Top Safety Pick

2019 Hyundai Veloster

small car / 2-door hatchback

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights built after August 2018

2019 Hyundai Veloster 2-door hatchback

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights(varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium 3-door

The Hyundai Veloster was redesigned for the 2019 model year after a one-year absence from the market. The sporty hatchback features an unusual door configuration, with the passenger side having two conventionally hinged doors and the driver side only a single door.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1805
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Footrest (cm) 4
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 4
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1805
Head
HIC-15 173
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 0.6
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.42
Right 0.62
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.1
Right 0.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 74
Right 35

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium 3-door

The Hyundai Veloster was redesigned for the 2019 model year after a one-year absence from the market. The sporty hatchback features an unusual door configuration, with the passenger side having two conventionally hinged doors and the driver side only a single door.

Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1909
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Footrest (cm) 7
Right toepan (cm) 6
Center toepan (cm) 2
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 4
Right lower dash (cm) 5

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1909
Head
HIC-15 138
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.14
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.6
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.46
Right 0.42
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 49
Right 57

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1909
Head
HIC-15 99
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.37
Right 0.18
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 36
Right 51

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium 3-door

The Hyundai Veloster was redesigned for the 2019 model year after a one-year absence from the market. The sporty hatchback features an unusual door configuration, with the passenger side having two conventionally hinged doors and the driver side only a single door.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1816
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1816
Head
HIC-15 181
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 22
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.4
Femur force - right (kN) 1.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.75
Maximum tibia index - right 0.63
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 94
Right 103

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate 3-door

The Hyundai Veloster was redesigned for the 2019 model year after a one-year absence from the market. The sporty hatchback features an unusual door configuration, with the passenger side having two conventionally hinged doors and the driver side only a single door.

Two tests of the Veloster were conducted, the first by the Institute and the second by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification. During the first test, the driver door opened. This opening didn't significantly affect vehicle crush or dummy movement but shouldn't happen because, in some crashes, it could allow partial or complete occupant ejection, especially if the occupant is unbelted.

The door opening led Hyundai to modify the cars to prevent this occurrence beginning with 2019 models built after January 2019, and Hyundai has implemented a recall to apply the same fix to cars built earlier. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

In the second test conducted by Hyundai on a car with the modifications, the driver door did not open. Ratings of the Veloster are based on the results of both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the Institute's crash test. The driver door opened, but the dummy's movement during the crash wasn't significantly affected.

View of the vehicle after the crash with door removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment (Institute test car shown).

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag in the Institute's test.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1805 VTS1909
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -15.5 -17.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1805 VTS1909
Head HIC-15 295 369
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.4
Compression (kN) 0.5 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.7 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33 36
Average deflection (mm) 30 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.94 5.86
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.54 0.79
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.2 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4 1.6
Combined force (kN) 3.7 3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 94 123
A-P moment (Nm) 35 -25

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1805 VTS1909
Head HIC-15 153 289
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.7 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39 44
Lateral force (kN) 1.5 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29 31
Average deflection (mm) 21 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.56 2.88
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.36 0.43
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.7 0.4
Combined force (kN) 0.7 0.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.3 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 204 201
A-P moment (Nm) -74 56

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 3-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,709 lbs
Peak force 14,248 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.26

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2019 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 34
Distance below top of head (mm) -3
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.4
Head contact time (ms) 67
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 57
Max neck tension (N) 527

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Turbo R-Spec trim; built after August 2018
  • Turbo trim; built after August 2018
  • Turbo Ultimate trim; built after August 2018
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and gradual right curves and fair on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the sharp right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Turbo R-Spec trim
  • Turbo trim
  • Turbo Ultimate trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built after August 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 107.4 m 11.1 %
Straightaway left edge 67.5 m 11.1 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 81.9 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 84.7 m 23.0 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 159.5 m
Straightaway left edge 78.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 85.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 86.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 62.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.4 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.0 trim
  • 2.0 Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.0 trim
  • 2.0 Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 78.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 34.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 42.9 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 36.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 36.5 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 33.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 148.0 m
Straightaway left edge 95.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 57.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 55.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 46.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 44.6 m

Trim level(s)

  • Turbo trim; built before September 2018
  • Turbo R-Spec trim; built before September 2018
  • Turbo Ultimate trim; built before September 2018
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and gradual right curves and fair on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Turbo trim
  • Turbo R-Spec trim
  • Turbo Ultimate trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built before September 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 105.6 m 108.1 %
Straightaway left edge 72.1 m 108.1 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 82.0 m 57.3 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 80.9 m 78.5 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 62.4 m 44.2 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 62.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 157.0 m
Straightaway left edge 118.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 87.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 84.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 61.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.9 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

Ratings are given for 2 different trim variations available on this vehicle.

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision-avoidance Assist w/ Pedestrian Detection

Package name

  • Optional Turbo Ultimate

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

System details

  • Standard Foward Collision-Avoidance Assist

Package name

  • Standard 2.0

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system does not meet the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Turbo Ultimate
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

1 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 19
Clearance angle (degrees) 69
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 24
Clearance angle (degrees) 80
Tether anchor
Location Floor
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 31
Clearance angle (degrees) 78
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 30
Clearance angle (degrees) 59
Tether anchor
Location Floor
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated