2016 Hyundai Veloster

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Hyundai Veloster. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    132-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

  • Unique appearance
  • Backup camera standard
  • Alloy wheels standard

The Bad

  • Backseat headroom
  • Rear visibility

Notable Features of the 2016 Hyundai Veloster

  • New performance-oriented Rally Edition
  • New seven-speed dual-clutch transmission available
  • Three-door hatchback with passenger-side rear door
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine available
  • Seven-inch touch-screen standard

2016 Hyundai Veloster Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

All versions of Hyundai's sporty hatchback get minor updates for 2016, and a new Rally Edition also joins the lineup this year.

The 2016 Veloster wears a revised hood, new wheels and a tweaked grille; newly available on Turbo models is a performance-oriented dual-clutch seven-speed automated manual transmission.


ExteriorMinor exterior styling tweaks on regular Veloster models include a new 17-inch wheel design, a revised hood appearance without vent accents and a dark gray grille surround. Turbo models get new 18-inch machined-finish alloy wheels. The new Rally Edition trim gets fake carbon-fiber body accents, specific badges and Matte Blue Paint; it rides on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with performance all-season tires.

InteriorRegular models also see minor changes inside: available black bolster seats with yellow inserts and enhanced functionality from the 7-inch touch-screen system, including HD radio capability, Siri Eyes Free app integration and the next generation of Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system. For Turbo models, the updates are also minor and include available orange-accented seat bolsters and interior trim, and a sportier looking electroluminescent gauge cluster; red seat belts and interior trim are new inside the R-Spec model. The Rally Edition uses a B&M Racing sport shifter and wears Rally Edition floormats and badging along with black leather with blue-accented sport seats.

Under the HoodThe Veloster's powertrains carry ...

Vehicle Overview

All versions of Hyundai's sporty hatchback get minor updates for 2016, and a new Rally Edition also joins the lineup this year.

The 2016 Veloster wears a revised hood, new wheels and a tweaked grille; newly available on Turbo models is a performance-oriented dual-clutch seven-speed automated manual transmission.


ExteriorMinor exterior styling tweaks on regular Veloster models include a new 17-inch wheel design, a revised hood appearance without vent accents and a dark gray grille surround. Turbo models get new 18-inch machined-finish alloy wheels. The new Rally Edition trim gets fake carbon-fiber body accents, specific badges and Matte Blue Paint; it rides on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with performance all-season tires.

InteriorRegular models also see minor changes inside: available black bolster seats with yellow inserts and enhanced functionality from the 7-inch touch-screen system, including HD radio capability, Siri Eyes Free app integration and the next generation of Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system. For Turbo models, the updates are also minor and include available orange-accented seat bolsters and interior trim, and a sportier looking electroluminescent gauge cluster; red seat belts and interior trim are new inside the R-Spec model. The Rally Edition uses a B&M Racing sport shifter and wears Rally Edition floormats and badging along with black leather with blue-accented sport seats.

Under the HoodThe Veloster's powertrains carry over for 2016. Regular models still use the 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine; it makes 138 horsepower with the six-speed manual transmission and 132 hp with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The Veloster Turbo is again powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 201 hp and 195 pounds-feet of torque. New for this engine is an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission with paddle shifters; the six-speed manual transmission is again standard. Spec-R models again use the turbocharged 1.6-liter with the six-speed manual and short-throw shifter.

The new Rally Edition builds off of the already-sporty R-Spec model in terms of powertrain; Hyundai says it has sportier spring, damper and stabilizer bar tuning compared with that model.


Latest 2016 Veloster Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

looks better then what it is

by Gears from Miami fl on October 19, 2018

The software and system inside glitches especially the Bluetooth connection with your phone. Car is comfortable and has a lot of space for a small hatch back. The transmission gets stuck from time to ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I?ve owned

by Lescosta from Newport News, Virginia on October 2, 2018

It?s a good car for a good deal , drives like a dream haha. Beautiful car even though is a used car is still new and very clean. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 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

  • 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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