Review: 2017 Hyundai Veloster


If you want a unique, sporty hatchback that will stand out on the streets of Richmond, you should take the 2017 Hyundai Veloster for a test drive. With an unexpected four-door design and peppy, fuel-efficient engine options, it’s a clever little ride that’s going places. 

There are many reasons to love the Veloster, including a brand new model stocked with premium features. Read our full review, then come talk to us about reserving this popular Hyundai hatchback: 

Features and Tech

The 2017 Veloster comes in four models, including the base, Turbo, Turbo R-Spec, and the all-new Value Edition. The base model has standard 7-inch display audio, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth hands-free phone integration with voice command, and streaming audio. The Value Edition adds Proximity Key entry with push-button start, 7-inch touchscreen navigation, Blue Link Connected Car System, and Dimension premium audio with 8 speakers and subwoofer. 

Additionally, drivers may opt for the Tech Package, which includes a panoramic sunroof, automatic temperature control, touchscreen navigation, Blue Link, Sirius XM Travel Link, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, and a 115-volt power outlet. 

Interior and Styling

At first glance, the Veloster looks like a sport coupe, but look a little closer and you’ll notice a clever third door that blends in behind the passenger’s door to give you easy access to the back seats. Additionally, it features a low, wide hatch design for easy loading and unloading. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats give you best-in-class cargo storage with 34.7 cubic feet. (When rear seats are up, the back has 15.5 cubic feet of space.) 

The base model comes standard with chrome-tipped dual exhaust, LED headlight accents, front fog lights, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and metallic accents. The Turbo model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, front projector headlights, Active Sound Design, aluminum alloy pedals, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, and a ground effects body kit. The Turbo R-Spec features read leatherette seat bolsters and door inserts, red seatbelts, R-Spec badging, and B&M Racing Sport Shifter. 

Performance

Drivers have two engine options when choosing a model of the Veloster: a 1.6-liter inline-4 that makes 132 horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque, or a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. All models have front-wheel drive and a standard 6-speed manual transmission. The standard option is available with a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, while the turbo has an available 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. 

According to EPA estimates, the base engine with manual transmission gets 27 MPG city and 34 MPG highway while the automatic gets 28 MPG city and 35 MPG highway. The turbo with manual transmission gets 25 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, and the turbo automatic gets 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

Pricing

Starting at $18,100 MSRP

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