual. The Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster?
Price comparisons for Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster trim styles:
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster Value Edition is priced between $16,500 and$21,990 with odometer readings between 13187 and54178 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster w/Black Interior is priced between $14,999 and$18,990 with odometer readings between 18147 and83248 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is priced between $20,990 and$22,990 with odometer readings between 21056 and41256 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec is priced between $19,990 and$19,990 with odometer readings between 42151 and42151 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 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.