2016 Hyundai Veloster

MSRP $18,000 - $23,950

Ranked #3 in Hatchback

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 31, 2021

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The compact hatchback segment is rather unchartered with a limited number of options available to the buyer. It typically vaunts vehicles that look impressive, are packed with performance and can be maneuvered easily. The Hyundai Veloster is an embodiment of the segment and with 2016 MY becomes more refined and likable, thanks to the introduction of a Rally trim and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission system.

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Pros

Likable design

Exciting turbocharged engine

Intuitive infotainment system

Cons

Compromised rearward visibility

Lackluster base engine

Restricted rear-seat space

What's New?

New Rally trim introduced to the lineup

7-speed dual-clutch transmission available as optional


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18000

bodystyle

3dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

132 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

120 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

166.1 in.

width

70.5 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

2679 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

34.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1069 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/35 mpg

highway range

513 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$18,000 onwards

  • 17-inch silver painted aluminum wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

R-Spec$21,600 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Leatherette seats

Rally Edition$23,950 onwards

  • Intelligent high beams

Colors and Styles

2016 Hyundai Veloster in Boston Red Metallic color
Boston Red Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.4

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.2

Competition

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


However, the Veloster only has four seats. In addition, the rear seats feel cramped and even the cargo capacity is lower than the competitors. Its major concern and a barrier in its likability are how the hatchback performs on uneven terrains. There are better – and sportier – hatchbacks in the segment, including the 2016 Honda Civic, or even the Mazda 3, which though fall in a similar price ballpark, add higher utility.


8.0/10
Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.4/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.2/10
Safety


2016 Hyundai Veloster Features

8.0/10

Hyundai's new Veloster appeals to enthusiast-oriented drivers on a budget and it is available in four trim levels. For less than $25,000, buyers can get behind the wheel of a turbocharged compact with impressive power, fuel economy, and performance pedigree. All 2016 Veloster hatchbacks come standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, and support for Pandora internet radio.

Trims

Base

Rally

Turbo R-Spec

Turbo

MSRP (Manual)

$18,100

N/A

$21,600

$22,600

MSRP (Automatic)

$19,200

$21,350

N/A

$23,800

Features

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Fog Lamps

Keyless Ignition

 

Rearview Camera

Dual-zone Climate Control

Heated Front Seats

Powered Driver Seat

 

Cloth Upholstery

Premium Synthetic Seats

Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors

Leather Upholstery

 

HD Radio

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Driver Lumbar

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The Veloster is extremely slow when powered by the standard four-cylinder engine. As its name suggests, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo adds a more powerful engine in addition to a variety of luxury features. In addition, it is not steeply-priced and when compared to the base, the buyer requires to pay a premium of $4,500.

2016 Hyundai Veloster Engine and Performance

8.1/10

In the 2016 Hyundai Veloster, the standard powertrain is a 1.6L inline-4 unit that churns out 132 hp and 120lb.-ft of torque. If you don't care about fuel economy than the optional twin-scroll turbocharged version of the standard engine, produces 201 horsepower, which is powerful enough to move the lightweight Veloster with enthusiastic quickness. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; however, buyers can also six- and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions as optional.

The base engine is not that powerful and sprints from 0 to 60mph in 9.5 seconds. The quarter-mile takes 17 seconds and if you want some more grunt then the optional turbocharged powertrain performs better in each test. It takes a little under the 7 seconds mark to hit 60mph. which makes it a better option in the lineup.

Models

2016 Hyundai Veloster

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Mazda 3

MSRP

$18,100

$19,050

$18,095

Engine

1.6L inline-4

2.0L inline-4

2.0L inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

132 hp

158 hp

155 hp

Torque

120 lb.-ft

138 lb.-ft

150 lb.-ft

0-60 MPH

9.5 seconds

7.2 seconds

7.5 seconds

Quarter mile

17.0 seconds

15.5 seconds

16 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

154

125

130

Each hatchback features an inline-4 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drivetrain setup compared to the competitors. While the Honda comes equipped with the most powerful engine option that produces 158hp, the Mazda is the torquiest and churns out 150lb.-ft. Both vehicles are quicker than the Hyundai taking 7.2 and 7.5 seconds to the 60mph mark.

2016 Hyundai Veloster Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster does not return pretty good numbers and the fuel economy is average in its class. The base engine puts out 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with automated manual transmission. With its optional turbocharged engine and manual transmission, the Veloster gets 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Incorporating the turbocharged engine and automatic transmission, the Veloster gets 26/32 mpg. Unlike its efficiency, each trim of the 2016 Veloster makes use of a standard 13.2-gallon fuel tank which is the largest in the segment.

