2019 Hyundai Veloster

MSRP $18,500

Ranked #4 in Hatchback

7.1

Overall Rating

2019 Hyundai Veloster Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Hyundai decided to skip the 2018 Veloster, to give it a thorough refresh so that it gets a second chance in the competitive market of hatchbacks. The 2019 Veloster steps in with a newly designed fascia that looks even sportier than before and is an overhaul that can work wonders for the brand. It comes in a total of 5 trims, meaning that there is a perfect trim for each individual buyer. 

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Pros

Distinct 3-Door design

New sporty exterior design

Powerful turbocharged engine

Dedicated steering function

Cozy cabin feels

Cons

Feeble base engine

Hindered rear visibility

Fewer trims and options

Absence of power-adjustable seats

What's New?

Revamped Exterior design 

Improved cabin setup with more features and better space

New 2.0L inline-4 base engine now available

Enhanced safety specifications


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18500

bodystyle

3dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

166.9 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

2701 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

109.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

1047 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

highway range

494.0 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$18,500 onwards

Turbo R-Spec$22,900 onwards

Turbo$25,400 onwards

Turbo Ultimate$26,650 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Hyundai Veloster in Racing Red color
Racing Red

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 Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.9

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.2

Competition

7.4

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


The standard 2.0 variant is powered by a 2L Inline-4 engine which offers respectable power. The exterior styling is sporty and distinct. What’s noteworthy is, even though it is a 3-door hatchback, the cabin is practical yet pleasing with several features. 2019 Hyundai Veloster ranks 13th in the segment and is rivaled by the likes of Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback, Honda Civic Sport, and Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback.


6.9/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.2/10
Safety

7.4/10
Competition


2019 Hyundai Veloster Features

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster comes in 5 different trims: 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, and Turbo Ultimate. The base price starts from $18,500 and can reach a worth of $28,150 for the top-end trim. One can sail through a couple of engine options, the maker offers a 2L inline-4 and a 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 engine.

There are several features packed in the 2019 Hyundai Veloster base trim, however as one progresses towards the higher trims, the number increases or the existing set of features upgrades. Here are some of the highlight-worthy features: 1.6 L Turbo in-4 with 7-speed DCT, Drive Mode Select, Sports Tuned Suspension, LED DRLs with Auto Projector Lights, 18˝ Michelin summer performance tires, 4.2˝ color LCD multi-information instrument cluster, advanced safety features, premium sound system by Infinity, and many more.

Trim

2.0

2.0 Premium

Turbo R-Spec

Turbo

Turbo Ultimate

MSRP (Manual)

$18,500

NA

$22,900

NA

$26,650

MSRP (Automatic)

$19,500

$22,750

NA

$25,400

$28,150

Key Features

Drive Mode Select

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

Sport-tuned suspension, steering, and exhaust sound with larger front brakes

Power heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators

Leather seating surfaces

 

3.5˝ multi-information display

Infinity Premium Sound System

LED headlights and taillights

Perforated leather steering wheel

Heads-up Display

 

Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

Blue Link Connected Car System

Turbo front grille and rear spoiler

Driver seat power-adjustable lumbar support

FCA with Pedestrian Detection

 

60/40 split fold-flat rear seats

4.2˝ color LCD multi-information display

Dual center exhaust outlets

Sun/moonroof

Smart Cruise Control (DCT only)

 

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

18˝ Michelin summer performance tires

Climate Control 

Rain-sensing wipers

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 

Automatic temperature control with auto-defogging

High Beam Assist

Heated Front Seats 

8˝ touchscreen navigation/audio system

 

Driver Attention Warning

Heated front seats

Alloy sport pedals

Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors

HD Radio

Which Trim should you buy?

If you spare some time and happen to take a look to peek at the features the trims offer, it's worth it for you to prefer the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate, as it comes packed with a better engine, better comfort features, better upholsteries and lastly, there is a hefty amount of optional features which you can avail. What makes the Turbo Ultimate a preference is the presence of the best-in-class safety features. At the end of the day, safety counts.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Engine and Performance

6.9/10

The 2019 Veloster is powered by a newly engineered 2L inline-4 engine compared to the previous 1.6L inline-4. and is coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. It generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The power provided is satisfactory and aids the car to propel through daily life easily. The base engine can get the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.5 seconds and help reach a quarter-mile in 16.4 seconds. However, if you find the base engine a tad bit slow, sloppy, and hesitant, the alternate turbocharged engine option could come as a relief. 

