2013 Hyundai Veloster Base 1.6 from North America

Summary:

Decent car, but rusting after a year and a half

Faults:

Uneven tire wear.

Seat fabric loose.

Radio (replaced).

Squeaks and rattles.

RUST (under front hood lip and below rear hatch window).

General Comments:

I love the looks and handling of the car. The gas mileage is incredible at over 40 MPG highway (Canadian gallons) at best and about 37ish under normal conditions, but it's all show and no go, so you sacrifice performance for practicality with this car. There is a very noticeable shift lag between first and second, which you can read about on the forums. Hyundai is aware, but cannot fix. The engine also pings under load. Hyundai addresses this by putting a $13.00 bottle of additive in the tank (which doesn't work) and charging $50.00. The speedo also reads 5km higher than actual speed (you can use Blue Max for accuracy instead).

The ride is very stiff and noisy, but this car corners on rails. As mentioned above, the tires wear uneven (cupping) and the dealer will do nothing. I was 1000km past the alignment warranty, so sorry Charlie. This contributes to the road noise. The car also tracks terribly on the highway. You don't steer it, you constantly correct it as it wanders down the road.

The interior is OK (they're all cheap plastic), but the driver's seat fabric is saggy (I'm 5'8 145lbs) so there's no excuse for this. The hatch has tonnes of room for cargo. If you take the headrests off, the seats fold down pretty flat from front to back (I put my 20ft extension ladder in the back with about 2ft sticking out and have the pics too prove it). I also haul my Z50 mini bike in there and got a thousand bucks worth of IKEA furniture in there. It has satellite radio/Bluetooth/heated seats/large touch screen/USB and all the audio connections needed for pretty much any device, standard. The third door is very handy as well.

The paint is very thin and scratches easily. Waxing is a must. I have rust already under the hood and under the rear hatch glass, which is going to be a real problem fast. Hyundai will do nothing as the warranty only covers holes. Real smart as it would cost a lot less to nip it than to let it rot and possibly have to replace the whole hatch. Oh well.

I know this sounds a bit like a negative review, but overall the car is decent considering I only paid $17,496 (Canada) and I actually do like it despite its flaws. After all, it is an economy car so you get what you pay for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th May, 2015

31st Jul 2015, 04:23

There could be more than one thing to cause engine pinging, but one of them would be the gas quality if the car requires 91 octane. It happens that some gas stations are tricking the 'Super 91 octane' gas by mixing it with regular 87 octane gas. There have been several cases in the US. It's all about the manager (owner) of each licensed gas station and not the company itself. So perhaps it's worth trying another place to see if there is any amelioration.

2012 Hyundai Veloster 1.6 non-turbo from North America

Summary:

Good, reliable, economical bang for your buck

Faults:

Have had to reset the audio system twice due to the system freezing up. That was within the first 30k miles. No audio problems since the dealer did a software update.

At approximately 50k miles the cruise control switch would fail intermittently. Dealer replaced switch.

No further problems.

General Comments:

Car is a little slow on acceleration, but makes up for it at the pump. I average 36 MPG driving 102 miles per day. My commute is a mix of highway and mountain driving at a zippy pace.

The dual disc automatic takes a little getting used to. I mostly drive it in manual mode, because in auto it struggles to find the best gear to be in when going uphill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2014

2012 Hyundai Veloster from North America

Summary:

Love the car, hate the the company's customer service

Faults:

Not easy entry for passengers, but okay for the driver.

General Comments:

Love the car's looks, style, color, and mileage.

Customer service is not responsive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2013

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1.6 turbo from North America

Summary:

Fun, sporty, and turns heads

Faults:

So far, since I had the car, it has been great; no bad things to say so far.

The only thing I would probably say bad is a blind spot, since it is a two door, well three really.

Also, the fuel mileage in the city could be better, but is not overly poor.

It is a fun car, and feels more like a six cylinder, rather than four with great features...

General Comments:

The car is quick and responsive, with good stopping power.

However, there are a few blind spots.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2013

27th May 2013, 19:24

If it's fun and sporty, why only five out of ten for performance?

28th Nov 2013, 13:54

Turn your mirrors way out to eliminate blind spots. I just got my V recently and couldn't believe the blind spots. Googled the proper way to adjust the side mirrors, and problem solved.

31st Jul 2015, 04:26

Agree with the above comment. Turning the side mirrors 'outside' at their maximum will help better cover the blind spots. I do so, then while driving, watch a car passing me: if I can see the car in the rear mirror, then it appears right away in the side mirror, the blind spot is better covered (still need to turn my head and check for safety).