2019 Hyundai Veloster

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2019 MODEL
$18,500 - $28,150

7.4

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Rawat Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 4, 2019


While some cars like the Volkswagen Golf were solely enjoying the hot-hatch pie, Hyundai decided to grab a bite or two from this segment. To do that, they came up with a rather unconventional performance hatch with weird quirks such as its three-door style. Is it a coupe? or a hatchback? Guess we'll never know.

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Pros

Powerful turbocharged engine

Sporty handling

User-friendly infotainment

Cons

Base engine lacks power

Limited rear visibility

Firm ride quality

What's New?

Refreshed exterior and interior

Addition of a new 2.0L, I-4 engine

Revised suspension setup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18500

bodystyle

3dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

145 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lbs.-ft @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61/61.5

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

166.9 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

2701 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

35.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

19.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

1047 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

highway range

435.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Hyundai Veloster in Chalk White color  2019 Hyundai Veloster in Phantom Black color  2019 Hyundai Veloster in Italian Racing Red Metallic color  2019 Hyundai Veloster in Sonic Silver Metallic color  2019 Hyundai Veloster in Space Gray Metallic color  2019 Hyundai Veloster in Sunset Orange Metallic color  2019 Hyundai Veloster in Thunder Gray Metallic color  2019 Hyundai Veloster in Boston Red Metallic color
Chalk White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.9

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Hyundai Veloster Base

Base

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$18,500 - $19,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $18,500 MSRP (25/28/33) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 4
2.0 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $19,500 MSRP (27/30/34) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 4

 2019 Hyundai Veloster Premium

Premium

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$22,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $22,750 MSRP (27/30/34) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 4   Chalk White
  Ultra Black
  Racing Red
  Sunset Orange
  Sonic Silver

 2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

R-Spec

power
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $22,900 MSRP (26/29/33) 201 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 4   Chalk White
  Ultra Black
  Space Gray
  Sunset Orange

 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Turbo

power
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$25,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $25,400 MSRP (28/30/34) 201 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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7-speed automated manual front wheel drive 4   Chalk White
  Ultra Black
  Racing Red
  Sunset Orange
  Sonic Silver

 2019 Hyundai Veloster Ultimate

Ultimate

power
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$26,650 - $28,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $26,650 MSRP (26/29/33) 201 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 4
Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $28,150 MSRP (28/30/34) 201 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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7-speed automated manual front wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


Introduced in 2011, the Veloster received a complete overhaul in the year 2019. The unusual three-door design continues to be its unique design element to save weight and keep dimensions in check. Handling and performance have improved, thanks to its multilink suspension and turbocharged engine.

You must be pretty familiar with the Veloster's turbocharged motor, but for 2019, the base trim receives a bigger, naturally aspirated unit that lacks the punch, however, more on that later. Both powertrains come mated to a six-speed manual while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. The cabin is serene and is stuffed with a plethora of technology inside.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Front Three-quarter view
2019 Hyundai Veloster Front Three-quarter view
2019 Hyundai Veloster Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Hyundai Veloster Rear Three-quarter View

8.0/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 Hyundai Veloster Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Veloster is segregated in five trims. While the base trims, "2.0 Base" and "2.0 Premium" feature a bigger unit under the hood, the rest of the trims feature a smaller and more powerful motor. Frankly, the base trims lack any excitement under the hood, which is why it's the top-three trims that bring along the complete worth of their money. That said, there is no shortage of the features in any of the trims, of course, albeit the base trim. The top trim, "Turbo Ultimate" brings along some extraordinary features such as rain-sensing wipers, Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Assist with pedestrian detection system and a lot more.

Trims

Veloster 2.0 Base

2.0 Premium

Turbo R-Spec

Turbo

Turbo Ultimate

MSRP(Manual)

$18,100

N/A

21,600

$22,600

N/A

MSRP(Automatic)

$19,200

$21,350

N/A

$23,800

$28,150

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (201 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque)

7-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) Black two-tone roof
 

7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system

8˝ display AM/FM/MP3 audio system with 8 speakers

Sport-tuned suspension and steering with a B&M short-throw shifter for the six-speed manual transmission

Combination leather and cloth insert seating

8-inch touchscreen navigation/audio system
 

Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry,

Aerodynamic body kit, projector headlights, and special interior trim.