The other engine option is a 1.6L Turbocharged inline-4 which produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It pushes the vehicle to reach 0-60MPH in 6.2 seconds and helps cover a quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds. However, if you are looking for an extremely powerful hatchback that pushes you into your seats as you put your foot on the throttle, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N can be an alluring proposition.

Models 

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback

MSRP

$22,900

$21,340

$22,250

$23,140

Engine

1.6L Turbocharged inline-4

1.6L Turbocharged inline-4

1.5L Turbocharged inline-4

2L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power 

201hp @ 6000 rpm

197hp @ 6000 rpm

180hp @ 5500 rpm

168hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque 

195lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

202lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

177lb-ft @ 1900 rpm

155lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.2

6.5

7.2

7.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.7

14.9

15.4

16

Top-Speed (MPH)

148

144

142

N/A

Let’s consider the pricing first, the 2019 Toyota Corolla is the most expensive hatchback here, while the Ford Fiesta being the least expensive one, as they are made in the USA itself, while the others are imported. The Veloster offers the best performance, but the Fiesta being the least expensive offers similar performance and is rated at 197hp and 202 lb.-ft of torque. The Corolla XSE trails behind because of the regular inline-4 engine in place of a turbocharged unit available with the competitors. The torquey nature of the Ford allows it to cover the 60mph sprint in 6.5 seconds followed by the Honda Civic hatchback and Corolla XSE taking 7.2 and 7.5 seconds, respectively. In the quarter-mile run as well, each contemporary car assumes similar positions.

How well does the 2019 Hyundai Veloster handle?

The 2019 Veloster has been completely re-designed. It now comes with better maneuverability. The steering is now even more responsive and sharp and the manual transmission helps in offering an engaging driving experience. Moreover, the car comes equipped with independent front strut suspensions with anti-roll bars in the front and a multi-link suspension in the back, which offers stability to the car and soaks shocks and jerks on bad roads. 

The presence of Drive Mode Select is helpful as it aids the driver with situation-specific driving dynamics. Inside the city, it’s polite and loyal and maintains excellent attitudes. However, on the highway, the turbocharged engine breathes well but maintains a balanced personality. The conservative 2L in-4 engine performs everyday tasks well. The engine feels smooth and pleasant. On the other hand, the 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 engine performs well and offers a smooth and supple drive. 

Braking Performance

2019 Veloster comes equipped with 11” disc brakes in the front and 10.3” at the rear. To further complement the braking performance, it also comes with ABS, EBD, and Emergency Brake Assist. The brakes are effective and help the car slow down from 60 to 0 mph in a short distance of 111 feet. Despite being marginally heavier than most of its competitors, Hyundai manages to shine brightly in the aspect.

Models

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback

Front Brake Rotors (inches)

12

10.9

11.1

11.5

Rear Brake Rotors (inches)

10.3

10

10.2

10.5

Curb weight (lbs.)

2921

2720

2871

3060

60-0MPH (feet)

111

120

115

131

The 2019 Honda Civic Sport manages class-competing performance coming to a halt in 115ft. It uses 11.1-inch brake rotors at the front and 10.2-inch brake rotors at the back, which are one of the larger units available in the segment. While Toyota’s brakes are almost similarly sized as its competitors, it performs underwhelmingly in the aspect by coming to a halt in 131ft. The lightweight Ford Fiesta, on the other hand, takes a longer distance than expected.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Fuel Economy

6.0/10

2019 Hyundai Veloster comes equipped with a 2L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine in the base trims. Though it churns out comparably less power, it offers good fuel economy and keeps the emissions in check. The 2L engine returns 25/33/25 in city/highway/combined driving cycles, respectively. Opting for the Turbo variant improves the fuel economy and it returns 29MPG combined. The hatchback sports a standard 13.2-gallon fuel tank which is the largest in the segment and helps to manage 243/435/382 miles in the city, on the highway, and when combining the driving dynamics of both.