Model

Hyundai Veloster Base

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Mazda 3 (Sport)

MPG (city)

25

31

29

MPG (highway)

33

42

39

MPG (combined)

28

35

33

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

13.2-gallons

12.4-gallons

13.2-gallons

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

In the segment, the 2016Honda Civic Hatchback is the most frugal vehicle on the block averaging a combined efficiency of 35 MPG, however, it sports a less voluminous tank that can hold 12.4-gallons of fuel. On the other hand, the 2016 Mazda 3 manages 33 MPG and has a fuel tank that is similarly sized as the Hyundai.

2016 Hyundai Veloster Interior

7.4/10

The unique door layout of the Veloster allows easy entry for rear passengers and includes two doors on the passenger side and one door on the driver side. The 2016 Hyundai Veloster can seat four people in relative comfort and the front seats are comfortable and have generous lateral support. However, the rear seats do feel a bit cramped.

On the inside, the cabin sports an ergonomic look. The 7-inch touchscreen display sits centrally and gets surrounded by knobs and buttons for easier control. It includes features like cloth upholstery, air conditioning, and sport seats. The availability of a panoramic sunroof improves the airiness on the inside. However, the headroom feels compromised with the sloping roofline and even cargo capacity of 15.5 cubic feet feels substandard.

Model

Hyundai Veloster Base

Honda Civic Hatchback

Mazda 3

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

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

39.0/55.6/43.9

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.6/57.2/42.2

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

35.3/54.0/31.7

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.6/54.4/35.8

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

15.5

25.7

20.2

When compared to the competitors, the 2016 Honda Civic hatchback and 2016 Mazda 3 can seat five passengers each. Though legroom upfront is a tad bit low, the rear seat occupants are supremely comfortable and spacious. In terms of cargo capacity, while the former manages the highest trunk volume of 25.7 cubic feet, the Mazda is marginally behind managing 20.2 cubic feet.

Some of the standard and optional interior features include:

  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Cloth/Leather Upholstery
  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Pass-through and split-folding rear seat

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2016 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster features a standard 7-inch touchscreen unit that is easy to use and comes equipped with a large number of features even from the base variant. These specifications include Pandora Internet Radio, CD Player, and Bluetooth Connectivity. The central screen gets connected to the rearview camera and the navigation system. It also provides access to Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which makes it ultra-modern.

Some of the salient infotainment features include:

  • Satellite Radio
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Wireless Cell Phone hookup
  • MP3 Player
  • CD Player

2016 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

6.0/10

The Hyundai Veloster looks ultra-modern with its strong line coupe-like rear fascia. Turbo versions pump up the look with a huge grille, standard fog lights, available red exterior accents, and larger twin tailpipes. It's fair to say the Veloster is like nothing else in the Hyundai lineup and nothing else on the market.

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster is the smallest in overall dimensions. It is 166.1 inches long, 70.5 inches wide, and sports a total height of 55.1 inches. Its clearance from the ground of 5.6 inches and wheelbase of 104.3 inches is comparable with the segment. Visually, however, it does look beefy with an undeniable road presence.

Model

Hyundai Veloster Base

Honda Civic Hatchback

Mazda 3

curb weight(lbs)

2679

2739

2869

Length(in)

166.1

176.9

180.3

Width(in)

70.5

70.8

70.7

Height(in)

55.1

54.9

53.3

Ground clearance(in)

5.6

5.1

6.1

Wheelbase(in)

104.3

106.3

106.3

When compared to the competitors, the 2016 Mazda 3 is the heaviest vehicle in the segment weighing 2,869 lbs, while the Hyundai is the lightest having a total curb weight of 2,679 lbs. While the Mazda is the longest in the segment measuring 180.3 inches and sports best-in-class ground clearance of 6.1 inches, the 2016 Honda Civic is the widest measuring 54.9 inches. R Surprisingly, both hatchbacks have a similar wheelbase of 106.3 inches and are precisely two inches longer than the 2016 Veloster.

Some of the salient exterior features include:

  • Sun/moonroof
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lamps
  • 17/18-inch alloy wheels

2016 Hyundai Veloster Safety

8.2/10

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster comes equipped with a large number of standard safety features that make it safe and reliable. While its NHTSA ratings are top-notch and it manages 5-stars, the IIHS ratings have a different story to tell. It comes equipped with six standard airbags, brake assist, anti-lock brakes. Some of the other infotainment features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Back-Up Camera

2016 Hyundai Veloster Final Verdict

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster has an eye-catching exterior design and a low-price tag. But it lacks the refinement on road imperfections. Its cabin is smaller than its competitors and with a cramped rear seat and constrained trunk capacity, the Veloster loses ground against the competitors. Don't let the low price tag fool you; other affordable compact cars offer both popular features and satisfying performance.