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2020 Hyundai Veloster

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2020 2.0 3dr Hatchback w/6-Speed Manual
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Price:   -  From $18,800
2020 2.0 3dr Hatchback w/6-Speed Automatic Price:   -  From $19,800
2020 2.0 Premium 3dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,000
2020 Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,350
2020 Turbo 3dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $25,650
2020 N 3dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $27,600
2020 Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $28,350


Now in its second year after being all new for the 2019 model year, the 2020 Hyundai Veloster only gets minor changes. The six-speed manual transmission is no longer an option on the Turbo Ultimate trim. Both the Turbo and Turbo Ultimate trims get wireless charging as part of their standard equipment. Lastly, the Turbo R-Spec gets rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring as standard.

These changes are exactly revolutionary, and they don’t do much to improve the Veloster’s recipe, but the little hatchback doesn’t need much. It’s still as quirky as ever, standing out on the market thanks to its three-door design, its Veloster N guise that's a rip to drive, and it being an excellent value proposition when you consider its standard equipment.

Hyundai Veloster

Choosing Your Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai offers the Veloster in six trims: 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, N, and Turbo Ultimate. Pricing starts at $19,520 including destination for the base 2.0 and goes up to $29,070 for the Turbo Ultimate.

Engine Choices

Every Hyundai Veloster is offered with a four-cylinder engine, though three different versions are available. While the Veloster N's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the clear choice if you want performance, it’s the 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder that'll be the happy medium for the majority of consumers.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder147 hp132 lb-ft30 mpg
1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder201 hp195 lb-ft30 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp260 lb-ft25 mpg

Front-wheel drive is standard throughout the range, while all-wheel drive isn't available. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.0, Turbo R-Spec, and Veloster N. A six-speed automatic is standard on the 2.0 Premium, and available for $1,000 on the 2.0. Turbo and Turbo Ultimate models come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

All Velosters can seat up to four in a 2+2 layout. With the sloping roofline and short wheelbase, cargo capacity isn’t exactly stellar in the hatchback. With the rear seats in place, the Veloster has 19.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the seats down and that opens up to 44.5 cubic feet.

Those numbers trail the Volkswagen Golf and the sporty Golf GTI, which offer 22.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a total of 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Hyundai Veloster

Safety Features

For an affordable hatchback, the Veloster comes with a good list of standard safety features. Forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, and automatic emergency braking are standard.

Moving up to the 2.0 Premium brings blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. If you want more features, you have to go all the way to the range-topping Turbo Ultimate trim to get forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control as standard.


A 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster are standard. Higher trims come with an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, voice recognition, Hyundai’s Blue Link system, wireless charging, and a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display.

Extra standard connectivity features that are only found on the Turbo Ultimate include a head-up display, Hyundai Blue Link Guidance, an HD radio, and navigation. These features are all standard on the trim.

Hyundai Veloster

2.0 - From $19,520

Automatic LED headlights, heated exterior mirrors, and 17-inch wheels are standard on the Veloster 2.0. The interior features a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

2.0 Premium - From $23,720

The 2.0 Premium comes with 18-inch wheels and a sunroof. The most noticeable differences are on the inside, as the trim comes with heated front seats, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, automatic temperature control, and remote keyless entry with push-button start.

Turbo R-Spec - From $24,070

The Turbo R-Spec is the most affordable trim to come with the turbocharged engine. Performance wise, it comes with stickier Michelin tires. Other extra standard features include LED taillights, unique cloth upholstery, and alloy pedals.

Turbo - From $26,370

The Veloster Turbo comes with power-adjustable lumbar support, an auto-defogging windshield, and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

N - From $28,320

As the sportiest model in the family, the N comes with a rev-matching feature, torque vectoring control, drive mode select, sport-tuned steering, high-performance summer tires, adaptive suspension, and a more aggressive body kit. The interior has bespoke sport seats.

Buyers can increase the N's abilities with the $2,100 Performance Package. It adds 19-inch wheels, a variable exhaust system, a limited-slip differential, Pirelli performance tires, and larger brakes. Power is also increased to 275 hp.

Turbo Ultimate - From $29,070

Over the Turbo trim, the range-topping Turbo Ultimate brings a two-tone roof and leather upholstery, on top of the aforementioned safety and connectivity features.

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CarsDirect Tip

Fun, affordable, and well equipped, the 2020 Hyundai Veloster is more than just an entry-level compact vehicle. With the stylish exterior, not going with the turbocharged engine seems like a crime, especially as it gets the same fuel economy as the non-turbo base motor.

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  • Edgy styling
  • Nifty third door
  • Powerful top engines
  • Stiff ride
  • Synthetic steering
  • Dual-clutch transmission can be sloppy
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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Edgy styling. Now in its second generation, the 2020 Hyundai Veloster continues with the edgy styling that won it praise early on. The current version has a broad front end, a mesh-like grille, and swept-back headlights. The available contrasting black roof is a desirable complement.

As before, the Veloster is a three-door hatchback, with an extra door on the passenger side. On Turbo models, a pair of exhaust tips push out from the diffuser. Choose the top-end N model and the body kit is a prominent feature.

Much of the same edgy styling carries over inside, although hard plastics are evident. Piano black trim, brightwork touches, and detailed fabric give the Veloster a "class above" look.

If there is any misgiving we have, it's with the huge blind spots created by the rear roof pillars. With this, you need to become especially adept at using your mirrors when changing lanes and while backing up. Of course, the rearview camera is a big help.

Hyundai Veloster

Ample features for the money. With a starting price under $20,000, the Veloster certainly offers generous standard features for the money. Alloy wheels, full power accessories, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a USB port are all standard.

You'll also find Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility included, something Toyota still hasn't figured out. Even some luxury brands charge extra for these features.

At the top end, the N model comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen display, and an Infinity audio system. These features match what you'd find in certain luxury models.

Standard automatic emergency braking. We're seeing manufacturers add more standard driver-assist safety features and that's always a good thing. Automatic emergency braking is one such feature you'll find on every Veloster model.

You'll also find blind-spot monitoring with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control when you move beyond the base model. In general, the Veloster rates quite well in the safety department for a compact car.

Strong engine choices. The base model features the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower, the same as found in other budget Hyundai models, including the Elantra. Move beyond the base engine, and you'll find a pair of strong choices.

The middle Turbo trim comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 201 hp. Topping the Veloster's three engine family is a specially tuned 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for the N that makes 250 hp, or 275 when equipped with the special Performance Package. This one is ideal for the track and does an excellent job of showcasing Hyundai's performance prowess.

Final thoughts. Hyundai continues to double down on car models even as it releases additional crossovers. The 2020 Hyundai Veloster's low starting cost and punchy N model make it a formidable competitor to the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Hyundai's warranty remains an industry leader, giving consumers one more reason to seriously consider this Korean brand.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 33 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 33 / 29 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
109.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
166.9 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
55.1 "
Front Headroom
38.1 "
Rear Headroom
35.9 "
Front Legroom
42.6 "
Rear Legroom
34.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,822 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
3 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist (lka) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles

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