2020 Hyundai Veloster

MSRP $18,600

Ranked #1 in Midsize Hatchback

7.9

Overall Rating

2020 Hyundai Veloster Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 6, 2021

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Karan Rawat 

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The second-gen Hyundai Veloster is back for the year 2020, with a couple of minor changes. To make a name for itself in its niche, Hyundai tries and makes it a point to rehash the Veloster minorly every year. Carried forward evidently, the only set of changes brought about are set to the tune of the adored manual transmission no longer being offered with the Turbo Ultimate trim. Whereas features in the form of wireless charging and blind-spot monitoring system being made standard in Turbo and R-Spec variants respectively.

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 the rather unconventional Veloster performance hatch with weird quirks such as its three-door style. Starting off at an MSRP of $18,800, the Hyundai Veloster comes with two engine options- a standard 2.0L NA and a 1.6L turbocharged engine carrying out its power duties.

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Pros

Powerful turbocharged engine

Sporty handling dynamics

User-friendly infotainment

Cons

Base engine lacks power

Limited rear visibility

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

New gloss black exterior accents

Turbo and Turbo Ultimate trims get Wireless charging

R-Spec gets Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18600

bodystyle

3dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 ft-lb. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

166.9 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

2822 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

109.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

1047 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$18,600 onwards

Turbo$25,450 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Veloster in Chalk White color
Chalk White

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

9.0

Features

8.4

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

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 areas have improved, thanks to its multilink suspension and the refined 1.6L turbocharged engine.

You must be pretty familiar with the Veloster's turbocharged motor, but the bigger 2.0L naturally aspirated unit 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. Now despite the different engines on offer, the Veloster gets the same fuel efficiency. The cabin is serene and is stuffed with a plethora of technology inside. The rivals of the Veloster include the likes of the Honda Civic Sport, Toyota Corolla SE hatch, and the Ford Fiesta ST.


8.4/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Hyundai Veloster Features

8.4/10

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster is segregated into five trims, namely 2.0 Base, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Ultimate. While the base trims, "2.0 Base" and "2.0 Premium" feature a bigger NA unit under the hood, the rest of the trims feature a smaller yet more powerful turbocharged motor. The base trims lack any excitement under the hood, which is why it's the top-three trims that provide you with sheer power for the price. 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 the pedestrian detection system, and a lot more.

Trims

Veloster 2.0 Base

2.0 Premium

Turbo R-Spec

Turbo

Turbo Ultimate

MSRP(Manual)

$18,800

N/A

$23,350

N/A

N/A

MSRP(Automatic)

$19,800

$23,000

N/A

$25,650

$28,150

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Premium cloth seating surfaces Perforated leather steering wheel 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 of 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     Heads-up Display
  Split-center exhaust outlet Dual center exhaust outlets     Rain-sensing wipers

We Recommend

If you are thinking of buying a 2020 Hyundai 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 smooth automatic transmission. It also adds lots of standard tech and features, hence making each and every minute you spend in it worth it.

2020 Hyundai Veloster Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Veloster's turbo engine is respectably strong, and the manual transmission works well - Edmunds

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster comes with two engine options, which are potent in their own respective way. Better than its rivals in every which way possible, the 2020 Veloster comes with a standard 2.0L naturally Aspirated engine setup that puts out 147 hp and a maximum torque of 132 lb-ft. This is available with the Base 2.0, and 2.0 Premium trims. Then there is the optional 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, available solely with the R-Spec, and Turbo trims. This particular engine setup pushes out an even impressive 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The Veloster also comes in numerous transmission setups. While the 6-speed manual setup is standard, an optional 6-speed automatic is also on offer. Then there is also the much more athletic and smooth seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission available solely with the Turbo variants. All of the said transmission sends the power down to the front wheels. The Veloster produces the highest amount of horses with its little 1.6-liter engine and the Ford Fiesta ST takes the second spot.