Driver seat power-adjustable lumbar support Wireless charging pad
  LED headlights with DRLs with automatic on/off function Dual-zone automatic climate control Premium cloth seating surfaces Perforated leather steering wheel Heads-up Display
  3.5˝ multi-information display 4.2˝ color LCD multi-information display     Smart Cruise Control (DCT only)
  Split-center exhaust outlet Dual center exhaust outlets     Rain-sensing wipers
           

We Recommend

If you are thinking of buying a Veloster then definitely you are looking for something sporty. Adhering to your requirements, the R-spec trim hits the sweet spot with its turbocharged engine and automatic transmission. It also adds lots of standard tech and features.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Engine and Performance

6.9/10

"The Veloster's turbo engine is respectably strong, and the manual transmission works well. The automatic can occasionally be sluggish to downshift. In R-Spec trim, the Veloster feels responsive and connected around turns. This is a hatchback that no longer just looks quick; it's genuinely athletic.-Edmunds

The engine options available with the Hyundai Veloster will not humiliate a rival on stoplight races but it is potent enough. The Nu 2.0 liter engine doles out 147 hp at 6200 rpm and maximum torque of132 lb-ft at 4500 rpm. Veloster’s Gamma 1.6 liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder produces 201 hp at 6000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Engine
2019 Hyundai Veloster Engine

Powering the front wheels both engines come with a six-speed manual as standard. The base engine is available with a six-speed automatic, while the turbo engine can be paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Veloster Turbo seven-speed dual-clutch transmission features paddle-shifters to control the gear.

Models

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

MSRP

$23,785

$22,215

$23,145

$23,910

$24,895

$23,580

Engine

1.6L i4

1.6L i4

1.5L i4

2.0L i4

1.4L i4

2.0L flat 4

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed Automatic

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

201 hp@ 6000rpm

197 hp@ 6000rpm

174 hp@ 6000rpm

168 hp@ 6600rpm

153 hp@ 5600rpm

152 hp@ 6000rpm

Torque

195 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

202 ft-lbs@4200rpm

162 ft-lbs@ 1700rpm

155 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

177 ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

145 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

The Veloster produces the highest amount of horses with its little 1.6-liter engine and the Civic sport takes the second spot followed by Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Cruze.

Acceleration

The response from the turbocharged engine is energetic and it only takes 6 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. The curb weight is also very low ranging from at 2,701 pounds and rise to only 2,987 lb on Turbo Ultimate.

2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster Acceleration

Models

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.5 sec

7.1

7.5 sec

9.2

N/A

Quarter mile

14.8 sec

N/A

N/A

16.0 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.6L i4

1.6L i4

1.5L i4

2.0L i4

1.4L i4

2.0L flat 4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.3

5.5

N/A

N/A

7.1

The Veloster is a clear winner here and not car can match its acceleration as its engine puts the highest amount of horsepower.

Ride and Handling

The turbo engine of the Veloster is athletic and fun to drive with the manual transmission but the automatic transmission is sluggish in downshifts. The audio system amplifies a synthetic engine noise which can be toggled down from pop-and-crackle to mellow and sweet. The 2019 Veloster rides sharp with a stiffer body and independent multi-link setup, replacing the outgoing torsion beam unit in the rear. The front gets a lighter, rigid independent suspension that uses MacPherson struts. Ride quality has improved and it soaks up bumps and undulations very well.

Column-mounted electric rack-and-pinion power steering is tuned to deliver a decent feel and weight. The chassis works well and there is minimal body roll on corners. The steering isn’t quick and dead off center but it is fine.

