2014 Hyundai Veloster

MSRP $17,800 - $23,300

Ranked #2 in Hatchback

7.5

Overall Rating

2014 Hyundai Veloster Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 27, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2014 Hyundai Veloster comes with a few minor changes from the previous year’s model. The Veloster is a relatively new hatchback by Hyundai as it was launched in 2011 but has not impressed the buyers that well considering the sales chart. The introduction of the more rounded package in the crossover segment has hit the market of hatchbacks in recent years.

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Pros

Value for money

Unique styling

Good fuel economy

Great grip on roads

Hatchback versatility

Cons

Sluggish acceleration

Automatic transmission lags in its shifting

Heavy steering wheel

Less headroom for the rear-seat passengers

Low-reliability rating

What's New?

Introduction of the new R-Spec trim

Rearview camera and Blind-spot monitoring system gets standard

Torque vectoring and automatic climate control (Available)


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17800

bodystyle

3dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

123 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

166.1 in.

width

70.5 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

2584 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

34.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1164 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/30/35 mpg

highway range

462 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$17,800 onwards

Turbo R-Spec$21,300 onwards

RE:FLEX$21,650 onwards

SE$22,300 onwards

Limited PZEV$22,300 onwards

GLS$23,300 onwards

Sport$23,300 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Hyundai Veloster in Boston Red Metallic color
Boston Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


For the 2014 model year, the Hyundai Veloster is available in three trims; Base, Turbo R-Spec, and comes with a base price of $17,800. All the trims are available in a manual and automatic transmission, except the Turbo R-Spec trim. The 2014 Veloster rivals the likes of 2014 Fiat 500 Turbo, 2014 Scion tC, and 2014 Volkswagen Beetle.


9.9/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2014 Hyundai Veloster Features

9.9/10

The major trim levels of the 2014 Hyundai Veloster are; Base, Turbo R-Spec, and Turbo. A RE: FLEX edition builds on the base trim and adds a few features. The Base costs $17,800 with the manual configuration. It comes with17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running headlights, cruise control, height-adjustable driver’s seat, 7.0-inch touchscreen display, 6-speaker audio system, satellite radio, cruise control, rearview camera, and heated mirrors. The Style package adds a panoramic sunroof.

The RE: FLEX edition adds 18-inch wheels, fog lights, LED tail lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, aluminum trim pedals, an upgraded audio system, and exterior chrome trim. This edition will cost you $21,650. The Turbo R-Spec is the only trim available only in a manual transmission. It has a price tag of $21,300 and includes all the features of the RE: FLEX and a few more features are unlocked. It offers a lower body kit, sport-tuned suspension, a more powerful engine, a torque-vectoring system, and an Active sound design feature.

Trim

Base

R-Spec

Turbo

MSRP

$17,800

$21,300

$22,300

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

In addition to the features offered on the Base trim;

In addition to the R-Spec;

 

7.0-inch touchscreen display

Lower body kit

Unique 18-inch wheels

 

6-speaker audio system

Sport-tuned suspension

Leather upholstery

 

Rearview camera

Torque-vectoring system

Heated front seats

 

Heated mirrors

Features offered on the RE: FLEX is standard

Keyless ignition

 

LED headlights

Active Sound Design

Ultimate package adds a few more features

The Turbo is the top-tier trim costing $22,300. Unlike the performance-focused R-Spec, the Turbo offers more practicality. It continues the 18-inch wheels but with a unique design, adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, keyless ignition, and different styling elements. The Ultimate package adds rear parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, a 115V power outlet, and a navigation system.

We Recommend

Although the R-Spec trim is only available in manual, which is actually what enthusiasts would want, it also comes with a tuned-up engine with other performance enhancements at a marginal price difference. If you’re looking for a soulful driving experience, then we recommend you to go for the Turbo R-Spec trim.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Base trim of the 2014 Veloster has a 1.6L Inline-4 under the hood which produces 138 hp and has a peak torque of 123 lb-ft. This may not seem as much, but the Veloster is a small car, and the engine is peppy enough to have fun. If that doesn’t satisfy your needs, then the Turbo trims come equipped with a more powerful engine. It is a Turbocharged 1.6L engine that is capable of putting out 201 hp and a max torque of 195 lb-ft. Although this engine is more powerful than the standard 1.6L, its turbo lags a bit sometimes, giving it a sluggish acceleration. This is seen more clearly when it is up against its rivals in a straight line. 

