2020 Hyundai Veloster

2020 MODEL
$18,600 - $28,150
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2020 Hyundai Veloster Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: December 11, 2019


One of the Strongest Rivals to the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Civic, the Hyundai Veloster is back for 2020 to create a bigger space for itself in the market. With a complete overhaul in 2019, the 2020 Veloster gets little changes over the same and Hyundai hasn’t felt compelled for making substantial changes to the same. You will, however, see some changes to the trims of the Veloster and the absence of a Manual Transmission in a lot of trims.

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Pros

Turbo Motor feel Energetic

Best-in-Class Standard Warranty

Loaded with Features on all trims

Generous Amount of Boot Space

One of the Best Handling Hatches out there

Cons

Rear Seats feel small in space

Some Portions of the Interiors feel built to a cost

What's New?

Changes to the overall Trim Structure

Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Standard on Turbo R Spec Trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18600

bodystyle

3dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lbs.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

166.9 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

2701 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

44.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

1047 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

ev range

330 mi.

highway range

435.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
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Interior
 2020 Hyundai Veloster Cockpit Area  2020 Hyundai Veloster Rear Seats  2020 Hyundai Veloster Front Seats  2020 Hyundai Veloster Rear View Mirror  2020 Hyundai Veloster Front Seats

Styles

 2020 Hyundai Veloster in Chalk White color  2020 Hyundai Veloster in Phantom Black color  2020 Hyundai Veloster in Racing Red color  2020 Hyundai Veloster in Sunset Orange color
Chalk White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.4

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Hyundai Veloster Base

Base

power
147hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$18,600 - $19,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $18,600 MSRP (25/28/33) 147hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 4
3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $19,600 MSRP (27/30/34) 147hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 4

 2020 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

R-Spec

power
201hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,800 - $23,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
R-Spec 2dr Hatchback (1,6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $22,800 MSRP (28/30/34) 147hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed Manual front wheel drive 4
Turbo R-Spec 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $23,150 MSRP (26/29/33) 201hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 4

 2020 Hyundai Veloster Premium

Premium

power
147hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$22,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 3dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $22,800 MSRP (27/30/34) 147hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 4

 2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Turbo

power
201hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$25,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Turbo 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $25,450 MSRP (28/30/34) 201hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
7-speed automated manual front wheel drive 4

 2020 Hyundai Veloster Ultimate

Ultimate

power
201hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$28,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Turbo Ultimate 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $28,150 MSRP (28/30/34) 201hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
7-speed automated manual front wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2020 Hyundai Veloster, still comes with 2 Engine options, A Naturally Aspirated 2.0L 4 Cylinder Pot and a 1.6L Turbocharged 4 Cylinder unit. Both these units differ significantly in the power figures but deliver similar MPG figures. The Other change comes in the form of additional driver assistance aids on the Turbo R-Spec trim, which is stacked in the midway of the Veloster’s lineup. Transmission options include a 6 Speed Manual, 6 Speed A/T and a 7 Speed Dual-Clutch Unit.

With no major changes for 2020, the Veloster doesn’t get a significant bump in the prices, when compared to last year’s model. Prices for the 2020 Hyundai Veloster starts from $18,600 for the base 2.0L Trim and goes over $28,000 for the top of the line, fully loaded Turbo ultimate trim.

2020 Hyundai Veloster turbo R-Spec front view
2020 Hyundai Veloster Front angle view
2020 Hyundai Veloster turbo R-Spec three rear quarter view
2020 Hyundai Veloster Rear angle view

8.4/10
Features

 
 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Hyundai Veloster Features

8.4/10

Hyundai has re-shuffled the trim lineup for the 2020 Veloster and removed the Manual Transmission from a lot of trims. The Base and the Premium Trim get the same 2.0L Naturally Aspirated Motor while all the other trims get the 1.6L Turbocharged unit. In terms of features, you get a Premium Touchscreen Infotainment System, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a lot more premium features as standard in all trims. Other differences have been shown below. 

Trims

2.0 Base

2.0 Premium

Turbo R-Spec

Turbo

Turbo Ultimate

MSRP (Manual)

$18,600

-

$22,800

-

-

MSRP (6 Speed A/T)

$19,600

$22,800

-

-

-

MSRP (EcoShift DCT)

- - -

$25,450

$28,150

Key Features

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist

Adds/Upgrades from Previous Trim

Adds/Upgrades from Previous Trim

Adds/Upgrades from Previous Trim

Adds/Upgrades from Previous Trim

 

7” Touchscreen Infotainment System 

8 Speaker Infinity Audio System

Sports Tuned Suspension, Steering

Turn Indicators on ORVM’s

8” Touchscreen Navigation system with HUD, HD Radio

 

AM/FM Compatibility

18” Alloy Wheels

18” Alloys with Michelin PS4 tires

Power Adjustable Lumbar Support For Driver’s Seat

Leather Seating Surfaces with Wireless Charging Pad

 

Apple Car Play, Android Auto

Wide Sunroof

Rear LED Taillights

Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning 

Dual Tone Roof

 

Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats

Smart Cruise Control with Blue Link Guidance Package for 3 years

Which trim should you buy?