The outright power output from the turbocharged engine is impressive, as it only takes 6.4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. This is with the R-Spec variant, whereas the Turbo variant does it in 6.6 seconds. Quarter-mile is achieved in under 15 seconds. If there is one thing the Veloster can be known for is the outright athletic handling dynamics it delivers. Backed by an independent multi-link suspension setup, sports exhaust, and an impressive chassis, the Veloster is definitely quite agile around corners.

Models

2020 Hyundai Veloster

2020 Ford Fiesta ST

2020 Honda Civic Sport hatchback

2020 Toyota Corolla hatchback

MSRP

$23,350

$22,215

$23,145

$21,095

Engine

1.6L turbocharged Inline-4

1.6L turbocharged Inline-4

1.5L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

201 hp @ 6000 RPM

197 hp @ 6000 RPM

174 hp @ 6000 RPM

168 hp @ 6600 RPM

Torque

195 ft-lbs @ 1500 RPM

202 ft-lbs @ 4200 RPM

162 ft-lbs @ 1700 RPM

155 ft-lbs @ 4800 RPM

0-60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

7.1 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

14.8 sec

14.5 sec

15.2 sec

16.0 sec

 

 

The 2020 Veloster scores the shortest stopping distance at 110 ft. 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.

2020 Hyundai Veloster Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster, with the 2.0L NA engine in place, is rated at 25 MPG in the city and 33 miles to the gallon out on the highway. This is with the 6-speed automatic transmission on offer. Opt for the turbocharged engine unit and the Veloster is rated at 26-28 miles to the gallon in the city and 33-34 miles to the gallon out on the highway, depending on the transmission in place.

Model

2020 Hyundai Veloster

2020 Ford Fiesta ST

2020 Honda Civic Sport hatchback

2020 Toyota Corolla hatchback

MPG (city)

27

25

29

28

MPG (highway)

33

32

38

37

MPG (combined)

29

28

33

31

Fuel Capacity 13.2 gallons 12.4 gallons 12.4 gallons 13.2 gallons

The Veloster N, on the other hand, is a mighty guzzler, with it being rated at 22 and 29 MPG in the city and highway respectively. The Veloster uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that uses Atkinson-Cycle for high efficiency and lower emissions. The Honda Civic is the most fuel-efficient here with 33 MPG combined. The Veloster bags one of the last spots in the segment because of the higher power output.

2020 Hyundai Veloster Interior

8.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster sticks with its asymmetrical doors, and amps up interior quality - Car Connection

The interior of the previous iterations of the Veloster which is inspired by the Hyundai Kona is almost unchanged but has been catered to new levels of quality. The Hyundai Veloster despite being smaller in dimensions has a spacious cabin just like other rivals. The driver-focused cabin layout has well-bolstered seats in the front, which keep you comfortable every time you take on a fastback corner.

Coming onto the rear seats, average-sized adults can sit inside comfortably, although boarders above 6 ft, might find it to be a bit claustrophobic inside. Now as there is only one door in the rear, ingress and degree turn out to be quite difficult. Depending on the trims, the color schemes also change, with the Turbo variant getting updated sporty stitching with the seats. Coming onto the infotainment front, the 2020 Veloster comes with an impressively intuitive 8-inch touchscreen system with in-built navigation. it responds well to inputs and does it without any lag.

Model

2020 Hyundai Veloster

2020 Ford Fiesta ST

2020 Honda Civic Sport hatchback

2020 Toyota Corolla hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.1/56.0/42.6

39.1/52.7/43.6

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.4/53.9/42.0

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

35.9/54.3/34.1

37.2/49.0/31.2

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.6/54.5/29.9

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

19.9

10.1

22.6

17.8

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster offers a massive 19.9 cu. ft of cargo space, behind the rear seats. This is more than a majority of rivals out there. Plus the Veloster also comes with plenty of interior storage spaces for your everyday belongings.

