2019 Hyundai Veloster

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$18,500–$26,650 MSRP range
(5.0) 2 reviews
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of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster. Base trim shown.

2019 Hyundai Veloster First Drive

Aaron Bragman

Some automakers today would have you believe that nobody wants cars anymore. Everyone's buying SUVs, crossovers and small trucks that sit high and don't handle well, don't accelerate quickly and get mediocre mileage. Sports coupes? Dead in the water. Put a fork in 'em — they're done.  

Not so fast, says Hyundai; fun cars aren't quite dead yet. To prove it, they've brought us the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster sports coupe. The slickly styled, value-priced front-wheel-drive coupe has been thoroughly redone for 2019 and doused with a big bucket of refinement. It's still quirky, still sporty, still has that playful demeanor that's made it a niche favorite. But it now brings a sophistication to its operation that should really open some eyes.

Related: 2019 Hyundai Veloster: Hot Hatch for a Comparably Hot Price

A Joy to Rev

The goal here is to have the most fun you can without spending ridiculous money, and the Veloster achieves it — at least with the turbocharged variant. Two engines are available, a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making a rather tepid 147 horsepower (I didn't drive that one) or a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 201 hp (now we're talking). The turbo is a snarly, raspy little mill, making a lot of its torque down low where it's most usably felt.

And feel it you will: It's extremely responsive, exhibits very little in the way of turbo lag and is a joy t... Read More

2019 Veloster Video

Hyundai thinks there are still a number people who like to drive, and like to drive small cars. For them, there's the 2019 Hyundai Veloster.

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I love this car so much I bought my 3rd Veloster

by LuvVeloTurbo from Santa Monica on June 27, 2018

I really do love this car. It meets all my needs in a car; fun to drive, sporty and fast, 3rd door for allowing passengers in and out with ease, Hatch back trunk space allows for me to place large ... Read full review


All around excitement

by VelosterEMP from Phoenix, AZ on June 19, 2018

This is my first brand new car and I love it! I previously owned a 2015 Veloster and enjoyed that to an extent, but let me tell you, improvements have been made. The beautiful red accents inside the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2019 Hyundai Veloster currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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