Models 

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback

MPG (City)

26

25

29

28

MPG (Highway)

33

32

38

37

MPG (Combined)

29

28

33

31

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

12.4

12.4 

13.2

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined, in miles)

343/435/382

310/396/347

359.6/471/409

369/488/409

The 2019 Civic Sport offers the best in class mileage with an exemplary driving range despite being admirable in performance. Equate its combined efficiency of 33 MPG with its adequately sized tank of 12.4 gallons and you get the best-in-class combined range of 409 miles. As mentioned above in the performance section, the Corolla trails at the bottom in terms of performance. But, that’s not the tale’s end, due to the feeble engine performance, the efficiency section shines. It averages 31 MPG and covers a class-leading range similar to Honda. While fuel efficiency is appreciable, the Ford Fiesta does lose out when compared directly to the competitors. 

2019 Hyundai Veloster Interior

8.2/10

The 2019 Veloster also comes with a newly curated interior. The sporty Veloster houses a cabin that is sumptuous, spacious, and comfortable. The cabin can accommodate 4 people with adequate head, legroom. Moreover, 5 people can sit, but it can lead to an unpleasant experience. The seats are wrapped with premium quality cloth for the base trim, but in the higher variants, leather upholstery is a standard inclusion. The seats are well padded, comfortable, wide, and rigid. Compared to the previous models, the driver’s seat of the 2019 MY is placed slightly upright, which offers the driver a commanding view of the road ahead. The driver seats are power-adjustable and the front seats also come with a heating function.

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster interiors have a zing to them. The dashboard is mainly built with good quality plastics which feels premium and tough. It houses the leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise control settings and other essential control buttons, a gear shifter, AC, and climate control. One of the attributes where the hatchback shines is the available trunk space of 19.9 cubic feet. It takes care of belongings, luggage, and other essential items with ease. The rear seats come with a 60/40 split potential and can be folded to get a massive 44.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Models

2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback

Seating capacity

4

5

5

5

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

38.1/56/42.6

39.1/52.7/42.2

39.3/57/42.3

38.4/54/42

Rear row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

35.9/54.3/34.1

37.2/49/31.2

37.4/55/36

38/54.4/29.9

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

19.9

10.1

22.6

17.8

Veloster is the only hatchback with a 4 seater space, while others come as 5 seaters. In terms of passenger space and trunk capacity, the Honda Civic is the clear winner, followed by the Veloster. While both the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST and 2019 Toyota Corolla XSE have ample space up front, the rear seats feel cramped and three occupants in the rear seat might not be the best. The most practical hatchback, the Civic, also leads in terms of cargo capacity having a trunk volume of 22.6 cubic feet. On the other hand, Ford and Toyota have smaller capacity managing 10.1 and 17.8 cubic feet, respectively.

Standout interior features:

  • Heated front seats
  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Perforated Leather, Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
  • Automatic temperature control with auto-defogging.
  • Power adjusted driver seat
  • Heads-up Display.
  • 60/40 split fold-flat rear seats.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

A 7” TFT display with 6 speakers comes standard, however, you can avail yourself of the better 8” high-resolution touch LCD placed like a docked tablet, which supports AM/FM/Radio and comes with 8-speakers. The IU supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth Handsfree with voice commands, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Blue Link Connected Car System.

An Additional premium sound system with a sound woofer by Infinity is available which can enhance music hearing experiences. In case you run out of power, the IU offers a couple of USB ports that support charging along with a wireless charging pad and a 12V power outlet.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 8˝ touchscreen navigation/audio system
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice commands
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Blue Link Connected Car System
  • 6-Speakers Premium Music System with subwoofers by Infinity
  • Dual port USB charging
  • Wireless Charging Pad

2019 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

7.0/10

Hyundai skipped the 2018 model to redesign the Veloster hatchback. Compared to the previous model, the new one looks sporty and smart. The new exterior design makes it one of the most desirable hatches in the competition. The 2019 Veloster comes equipped with LED DRLs with Auto Protector Headlights, assisted by sleek-looking LED taillights. The newly fitted turbo front grille which sits between the headlights enhances the sporty nature of the car, followed by the rear spoiler which works as subtle elements for enhancing the car’s appeal.