With the Turbo R-Spec trim, you will enjoy a lot of features and plenty of sporty credentials in your Veloster, hence making your commutes, both exciting and fun.

2020 Hyundai Veloster Engine

The engine options available with the Hyundai Veloster will not humiliate a rival on stoplight races but it is potent enough. The Nu 2.0 liter engine doles out 147 hp at 6200 rpm and maximum torque of132 lb-ft at 4500 rpm. The Veloster’s Gamma 1.6 liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder produces 201 hp at 6000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque.

You get FWD as standard on all trims of the Veloster. Talking of the transmission, the base trim gets a 6 Speed Manual as standard and an optional 6 Speed A/T. The Premium Trim does away with the manual and gets the standard 6 Speed A/T. The Turbo R-Spec again gets the 6 Speed Manual as standard to match the sporty nature of the turbo motor. The 7 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission has been reserved for just the top 2 trims. 

Models

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Ford Fiesta ST*

Honda Civic Sport*

Toyota Corolla SE *

MSRP

$22,800

$22,215

$23,145

$21,095

Engine

1.6L i4

1.6L i4

1.5L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

Horsepower (hp)

201 @ 6000rpm

197 @ 6000rpm

174 @ 6000rpm

168 @ 6600rpm

Torque (lbs.-ft.)

195 @ 1500rpm

202 @4200rpm

162 @ 1700rpm

155 @ 4800rpm

*2019 Model Year Figures used for reference purposes only

The Hyundai comes out on top, in terms of the power figures against all its adversaries. The Fiesta ST nearly matches the Veloster in the Power game. The Civic Sport falls short of its top 2 rivals by quite some margin and the Toyota, rounds up the list by being the least powerful of the lot.

How quick is it?

The response from the turbocharged engine is energetic and it takes just 6.2 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. The quarter-mile is achieved in under 15 seconds and is a remarkable time, considering the segment that the Veloster finds itself in. Out on the road, the base motor lacks the eagerness to accelerate and you need to be in the right gear, to make that odd overtake.

2020 hyundai veloster acceleration

The Turbo Motor feels much more enthusiastic to accelerate and makes overtaking, a breeze both on the Motorway and in the City. 

Models

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Ford Fiesta ST*

Honda Civic Sport*

Toyota Corolla SE *

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.5 sec

7.1

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

14.8 sec

14.5

15.2

16.0 sec

Engine

1.6L i4

1.6L i4

1.5L i4

2.0L i4

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

5.8

6.3

5.5

N/A

 The Veloster is the quickest of the entire lot here. The Fiesta ST, with similar power as the Hyundai, comes in second in this list and is then followed by the Japanese duo of the Civic and the Corolla respectively.

How well does the Veloster tackle the Roads?

The turbo engine of the Veloster is athletic and fun to drive with the manual transmission but the automatic transmission is sluggish in downshifts. The audio system amplifies a synthetic engine noise that can be toggled down from pop-and-crackle to mellow and sweet. The 2020 Veloster rides sharp with a stiffer body and independent multi-link setup, replacing the outgoing torsion beam unit in the rear. The front gets a lighter, rigid independent suspension that uses MacPherson struts. 

2020 hyundai veloster ride and handling

Ride quality has improved and the Veloster soaks up bumps and undulations very well. The Column-mounted electric rack-and-pinion power steering is tuned to deliver a decent feel and weight. The chassis works well and there is minimal body roll on corners. The steering isn’t quick and dead off-center but works well in normal conditions. 

What about the stopping power?

The Veloster is equipped with disc brakes both in the front and rear and 4 wheel ABS as well. The traction control uses wheel-speed sensors coupled with ESC algorithms to apply precise braking force to the inside front wheel during spirited cornering. Braking Performance is superb at all times but you do feel the nose-diving while braking hard or during instances of panic braking.

2020 hyundai veloster braking

The Brakes feel soft initially but weigh up well, once the pressure increases adding to the braking performance and driver’s confidence. 

Model

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Ford Fiesta ST*

Honda Civic Sport*

Toyota Corolla SE *

Brake Front (in.)