Braking

The Veloster is equipped with disc brakes are in the front and rear, plus ABS. It will come standard with 13.0-inch front and 11.8-inch rear brakes, while upsized 13.6- and 12.4-inch units will be optional. The traction control uses wheel-speed sensors coupled with ESC algorithms to apply precise braking force to the inside front wheel during spirited cornering.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Wheel
2019 Hyundai Veloster Front Wheel

Model

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

12

10.9

11.1

11.5

N/A

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

10.3

10

10.2

10.5

N/A

10.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2833

2742

2870

3060

2978

3082

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

N/A

N/A

131

N/A

N/A

The Veloster scores the shortest stopping distance and the Civic takes the second spot followed by Corolla and Cruze hatchback.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Veloster uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that uses Atkinson-Cycle for high efficiency and lower emissions. Fuel economy estimates range from 25 miles per gallon city/33 mpg highway/28 mpg combined to 28 mpg city/34 mpg hwy/30 mpg combined, depending on configuration.

Model

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

MPG (city)

26

25

29

28

28

22

MPG (highway)

33

32

38

37

38

30

MPG (combined)

29

28

33

31

32

25

The Honda Civic is the most fuel efficient here with 33 mpg combined. The Veloster bags the last spot because of higher power output. The Chevrolet Cruze and Corolla are delivering similar numbers.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Interior

8.0/10

"The 2019 Hyundai Veloster sticks with its asymmetrical doors, and amps up interior quality".- Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The interior which was inspired by the Kona is almost unchanged but rose to new levels of quality. Like the exterior, the asymmetrical design inside the Veloster is driver-focused. A contrasting color scheme separates the Turbo variant from other trims.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Seating
2019 Hyundai Veloster Front Seat

The front seats are quite comfortable and there is a clear division between the driver’s and passenger’s sides of the front cabin. The second row is tight in legroom and headroom for an average adult. Getting in and out of the Veloster is a chore because of the two-plus-one configuration.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/52.7/43.6

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.4/53.9/42.0

38.9/54.9/42.0

38.1/56.0/42.6

39.8/56.7/43.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/49.0/31.2

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.6/54.5/29.9

37.8/53.2/36.1

35.9/54.3/34.1

37.2/55.6/36.5

The Veloster being smaller in dimensions have a spacious cabin just like other rivals. The Civic has the most spacious cabin followed by Corolla and Cruze.

Cargo Capacity

The new Veloster also offers generous rear cargo capacity, with 19.9 cubic feet of interior volume behind the 2nd-row seat. This can also be increased with the 60/40 rear folding seats to accommodate more cargo.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Cargo
2019 Hyundai Veloster Cargo space

Model

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

19.9

10.1

22.6

17.8

22.7

20.8

The Veloster offers similar space like the Corolla and Civic and there is not much difference.

Infotainment System

The Hyundai Veloster offers sophisticated technologies paired with an intuitive infotainment system to keep passengers informed and entertained. This premium system offers the following amenities:

2019 Hyundai Veloster Infotainment Display
2019 Hyundai Veloster Infotainment Display
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Premium Sound System
  • Smart Device Integration

Interior Features

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Fog Lamps
  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • Interior Cargo Shade
  • Keyless Start
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Trip Computer
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Power Steering  
2019 Hyundai Veloster front seat
2019 Hyundai Veloster front seat
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster center console
2019 Hyundai Veloster center console
2019 Hyundai Veloster infotainment
2019 Hyundai Veloster infotainment
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

7.0/10

"The 2019 Hyundai Veloster is intentionally different, consciously quirky and designed to stand out from the crowd". Veloster enters its second generation as a 2019 model. Hyundai calls it a "Reverse Halo" vehicle. – Autotrader.com

Dimension and Height

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster retains a unique two-plus-one door configuration that seats four people. It merges the design appeal of a sports coupe with a handy third door for easier rear-seat access. The LED headlights with the daytime running lights flank an aggressive cascading grille. Functional air splitters add to the visual appeal of the Veloster with a low stance.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Side View
2019 Hyundai Veloster Side View

The sharp character lines accentuate body sides for an athletic look with a beetle-like roofline, rounding towards the rear fascia. The back end houses a short back window and squinty LED taillights. Veloster’s centered twin tailpipes under the bumper looks pleasant and impart sporty feel. A contrasting roof is available for the Turbo model as well.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

Curb weight (lbs.)