Apart from these, the car comes fitted with Dual center exhaust outlets which suit the car’s personality and the black two-tone roof adds the final spice. A wide variety of alloy wheels can assist the wheel arcs- a 17” alloy wheel comes standard, but additionally, you can avail yourself of the 18” sporty alloy wheels which will complete your car’s appeal.

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster dimensions and proportions lie midway in the segment. While it is one of the heavier cars available in the market at 2,921 lbs, it is shorter than most of its rivals and sports a wheelbase of 166.9 inches. It is, however, the widest in the segment measuring 70.9 inches. Its total height and ground clearance of 55.1 and 5.6 inches, respectively, make it an apt fit in the segment. 

Models

2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2921

2720

2871

3060

Length (inches)

166.9

160.1

177.9

172

Width (inches)

70.9

67.8

70.8

70.5

Height (inches)

55.1

57.2

56.3

57.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.6

N/A

6.4

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

104.3

98

106.3

103.9

Starting with the curb weight first, the Corolla XSE is the heftiest while, the Fiesta being on the lighter side weighing 3,060 and 2,720 lbs respectively. In terms of length, the 2019 Civic leads measuring 177.9 inches and also sports the longest wheelbase of 106.3 inches. It also has the best ground clearance of 6.4 inches. While both Ford and Toyota are taller than their competitors, they have smaller wheelbases in comparison.

Standout exterior features:

  • Sporty 18˝ Alloy Wheels
  • LED DRLs with Automatic projector headlights
  • Turbo front grille and rear spoiler
  • Power tilt-and-slide wide sunroof
  • Black two-tone roof
  • Rear spoiler with LED brake light
  • 18˝ Michelin summer performance tires

2019 Hyundai Veloster Safety

8.2/10

The 2019 Veloster comes blessed with most of the latest safety features available in the market. All four wheels come fitted with ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist which comes in handy. Certain active safety features like a forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and driver attention warning are now offered as standard and merit crash avoidance for overall safety. While it has not been rated by the NHTSA, the hatchback receives top-notch ratings in all aspects by IIHS except its headlights that range from “Acceptable” to “Poor” depending on the trim one opts for. 

Standout safety features of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • FCA with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Smart Cruise Control
  • High Beam Assist

2019 Hyundai Veloster Competition

7.4/10

2019 Hyundai Veloster vs 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

There are reasons why Hyundai wins here. It comes equipped with a 1.6L Turbo in-4 engine which offers class-leading mileage, where the Ford trails. It has good performance figures, a bigger trunk, more fuel capacity and comes with an exceptional braking ability. However, the 2019 Ford Fiesta hatchback is a smaller car that is easier to handle in the city, packs some of the latest features, and has a wide range of options and packages, where the latter lags.

2019 Hyundai Veloster vs 2019 Honda Civic Sport

This comparison should be interesting as both of the makers offer a well-appreciated value-for-money vehicle. However, taking a peek at the comparison and specs, it's certain that the 2019 Honda Civic hatchback is well ahead of the latter in terms of mileage, range, interior space, and presence of a wide number of standard features and optional packages. But in terms of practicality, the Hyundai remains ahead. Both of them are distinct in their manners, and a matter of one’s taste/ preference.

2019 Hyundai Veloster vs 2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback

It’s a clear win for the Veloster as its engine performs miles better than the latter. It also offers a spacious and well-curated interior, big trunk space, and sporty looks. There are bright sides to the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback too, as it offers a better set of standard features and optional packages compared to Hyundai. With a similar-sized fuel tank, it offers better efficiency figures and an impressive range. 

2019 Hyundai Veloster Final Verdict

With the newly designed fascia and newly fitted cabin, the 2019 Veloster steps into the hatchback market with most of its flaws fixed or improved. The car offers a couple of engines with one being efficient and the other inclined towards performance. Moreover, the efficient engine keeps up the good figures and a respectable range. Being priced below $19,000, the car should be a good find as it packs a practical set of features and comes with some crucial safety features and driver-assistance aids. Happen to buy the upper trims, well it’s an impressive choice as the 2019 Hyundai Veloster packs best in class features which should impress you and justify itself.

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