11

10.9

11.1

11.5

Brake Rear (in.)

10.3

10

10.2

10.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2833

2742

2870

3060

60-0 MPH (ft.)

108

118

113

131

 When compared to its rivals, the Veloster manages to trump all of them by a big margin. While we don’t have the braking figures of the Fiesta and the Civic, sources indicate a decent figure for both of them. The Corolla is the worst performing of the lot here and falls short of its rivals by some margin.

2020 Hyundai Veloster Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Hyundai offers the 2020 Veloster with 2 Engines, A Naturally Aspirated Unit and A Turbocharged One. Since both these engines offers different Power figures and have different performance as well, they deliver slightly different MPG figures as well. While the MPG figures of the Turbo version of the Veloster has been tabulated below, the Naturally aspirated version loses out by just 1MPG in the city and by the same margin, on the overall front as well. 

Talking of the range, the Veloster can do over 340 miles on a fuel tank of fuel on the City and over 430 miles, on the motorway. This is respectable considering the fact that the Turbo version generates over 200 horses and still delivers on the mileage front as well

Model

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Ford Fiesta ST*

Honda Civic Sport*

Toyota Corolla SE *

MPG (city)

26

25

29

28

MPG (highway)

33

32

38

37

MPG (combined)

29

28

33

31

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

12.4

12.4

13.2

Range (City/Hwy)

343/436 Miles

310/397

360/471

370/488

 The Honda Civic turns out to be the best performer as far as Mileage figures go. Coming a close second is the Toyota Corolla Hatch that is also, the least powerful of the bunch. The Hyundai saves itself from being the last in the comparison and giving that crown to the Ford Fiesta ST.

2020 Hyundai Veloster Interior

8.0/10

The Interiors of the Veloster takes its inspiration from the Kona and is a good thing in many ways. Barring a few areas where cost-cutting is evident, Hyundai has maintained decent levels of Quality on the inside. Like the exterior, the asymmetrical design inside the Veloster is driver-focused. A contrasting color scheme separates the Turbo variant from other trims.

The front seats are quite comfortable and there is a clear division between the driver’s and passenger’s sides of the front cabin. The second row is tight in legroom and headroom for an average adult. Getting in and out of the Veloster is a chore because of the two-plus-one door configuration that allows egress for the rear passengers only from one side. 

Model

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Ford Fiesta ST*

Honda Civic Sport*

Toyota Corolla SE *

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/56.0/42.6

39.1/52.7/43.6

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.4/53.9/42.0

Second 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.9/54.3/34.1

37.2/49.0/31.2

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.6/54.5/29.9

 While the Veloster feels plenty spacious and comfortable on the front, it loses out on rear space against its rivals. The Honda Civic and the Corolla, manage to carve out the most space for passengers on the back. The Ford, on the other hand, feels spacious than the Hyundai at the back but feels claustrophobic, when compared to the Japanese duo of Toyota and Honda.

Interior Features on offer?

Hyundai likes to load up the Interiors of their cars with plenty of features and the Veloster is no exception either.

  • Power Adjustable front heated seats
  • 60/40 Split-folding rear seats
  • Interior Cargo Shade
  • Proximity Key entry with Push Button start
  • Auto Temperature Control with Auto Defogging
  • Tilt and Telescopic adjust Leather-wrapped Steering with Integrated Controls for Audio and Telephony 
  • Front Illuminated Power Window switches with driver’s auto-down
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror

 

 

 How good is the Infotainment system?

The Hyundai Veloster offers sophisticated technologies paired with an intuitive infotainment system to keep passengers informed and entertained. The response from this unit, may not be class-leading but gets the job done every time. This premium system offers the following amenities:

  • 8” Touchscreen Infotainment System with navigation
  • 8 Speaker Infinity Audio System with External Amp, Sub-woofer
  • SiriusXM/HD Radio
  • USB, Bluetooth, and Aux Inputs
  • Bluelink Connected care for 3 years
  • Wireless Charging Pad 
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play
  • 4.2” color TFT instrument console
  • Heads Up Display with Sport Display

 

 

 What is the cargo capacity of the Hyundai Veloster?

The new Veloster also offers generous rear cargo capacity, with 19.9 cubic feet of interior volume behind the 2nd-row seat. This can also be increased with the 60/40 rear folding seats to accommodate more cargo.

Model

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Ford Fiesta ST*

Honda Civic Sport*

Toyota Corolla SE *

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

19.9

10.1

22.6

17.8

The Hyundai Veloster's boot space is one of the biggest in its class. The Veloster offers similar space like the Civic and there is not much of a difference between them.