The R-Spec is only available in a 6-speed manual transmission, but all other trims can be fitted with a 6-speed automatic. The power is delivered only to the front wheels. That being said, it has a great grip around tight corners, and it is sufficiently easy to maneuver this small car. However, the ride quality needs an improvement as you can feel the firmness when you pass over a sharp bump.

Models

2014 Hyundai Veloster

2014 Fiat 500 Turbo

2014 Scion tC

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

MSRP

$17,800

$19,500

$19,210

$18,995

Engine 

1.6L Inline-4

1.4L Turbo Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-5

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power 

138 hp @ 6300 RPM

135 hp @ 5500 RPM

179 hp @ 6000 RPM

170 hp @ 5700 RPM

Torque

123 lb-ft @ 4850 RPM

150 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

172 lb-ft @ 4100 RPM

177 lb-ft @ 4250 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.1

NA

7.5

7.3

Quarter mile (sec)

16.5

NA

16.0

15.6

Top Speed (MPH)

NA

133

125

NA

The standard naturally aspirated Inline-4 engine hardly beats anyone in terms of power. Only the Fiat 500 base variant has less power than the Veloster, however, Fiat 500 also offers a turbo variant of the same 1.4L inline-4 engine in its higher trims. The biggest and the most powerful standard engine is offered by the 2014 Scion tC, producing almost 180 horses. Volkswagen Beetle offers an Inline-5 in the base variant, but that is to be replaced by a locally sourced 1.8L Turbo inline-4 mid-2014.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The fuel economy is one of the strong points of the 2014 Hyundai Veloster. Its standard engine manages to do 26 mpg around cities, 35 mpg on the highways, which gives it a combined mileage of an impressive 30 mpg. The turbocharged version of the 1.6L does not do so bad itself. It manages to offer 24 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg of combined fuel economy, which is still admirable.

Models

2014 Hyundai Veloster

2014 Fiat 500 Turbo

2014 Scion tC

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

MPG (City)

26

28

23

22

MPG (Highway)

35

34

31

31

MPG (Combined)

30

30

26

25

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

13.2

10.5

14.5

14.5

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

343.2/462

294/ 357

333.5/449.5

319/449.5

The 2014 Fiat 500 does wonders in this segment by achieving a combined fuel economy of 35 mpg in its base avatar, but the economy drops to 30 mpg combined with the turbo motor. Its fuel tank capacity, however, is the least when compared to other cars, hence giving it an average range. With a capacity of 14.5 gallons, the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle and the 2014 Scion tC share the biggest fuel tanks in this segment.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Interior

6.0/10

The front row seats of the 2014 Hyundai Veloster are spacious. They have plenty of room to accommodate 2 people with ease. This however doesn’t translate to the rear row of seats. Because of its weirdly placed side door, back seats are hardly comfortable for anyone taller than 6 feet. Although the 2014 Veloster claims to be a 4-seater, the rear seats are best suited for kids. The cabin itself along with the dashboard and center console holds a contemporary and sleek design. The use of hard plastic is almost everywhere, but because of its textured finish, it gives a good appearance and has a nice touch to it. 

The base Veloster comes with air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, that’s about it. You need to add a style package or upgrade to RE: FLEX edition to add more creature comforts. The optional Style package adds a panoramic sunroof, cloth/leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum-trimmed pedals, and piano-black interior trim, while RE: FLEX edition adds leather upholstery and an upgraded audio system.

Models

2014 Hyundai Veloster

2014 Fiat 500 Turbo

2014 Scion tC

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

Seating Capacity

4

4

5

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/55.6/43.9

38.9/49.4/40.7

37.7/55.4/41.8

39.4/55.3/41.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.3/54.0/31.7

35.6/46.4/31.7

36.4/52.1/34.6

37.1/49.0/31.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

15.5

9.5

14.7

15.4

As far as interior space is concerned, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster has the best in class first row space. The space at the back, however, is more in the 2014 Scion tC. The 2014 Hyundai Veloster has the most cargo space behind the rear seats. It beats the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle by only 0.1 inches, while the 2014 Fiat 500 has almost negligible cargo space. Some of the highlights of the interior are:

  • Leatherette trim or leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Manual air conditioning
  • 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • 4-way manually adjustable passenger’s seat
  • 60-40 bench folding rear seats
  • Multi-level heating driver’s seat

How intuitive is the 2014 Hyundai Veloster’s infotainment unit?

