So I had one of these (In the Turbo trim level) for roughly a year, and can say that while it was a very enjoyable car to own, be sure to consider other options if you need practicality and/or perform...
So I had one of these (In the Turbo trim level) for roughly a year, and can say that while it was a very enjoyable car to own, be sure to consider other options if you need practicality and/or performance, as this car is somewhat short on both.
The 3 door layout is fun, and certainly unique but can wear on you quick if you constantly need access to the back seats. I carry a work laptop in my backpack all the time, so I had to constantly go to the opposite side of the car if I needed anything out of it. And that is not to speak of the pretty much nearly useless legroom in the rear seats. That being said, you essentially get a coupe feeling car with hatchback sensibilities, just don't expect it to be as useful as a full on hatchback.
Nor don't expect it to be as sporty as a coupe either; the Veloster Turbo has a primitive and average suspension setup that while is decently comfortable for the passengers (and more comfortable than the Focus ST I owned after this) it is not very performance oriented. You will find that it has excessive amounts of body roll, but cornering ability is improved on the '14 models onwards thanks to the addition of electronic torque vectoring. With the car only making around 200hp in its top performance trim, you will find it simply enough, and no more. If you are interested in the aftermarket, be warned; this vehicle has a reputation of suffering from spontaneous engine failure, not even to speak of how prone to LSPI it is. The aftermarket is also very limited, with various parts makers overstating how much power can be squeezed out of the little 1.6l turbo it comes with.
If you are considering a Veloster, absolutely look into the Turbo model. It comes standard with everything you would want in the standard Veloster, and its not the "sports car" that it might lead you to believe, and I feel this is the best trim package for the standard buyer. The R-Spec comes with a bit less and is clearly geared for the enthusiast, with it being only offered with a standard transmission rather than the 7 speed DCT, so be aware of that.
If you are considering used, the '13 models are the most prone to engine failure, with each consecutive year improving the reliability a bit. Also consider that if you need an automatic, the 13-15' model years have a traditional 6 speed auto (that I owned) and it performs decently for what it is. I cannot speak for the 6 speed manual, or the new 7 speed DCT that is available from '16 onwards.