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2021 Hyundai Veloster

2021 Hyundai Veloster

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$18,900 — $28,450 MSRP
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Hatchback
4 Seats
28-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Suspension refinement
  • Steering response
  • Turbo four-cylinder's power reserves
  • Dual-clutch transmission's smoothness
  • Shifter feel (Turbo 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
2021 Hyundai Veloster exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 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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2021 Hyundai Veloster Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2021 Hyundai Veloster?

The front-wheel-drive, four-seat Veloster is a sporty compact hatchback with one driver-side door and two doors on the passenger side. Power comes from a standard 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. An available turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder makes 201 hp and teams with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

A high-performance Veloster N powered by a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 275 hp is also available. Veloster competitors include the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Toyota Corolla hatchback and Mazda3 hatchback. 

What’s New on the 2021 Hyundai Veloster?

The Veloster N now offers an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in addition to the standard six-speed manual. There are also new lighter sport seats, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system and additional standard active-safety features including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. Features from the Performance Package are also now standard. The regular Veloster, meanwhile, is unchanged. 

What Features in the 2021 Hyundai Veloster Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 60/40-split, folding backseat
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist

Available features include:

  • LED headlights
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation
  • Infinity premium stereo
  • Wireless device charging
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert

Should I Buy the 2021 Hyundai Veloster?

With its refined suspension, responsive steering and strong turbo engine, the Veloster is a fun-to-drive hatchback. However, the car’s distinctive styling does contribute to poor rear visibility, a claustrophobic backseat and limited utility. The Veloster N is a blast to drive, and it took home top honors as our Most Fun-to-Drive Car of 2020

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2021 Hyundai Veloster 2.0

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

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

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.

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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