Hyundai Veloster (2012 – 2015) Review

Hyundai Veloster (2012 – 2015) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Hyundai Veloster dared to be different with its unusual 1+2 door layout. The result was a coupe that looked good and was well equipped.

+Punchy Turbo version. Distinctive looks. Decent specification.

-Other coupes are more enjoyable to drive. Bouncy ride.

Insurance Groups are between 16–21
On average it achieves 97% of the official MPG figure

Every now and then a car company has a moment of madness and builds a car that makes little rational sense. The Hyundai Veloster is just such a car and all the better for it. It might not be as deft as a Volkswagen Scirocco to drive or have a Honda CR-Z’s eco credentials, but it is fun in a way the Kia Pro_cee’d never could be. Read on for our full Hyundai Veloster review.

If you thought the South Korean brand lacked a bit of sparkle and excitement, then the Hyundai Veloster was the car that aimed to change that.

It was its first sports car since the Hyundai Coupe went off sale in 2009, but the Hyundai Veloster was a very different proposition.

For starters, it’s actually a three-door coupe. And that’s not counting the tailgate. It has one door on the driver’s side but two on the passenger’s, in a similar way to the MINI Clubman, but with the extra door on the correct side for the UK market.

This makes getting in and out of the back a lot easier and means the Hyundai Veloster is a viable option even if you have children.

It works well and doesn’t spoil the looks either. Indeed, this is one coupe that truly stands out. Unlike alternatives such as the Vauxhall Astra GTC, the Hyundai Veloster isn’t based on a standard hatchback; it’s very much its own type of sports car.

The styling at the back may not be as successful as at the front, but there’s no denying it is a distinctive model.

The engine line-up is simple, with just one 1.6-litre petrol (confusing called a GDi). The standard version has 140PS, while there’s a turbocharged version with 186PS that feels considerably more sprightly and eager.

The Hyundai Veloster was also the first car to be available with the brand’s DCT double clutch gearbox. Enjoyable to drive and comfortable, it is a great all-rounder that’s well equipped and practical to give it plenty of appeal on the used market.

Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar’s Hyundai Veloster review here.


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Could you recommend an easily accessible car with a wide boot opening for my wheelchair?

"I'm a new wheelchair and crutch user who loves driving and this is done mostly alone. My 2003 Ford Fiesta 1.4 is great as the boot opening is wide enough to sit on, take the wheels off the chair and place in the shallow boot with the frame following. Also, there is a boot release on the dashboard a fabulous feature when your balance is shot on crutches. I'm planning for a car change and my nightmare is that many cars have shrunken boot openings so it's impossible to sit and comfortably get the chair in the car. I've discounted many vehicles as the boots have too deep a well - great for stressing the back. Three door cars are best for putting my crutches out of the way behind the drivers seat. SUVs are too high. Ideally I need to design my own based on improving the Hyundai Veloster ie large driver door, two door access other side but with boot with minimal access lip and wide opening. Is there a model that I have missed that I should look at that doesn't shout 'disabled'?"
I think your best bet is a Honda Jazz because the 'Magic' rear seat squabs flip up, providing space in the centre of the car for crutches, folded wheelchair, etc., as well as class-leading space behind. What's more, the rear seats fold down completely flat and low.
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Replacing tyre pressure indicators after changing wheels

"I have changed the wheels and tryes on my Hyundai Veloster. However, I didn't change the tyre pressure indicators and consequently the TPI lights up all the time. Is it OK for me to transfer the TPIs to the new wheels/tyres or alternatively disable the warning light on the dash?"
Try to transfer the valves. But be careful, if you break one, they are about £120 each.
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What do you think of the Renault Laguna Coupe?

"I drive a 1999 Toyota Celica, which I love and have owned for eight years with no major problems at all. I feel however, that I would like something a little more up-to-date. I still want a coupe or a similar style car, and have been looking without too much success, as I still want a car with the versatility of split rear seats and a little space in the back for an occasional passenger. I have seen a Renault Laguna Coupe and consulted your review. Is this car (albeit a couple of years old) a suitable replacement, or have you any other suggestions? I feel a petrol engine would be better than a diesel as I tend to make short journeys and I would prefer a manual gearbox."
The short-lived (in the UK) Laguna Coupe is a nice car and the rear wheel steer system on some models works well. At least one reader has one and improved the ride comfort by fitting smaller wheels with deeper profile tyres. I guess you'll be going for the 2.0-litre turbo. Alternatives include one of the last Celicas (year 2000), a Volkswagen Scirocco, a Volvo C30, a Hyundai Veloster, a Renault Megane coupe, a BMW 1 Series or 3 Series coupe, or a KIA pro_cee'd.
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Which sporty coupe to replace my Mazda RX-8?

"I am a 63-year old retired man currently driving a 2007 Mazda RX-8. I would like to change to a more economical car (VED is £460pa), but still a little sporty and maybe in a coupe style. I have in the past driven an XJS, a Hyundai coupe, and a Tigra. I play golf and cricket and need to fit in the required equipment. I occasionally travel to London and Exeter to see my children but mainly drive short distances of around 30 mins daily. I would like to part-ex my car. I am aware I’m not going to get much for it and would put £9,000 towards the swap. Can you help?"
Trade book for a 2007 RX8 is a horrific £2250 - £2750 depending on the power output. It's almost worth putting a different engine in, somehow, like a Mazda MX-5 engine. You could think along the lines of a Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4TSI 122, a Volvo C30 1.6, or maybe even a Hyundai Veloster.
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