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Hyundai Veloster Hatchback review

2012 - 2014 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £16,855 - £22,895
Used prices £2,463 - £6,826
Road tax cost £180 - £240
Insurance group 16 - 21
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 440 - 517 miles
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Pros & cons


Stylish looks, rear passenger door offers easy access, interior quality


Lacks steering feel, cramped rear, absence of a real sporty version

Written by Simon McBride Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Hyundai’s Veloster is a stylish, sleek coupe and it certainly turns a few heads. The three-door layout (two doors on the passenger side and one on the driver’s side) adds a bit of quirkiness. Technically, the Veloster is a four-door if you include the tailgate and although the addition of the extra door on the near side makes access easier for rear passengers it does make the car look unbalanced because the mid-pillars are not symmetrical.

So, the Veloster is an unconventional coupe and not just in the way it looks. It’s fair to say that coupe buyers want a car that’s entertaining to drive but, sadly, the Veloster is found wanting once you get it out on the open road. Enthusiasts are more likely, therefore, to choose the Vauxhall Astra GTC, the VW Scirocco, the Peugeot RCZ and the Audi TT over the Hyundai.

Its major attraction though, is that it offers value for money. There are not many coupes under £20,000 that offer a five-year unlimited mileage warranty so if you are on a tight budget it could be the car for you. Still, if you are after a coupe you have plenty to choose from. Can the Veloster cut it in this competitive market? Read on to find out…