2742

2870

3060

2978

2833

3082

Length(in)

160.1

177.9

169.9

175.3

166.9

175.6

Width(in)

67.8

70.8

69.9

70.5

70.9

70.0

Height(in)

57.2

56.3

57.1

57.7

55.1

58.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

6.4

5.1

N/A

5.6

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

98.0

106.3

103.9

106.3

104.3

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

57.7/57

60.5/61.1

60.3/60.8

N/A

61/61.5

60.6/60.8

With a 104.3-inch wheelbase and a 166.9-inches overall length, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster is only fractionally larger than the first-generation model. All of the rivals are ahead in terms of dimensions which accounts for more interior space.

2019 Hyundai Veloster front view
2019 Hyundai Veloster front view
2019 Hyundai Veloster rear view
2019 Hyundai Veloster rear view
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster Side view
2019 Hyundai Veloster Side View

2019 Hyundai Veloster Safety

The Hyundai Veloster is not yet tested by NHTSA or IIHS but it comes loaded with advanced safety features which makes your driving safer.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Crash
2019 Hyundai Veloster Crash Test


· Driver's blind spot mirror: Standard
· Energy-absorbing steering column: Standard
· Front and rear crumple zones: Standard
· 2.5-mph bumpers: Standard
· Bodyside reinforcements: Standard
· Shift interlock system - electronic: Standard
· Ignition Key Interlock System: Standard
· Steering wheel locks when the key is removed: Standard
· Front seatbelt pretensioners: Standard
· LATCH (Lower Anchors and Upper Tether Anchors): Standard
· Power window lock-out button: Standard
· Child safety locks (rear passenger side): Standard
· Advanced dual front airbags (SRS) with Occupant Classification System (OCS): Standard
· Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags (SRS): Standard
· Side-curtain airbags (SRS)(front and rear passengers): Standard
· Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with 4-wheel disc brakes: Standard
· Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS): Standard
· Brake Assist (BA): Standard
· Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS): Standard

2019 Hyundai Veloster Competition

Toyota Corolla

Powered by a dreary inline four which produces 136 hp mated to a clunky CVT or an energetic 6-speed manual and a fuel economy lagging behind its rivals, it will please those who prefer safety over performance. The interior is rather roomy but feels cheap. Overall, there's not much about the 2019 Toyota Corolla that impresses but as an everyday appliance, it’s hard to fault this little car. The Veloster is way ahead in terms of overall performance and driving dynamics. Go for Veloster if you want a fun to drive a car and if reliability is your concern then choose the Corolla.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Corolla
2019 Toyota Corolla

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic comes in available in wide variety of body styles. It offers great fuel efficiency and best in class driving dynamics. It has one of the nicest interiors in the class, a good amount of cargo space, and plenty of tech features. The Veloster is good, but the Civic is a bit better – and it costs about the same. Go with the Honda.

2019 Honda Civic
2019 Honda Civic

Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze is a pretty good car in terms of safety and reliability. It has decent handling with OK engine power. The Veloster is way ahead in terms of overall performance. Cruze is priced way lower than the Veloster. The cabin is much impressive in Veloster and the Cruze don’t have enough reasons to sway you away from the compelling Hyundai.
 

2019 Chevrolet Cruze
2019 Chevrolet Cruze

 

2019 Hyundai Veloster Final Verdict

The Hyundai Veloster is a terrific car if you are ready to live with a silly door layout. Its performance is exciting because of the turbocharged engine. The Veloster is stylish and satisfying to drive when compared to the rivals. This hatchback features plenty of interior space and user-friendly infotainment system.