2021 Hyundai Veloster Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Lane departure & Structural issues are among the top complaints reported from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

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The 2021 Hyundai Veloster is a compact hatchback coupé that is reasonably priced, but not very popular. Built in South Korea, the 2021 model comes in five trims as well as the high-performance N version. Due to long-term declining sales, only the Veloster N will be available in 2022. While it’s difficult to pinpoint reasons for dwindling sales, it’s worth exploring the most common complaints Hyundai Veloster owners have.

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Most Common Problems

There have only been 3 complaints to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the 2021 Hyundai Veloster to date. But there are already 5 complaints about the 2022 Veloster N, which is exactly the same as the 2021 Veloster N. No changes!

All 8 of these complaints relate to lane departure issues with the Veloster N, a model first introduced in 2019. All complaints about the 2021 model are dated early December 2021. Complaints about the more recent model were all lodged with the NHTSA between 2 November 2021 and 18 January 2022.

This is a significant improvement since 2016 when there were 124 NHTSA complaints. But, it’s worth noting that the bulk of complaints are made when vehicles are at least a year old. For example, of the 12 complaints about the 2020 Hyundai Veloster, only 2 were filed in 2020. The most recent complaint was in January 2022.

That year, the most common complaints (5) relate to engine problems. In 2019, there were 15 complaints, 8 of which relate to the structure of the cars.

Of course, NHTSA isn’t the only place where car owners lodge complaints. Many Veloster N owners who don’t complain to the NHTSA air their grievances on the Veloster N forum. Complaints include excessive flat tires, horn not working after only 4 months, rear shock absorbers failing, and the air conditioner not blowing cold air.

2021 Hyundai Veloster Complaint Summary

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection
Fuel/propulsion System
Lane Departure: Warning
Power Train
Unknown Or Other
Electrical System
Seat Belts

Lane Departure Problems

The 3 complaints on record with NHTSA for the 2021 Veloster all describe blind spot detection issues with the Veloster N. All state that the lane departure problem started when they replaced the stock tires that came with the car, switching to winter or all-season tires.

All found that when they put the original tires back on the car, the lane departure problems vanished.

Complaints included the blind spot monitoring system registering lots of false positives as well as the mirror light staying on when there isn’t a car in the blind spot, and the system failing to detect when a car is in the blind spot.

None of the complainants was happy with the response they got from dealerships. One said the dealership didn’t seem willing or able to help resolve the issue. Another said after communicating with Hyundai Tech Support, the dealer claimed the radar unit was faulty. But weeks later, the part was still on backorder with no indication of availability.

“This car is not even a year old with 10,000 miles and a safety system that I depend on for safety has stopped working after replacing tires.”

You will find more information about the 2022 complaints in our 2022 Hyundai Veloster article.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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