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display. The dashboard is well-designed, and the screen sits in such a way that the driver and passenger can reach it comfortably. The setup itself is well-organized. The buttons surround the screen from the sides and are well-labeled with a gloss back finish. The screen itself is high-resolution with an easy-to-understand interface. 

As standard equipment, you get a CD player, satellite radio, Pandora Internet radio capability, iPod/USB audio interface, BlueLink emergency telematics, Bluetooth phone with audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. The audio system can be upgraded to an eight-speaker LG Dimension premium audio system. Some of the standard features offered by this infotainment system are:

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Satellite radio
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 8-speaker LG Dimension premium audio system
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • Voice recognition
  • Navigation system

2014 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

9.0/10

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster has some out-of-the-box exterior styling. With one door on the driver’s side, two doors on the passenger’s side, and one in the rear, it has a unique layout. The Veloster has many versatile forms. A coupe, 5-door, and a sporty small car all at once. The Turbo trim has some distinctive features that set it apart from the Base, while the R-Spec receives more performance upgrades. The front end of the car has an aggressive tone to it and gives it that sporty hatchback look. It comprises a huge grille, fog lights, aggressive-looking Halogen Daytime running LED headlights that cut through the air damps right below it, and a sculpted hood.

Coming to the side of the car, you instantly notice its unique coupe design and the curvy body lines which add to the sporty persona of the 2014 Hyundai Veloster. Depending on the trim, you’ll either have 17 or 18-inch wheels. The Turbo trim gets a unique design for its alloys. Side skirts, a low stance thanks to its 5.6-inch ground clearance, panoramic sunroof, and heated power-adjustable manual-folding side-view mirrors are some more features of its side profile.

Models

2014 Hyundai Veloster

2014 Fiat 500 Turbo

2014 Scion tC

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2584

2477

3082

2939

Length (in.)

166.1

144.4

176.6

168.4

Width (in.)

70.5

64.1

70.7

71.2

Height (in.)

55.1

59.8

55.7

58.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.6

4.1

6.3

5.7

Wheelbase (in.)

104.3

90.6

106.3

100.0

The distinctive sloping roofline brings you to the rear end of the car. The rear end is characterized by LED taillights which are emphasized by slots, circular liftgate access with the Hyundai batch sitting in the middle, the center placed dual exhaust outlets, and a rear lip spoiler. The 2014 Fiat 500 is one of the smallest cars in the segment. It has the smallest dimensions, the shortest ground clearance, and also the shortest wheelbase. The 2014 Scion tC stands the tallest with 6.3-inch ground clearance, and it also has the longest wheelbase of over 106 inches. Here’s a list of a few standout features of the 2014 Hyundai Veloster’s exterior:

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Fog lights
  • Auto On/Off Projector-beam Halogen daytime running LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Shark-fin antenna
  • 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Heated power-adjustable manual-folding side-view mirrors

2014 Hyundai Veloster Safety

7.0/10

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster earned a full 5-star rating from the NHTSA, and it also earned the highest possible score of “Good” in 3 major tests of the IIHS. The Veloster is a small car, and yet it is packed with a lot of safety features and driver-assist features. Many cars in this segment do not offer standard equipment like rearview camera, blind-spot mirror, etc. but it is all standard on the Veloster. Some more safety features which are either standard or available on the 2014 Hyundai Veloster are:

  • 4 standard airbags (6 airbags on Turbo trim)
  • Electronic stability control
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Traction control
  • BlueLink (Hyundai’s emergency telematics system)

2014 Hyundai Veloster Final Verdict

Fairly new to the hatchback market, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster has already become a strong contender, thanks to its eye-catching exterior looks and humble interior design. Its performance varies from trim to trim, but it offers practicality and fun simultaneously. The turbocharged engine, which does better than most of the Veloster’s rivals, is the preferred choice.