The 2023 Hyundai Veloster is a hatchback coupe first produced by Hyundai. The 2023 Hyundai Veloster is an interesting three-door hatchback that’s inexpensive to own and fun to drive. Thrill-seekers will opt for the rowdy Veloster N, while the regular version offers an optional 201-hp engine and admirable performance. The 2023 Veloster cabin lacks the quality of rivals like the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf, but at least Hyundai is packed with desirable standard features.
The 2023 Veloster R-Spec is the only version to wear wider and stickier performance tires that provide maximum braking and cornering grip. Other than a handful of accessories, this particular model offers no other options. The 2023 Veloster N is fun to drive, affordable, and comes with one of the best warranties in the industry. Earlier Veloster N models sacrificed nearly all of the Veloster’s existing driver aids, as well as some everyday comfort and technology, but Hyundai has added many of these features to this latest model. The 2023 Hyundai N is a seriously interesting small performance car and one of the best in its class.
2023 Hyundai Veloster : Iinterior
Inside, the materials used are of good quality, and the 2023 Veloster’s cabin is four-seater and has solid craftsmanship. The cabin’s aesthetic is pleasant enough, but there are other options in this class that offer a more luxurious interior. Unlike a standard two-door hatchback, the Hyundai Veloster is built with one long door on the driver’s side and two short doors on the passenger side. The addition of a third passenger-side door makes it easier for rear-seat occupants to enter and exit the vehicle.
The base model Veloster 2023 comes with a six-speaker audio system and an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch screen. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, facilitating hands-free phone calls. The list of optional specs includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a wireless device charger, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, integrated navigation, and an upgraded audio system.
2023 Hyundai Veloster : Engine
The Veloster base with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. All Hyundai 2023 Veloster trims with turbo descriptors are motivated by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels on all models, and transmission options include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). One Veloster Turbo Ultimate DCT we tested accelerated to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, which is pretty fast for this segment. One Civic hatchback we tested took about a second longer to complete this run.
Fuel economy for base engine-equipped Veloster hatchbacks peaks at 27/34 mpg city/highway, according to EPA estimates. With the optional turbocharged engine, gas mileage peaks at 28/34 mpg. These are respectable numbers, but some competing compact cars offer much better fuel efficiency. For example, the Kia Forte goes up to 29/40 mpg, and the Honda Civic hatchback hits 31/40 mpg.
2023 Hyundai Veloster : Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2023 Hyundai Veloster the highest Good rating in all six crash tests. Veloster 2.0 models received the lowest Poor rating for how well standard halogen headlights illuminate the road ahead, while Turbo trims with LED projector headlights received the second highest Acceptable rating. IIHS uses a different scale to rate collision avoidance features. The 2023 Veloster earned the highest Superior rating for the standard vehicle-to-vehicle frontal collision avoidance system, while the optional vehicle-to-pedestrian system earned the second-highest Advanced rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not evaluated any of the models in the Hyundai Veloster. The standard and advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rearview camera, collision warning, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, Lane keeping assist, Lane departure warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.