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2020 Hyundai Veloster

2020 Hyundai Veloster

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$18,800 — $28,350 MSRP
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Hatchback
4 Seats
28-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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The Good

  • Suspension refinement
  • Steering response
  • Turbo four-cylinder's power reserves
  • Dual-clutch transmission's smoothness
  • Shifter feel (R-Spec)
  • Touchscreen's ease of use

The Bad

  • Rear visibility
  • Claustrophobic backseat
  • Limited utility
  • Gas-pedal lag in Normal drive mode
  • Jerkiness in everyday driving (Sport mode)
  • Soft brake-pedal feel
2020 Hyundai Veloster exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Hyundai Veloster
  • Sporty hatchback with one driver-side door, two passenger-side doors
  • Choice of three engines, including two turbos
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • High-performance Veloster N available

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2020 Hyundai Veloster Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Kelsey Mays

A year into its second generation, the Hyundai Veloster has similar pricing and a few reshuffled features for 2020 but less availability for...

A year into its second generation, the Hyundai Veloster has similar pricing and a few reshuffled features for 2020 but less availability for the manual transmission. Stick-shift purists can rest assured the turbocharged R-Spec and N variants still offer three-pedal driving, but if you wanted premium features like leather seats or a head-up display, you’ll have to get an automatic transmission now.

Related: Is the 2019 Hyundai Veloster the Most Fun You Can Have for $24,000?

Previously, Hyundai offered the Veloster in a stick-shift Turbo Ultimate trim with the aforementioned features, but given that it accounts for just 1 percent of remaining model-year 2019 Veloster inventory as of this writing, it’s doubtful many shoppers fancied it. Other changes for 2020 include gloss-black exterior accents in place of flat-black accents, and wireless smartphone charging on more variants. More trim levels now have a blind spot warning system, while automatic emergency braking remains standard on all but the high-performance Veloster N. Finally, all trims add tie-down hooks in the cargo area.

The 2020 Veloster is on sale now. The three-door hatchback offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (147 horsepower), turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (201 hp) or, in the N, a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder (250 hp or 275 hp with a Performance Package). A six-speed manual is available across the board, with a six-speed automatic available on the 2.0-liter and a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic available on the turbo 1.6-liter. The Veloster N remains stick-shift only — something the purists can celebrate each July 16.

Price changes for 2020 range from a $10 drop to a $490 increase, including the destination charge. Believe it or not, the latter fee ($920) is down, if only by $10, versus that of the 2019 Veloster. It’s a stark contrast to the inexorable upswing in destination fees industrywide in recent years. Here’s how it all shakes out for the 2020 Veloster versus the equivalent 2019 model-year trim:

  • 2.0-liter manual: $19,520 (up $90)
  • 2.0-liter automatic: $20,520 (up $90)
  • 2.0-liter Premium automatic: $23,720 (up $40)
  • Turbo 1.6-liter R-Spec manual: $24,070 (up $240)
  • Turbo 1.6-liter automatic: $26,370 (up $40)
  • Turbo 1.6-liter Ultimate automatic: $29,070 (down $10)
  • Turbo 2.0-liter Veloster N manual: $28,320 (up $490)

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
15 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Best performing car I’ve owned

by Trace A. from Watertown, NY on July 31, 2020

This car suits my everyday commute to work and also provides a nice sporty touch to it. The interior is comfortable and spacious for the size of the car Read full review

(5.0)

Best performance car I’ve owned.

by Ja’Sendah aJolly from Alabama on July 25, 2020

This car has all of my needs. The features are greats and the performance is unbelievable. Sunroof is amazing for the summer time. Comfortable is a check!! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

  • Free Scheduled Maintenance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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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.
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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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