2015 Hyundai Veloster

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Hyundai Veloster. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Turbo models don't want premium gas
  • Affordability
  • Multimedia system
  • Front-seat adjustment range

The Bad

  • Weak brakes
  • Steering and handling
  • Backseat headroom
  • Rear visibility

Notable Features of the 2015 Hyundai Veloster

  • Three-door hatchback with passenger-side rear door
  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Backup camera standard

What Is the 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is a sports hatchback with front-wheel drive, a choice of four-cylinder engines and three doors - two in front and a passenger-side front-hinged rear door. It competes with vehicles like the Honda CR-Z, Mini Cooper Hardtop and Scion tC. The 2015 Veloster comes in four trims: Base, Turbo R-Spec, RE:FLEX and Turbo.

What's New on the 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster has no significant updates for 2015.

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Compare to Other Sports Hatchbacks?

When it comes to speed, performance and handling, the 2015 Hyundai Veloster lags behind smoother and quicker competitors like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Subaru WRX. More concerning, the Veloster's poor safety ratings lag behind virtually all competitors. Though the 2015 Veloster is an affordable option, performance- and safety-minded shoppers have better choices elsewhere.

What Features in the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Are Most Important?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster comes standard with front-wheel drive and a 1.6-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder engine. It produces 138 horsepower when teamed with a six-speed manual transmission, but that number drops to 132 when paired with the available six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Veloster Turbo uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter making 201 hp and 195 pounds-feet of torque with either transmission, and it employs torque-vectoring to reduce wheelspin. The R-Spec version has unique suspension and steering tuning.

Chrome-tipped exhaust, a rear spoiler, heated side mirrors, LED accent lighting and 17-inch alloy wheels are all standard on the 2015 Veloster. It also gets standard cloth upholstery, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding backseat, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, and a CD stereo with a 7-inch touchscreen, iPod connectivity and an MP3 jack. Available features include fog lights, a panoramic moonroof, a chrome surround and piano-black accents for the grille, 18-inch wheels, push-button start, a navigation system, a Dimension premium stereo, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic air conditioning.

As is required in every new car, the 2015 Veloster comes with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. It also comes standard with a backup camera, side-curtain airbags and side-impact airbags for the front seats. Rear parking sensors are available.

Should I Buy the 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is an affordable choice, so if your budget is the most important factor when buying a sports hatchback, it's worth a look. The multimedia system is also robust for a sporty vehicle of this model year. If cost isn't a big factor, though, you'll be better served by competitors with better steering and handling, better brakes, better backseat comfort, better rear visibility and better safety ratings.

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2015 Hyundai Veloster Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

2015 Veloster Turbo fantastic little car

by OrvNC Veloster Lover from MoyockNC on October 19, 2018

The only issue is the rear set up with the suspension. If you hit a big dip in the road on occasions it can unsettle the rear momentarily. Tyres aren?t the best standard issue. Read full review

(5.0)

Great and fun car to drive.

by BHS from Honolulu, Hawaii on August 6, 2018

Nice. Good color (Pearl Grey or White or something like that) Has much more power than I expected. I?m starting to like the cars style. The interior is very nice too. My first used car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Hyundai Veloster Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Hyundai
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Veloster received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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