2020 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Interior
2020 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Interior
2020 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Interior
2020 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Interior
2020 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Interior

2020 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

8.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster retains a unique two-plus-one door configuration that seats four people. It merges the design appeal of a sports coupe with a handy third door for easier rear-seat access. The LED headlights with daytime running lights flank an aggressive cascading grille. Functional air splitters add to the visual appeal of the Veloster with a low stance.

The sharp character lines accentuate body sides for an athletic look with a beetle-like roofline, rounding towards the rear fascia. The back end houses a short back window and squinty LED taillights. Veloster’s centered twin tailpipes under the bumper looks pleasant and impart sporty feel. A contrasting roof is available for the Turbo model as well. 

Model

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Ford Fiesta ST*

Honda Civic Sport*

Toyota Corolla SE *

Curb weight (lbs.)

2833

2742

2870

3060

Length(in)

166.9

160.1

177.9

169.9

Height(in)

55.1

57.2

56.3

57.1

Width(in)

70.9

67.8

70.8

69.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.6

6.1

6.7

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

98.0

106.3

103.9

 With a 104.3-inch wheelbase and a 166.9-inches overall length, the 2020 Hyundai Veloster is only fractionally larger than the first-generation model. All of the rivals are ahead in terms of dimensions which accounts for more interior space.

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2020 Hyundai Veloster Safety

Hyundai has always been a pioneer in the segment when it came to offering the most advanced driver assistance and safety features as standard in their cars and the Veloster is a prime example of the same. Hyundai has loaded the Veloster, with a plethora of Safety and Driver Assistance features that are sure to increase your peace of mind while driving this hot hatch from the Korean Major.

*2020 Hyundai Veloster has not been tested by the safety authorities, however, 2019 Hyundai Veloster pics have been updated for reference until fresh data comes in.

Safety Features

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Driver’s Blind Spot Mirror
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines 
  • Dual Front, Side Impact and Side Curtain Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • ESC with Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Management System
Hyundai Veloster side safety crash testing
Hyundai Veloster side safety crash test
Hyundai Veloster monoque aluminum body structure
Hyundai Veloster aluminum body shell
Hyundai Veloster aluminum chassis
Hyundai Veloster rigid chassis
Hyundai Veloster passenger safety airbag button
Hyundai Veloster passenger safety toggle button

2020 Hyundai Veloster Competition

Hyundai Veloster vs. Ford Fiesta ST

The Ford Fiesta is a proper Hot Hatchback, in almost every sense. Its compact proportion, peppy motor, and superb steering make it a joy to drive through the city streets. The Fiesta has a great infotainment system as well and makes the drive, even more, engaging and involving. However, the Fiesta isn’t as spacious as the Veloster and the Interiors of the Veloster feel a class above the Fiesta. Both the Cars are great on equipment and there is little separating between the two. If you want a proper sports hot hatch, the Fiesta Hatch would suit your bill but if you want a practical sports hatch, the Veloster should be your choice.

2020 FORD FIESTA ST

Hyundai Veloster vs. Toyota Corolla

Powered by a dreary inline-four which produces 136 hp mated to a clunky CVT or an energetic 6-speed manual and a fuel economy lagging behind its rivals, it will please those who prefer safety over performance. The interior is rather roomy but feels cheap. Overall, there's not much about the 2020 Toyota Corolla that impresses but as a daily driver, it’s hard to fault this little car. The Veloster is way ahead in terms of overall performance and driving dynamics. If you want your daily commutes to be fun and exciting, the Veloster will be your bet but if long term reliability and frugality are what you want, the Corolla is the way to go.

2020 TOYOTA COROLLA

 Hyundai Veloster vs. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic comes in available in a wide variety of body styles. It offers great fuel efficiency and best in class driving dynamics. It has one of the nicest interiors in the class, a good amount of cargo space, and plenty of tech features. The Veloster is good, but the Civic is a bit better in terms of space and practicality– and it costs about the same. If you are in pursuit of power and performance, the Veloster will suit your bill the best but otherwise, the Civic will be the better long term driver.

2020 HONDA CIVIC

2020 Hyundai Veloster Final Verdict

Hyundai has done nearly everything right with the Veloster. It’s high on power, is good on space and has a powerful and potent engine as well. The Veloster even comes loaded to the brim with features and you wouldn’t be left wanting for more. The Interior Quality may not feel the best when compared to the rivals but for the asking price, we can’t complain. So, if you are willing to live with a Car that has access via just 3 doors but makes your daily commutes and weekend rides fun, the 2020 Hyundai Veloster is a Car that will tick all those boxes for you.