Some of the infotainment features included in the 2020 Veloster interior are-

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • 8-speaker Infinity Premium Sound System

Interior Features

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • leather upholstery
  • Interior Cargo Shade
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Trip Computer
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power and Heated Mirrors
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror

2020 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

8.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster is intentionally different, consciously quirky and designed to stand out from the crowd – Autotrader.com

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster is one of the most impressive-looking hatchbacks in the segment. Sturdy, athletic dimensions, backed by a scintillating side profile filled with character lines, is what make the Veloster click. it has a unique 3 door silhouette, which seems quirky at first but practicality-wise not so much. It also has a fastback design layout, which hardly robs of the rear space headroom.

The front is dominated by a long hood space followed by a huge aggressive grille structure. Partnering it at the corners are two symmetrical yet sleek LED headlights with included DRLs. The front also gets functional air splitters. The rear is dominated by sleek-looking LED taillights, followed by chrome-laden dual exhausts at the bottom. Come the year 2020, the Hyundai Veloster replaces the normal black front grille and exterior accents with gloss black shade.

Model

2020 Hyundai Veloster

2020 Ford Fiesta ST

2020 Honda Civic Sport hatchback

2020 Toyota Corolla hatchback

Curb weight (lbs.)

2833

2742

2870

3060

Length(in)

166.9

160.1

177.9

169.9

Height(in)

70.9

67.8

70.8

69.9

Width(in)

55.1

57.2

56.3

57.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.6

6.1

6.7

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

98.0

106.3

103.9

Some of the exterior features on offer are-

  • LED headlights with DRLs
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Rain Sensing wipers
  • Rear spoiler with LED brake lights
  • Sports exhausts

2020 Hyundai Veloster Safety

8.0/10

Hyundai delivers its offerings with some of the best-in-class safety tech. This also includes the 2020 Veloster, as for this year, it also gets plenty of additional safety features as standard. For instance, both Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems come standard with the R-Spec variant, whereas the Turbo Ultimate variant adds in the Pedestrian detection system as standard. Coming onto the crash-test scores, the NHTSA gave it a 4 on 5-star rating, whereas the IIHS rewarded it with an overall "Good" rating.

Some of the standard safety features on offer with the Hyundai Veloster are-

  • Driver's blind spot mirror
  • Vehicle Stability Management with Traction Control System
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Rear cross-traffic alert systems
  • Forward Collision warning system
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning

2020 Hyundai Veloster Competition

8.0/10

2020 Hyundai Veloster vs 2020 Toyota Corolla

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is a pretty good car in terms of outright reliability and safety systems, but when it comes to performance figures, the Veloster's 1.6L turbocharged unit is surely the best out of both.

Although, on coming to the interior part, Corolla does have a better rear cabin space than the claustrophobic one in the Veloster. Nevertheless, the feature list in the Veloster is much better. The Toyota Corolla is certainly cheaper than the Hyundai offering.

2020 Hyundai Veloster vs 2020 Honda Civic

Probably the closest competitor to the Veloster, the Honda Civic is certainly right up there with the best. Available in a variety of body styles, the Civic hatchback is certainly the most adored amongst the rest.

Both have potent engines, but when it comes to the ride and handling dynamics, the Veloster is definitely the winner. The interior space offered is also right up there, although, the Civic is certainly more practical than the Veloster.

 

2020 Hyundai Veloster Final Verdict

The 2020 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 running its power duties, and also because it aids in making the Veloster one of the fastest cars in the segment. 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. So to sum it up, for the asking price of $19,000, there isn't much to complain about.

2020 Hyundai Veloster FAQs

What are the different exterior shades offered with the Hyundai Veloster?

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster is offered in about 5 different shades, namely Phantom Black, Chalk White, Thunder Gray, Sunset Orange, and Space Gray.

How fast is the Veloster from 0-60 MPH?

While the 2.0L naturally aspirated engine-powered Hyundai Veloster does the 0-60 MPH run in 8.6 seconds, the turbocharged powered setup brings the time below 7 seconds. The Veloster R-Spec, with the manual setup, takes 6.4 seconds, while the Turbo variant with the 7-speed DCT takes 6.6 seconds.

What takes care of the audio duties of the 2020 Veloster?

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster's audio duties are taken care of by a premium 8-speaker Infinity audio system.

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