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2012-2017 Hyundai Veloster

How to upgrade the stereo system in your Veloster

hyundai veloster

In brief: This Crutchfield Research Garage article gives you an overview of your Veloster's stock stereo system and your aftermarket upgrade options. We'll tell you all about:

Then, use our vehicle selector to find the gear that will fit your Hyundai.

Overview of the Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster isn’t wild or crazy, but it is definitely funky. And we like the funk, so we like the Veloster. With three doors, an available panoramic sunroof, a nice array of tech options, and a distinctive silhouette, this sporty little hatchback combines funkiness and fun in a very nifty little package.

The first things most people notice about the Veloster is the door situation. With one on the driver’s side and two on the passenger’s side, the asymmetric configuration is definitely unusual. But it’s also kind of smart, since the two smaller doors are on the curb side of things, so ingress and egress is much easier than it would be with a traditional coupe.

The stock stereos range from okay to better-than-okay, but if you want your actual funk (or rock or rap or country or classical, for that matter) to sound as good as it can in this funky little ride, you’ll want to upgrade everything you can as soon as you can. Here’s a quick look at what’s possible and what’s involved in the process.

hyundai veloster factory radio

The Veloster's factory radio is reasonably easy to remove and replace (Crutchfield Research Photo)

The factory stereo system

The stock stereo options changed a bit over the years, but basically, you’re dealing with either the 6-speaker base system or the 8-speaker Dimension Audio system.

The stock dash will hold your choice of single-DIN (2” tall) or double-DIN (4” tall) aftermarket stereos, with the help of a dash kit that’s available at a nice discount with your Crutchfield stereo purchase.

Note: In the case of the 2016-up navigation receiver and all 2017 receivers, radio replacement is not recommended due to the lack of a compatible dash kit or wiring harness adapter.

You’ll also save on the wiring harness adapter you’ll need to connect the new stereo to the car’s wiring. When you enter your vehicle info, we’ll show you the stereos that fit and make sure you get the right adapter for your car.

Depending on the stereo you choose and the stock receiver you’re replacing, you will lose some factory features when you install a new receiver. These include (when present to begin with) the factory navigation, the AUX input, the factory USB input, the factory satellite radio capability, BlueLink voice prompts, and fader controls.

Detailed stereo and speaker removal instructions

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With step-by-step disassembly instructions and plenty of up-close, detailed photos, our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™ takes the guesswork out of removing the factory stereo and speakers. It's free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for just $9.99.

In vehicles equipped with automatic climate controls, the fan mode, fan speed, auto status, and temperature functions will still work, but you'll have no visual confirmation of the settings.

That said, some of those functions (inputs and satellite radio) are easy to find on lots of aftermarket stereos these days. If you have questions, our expert advisors can help you find exactly what you’re looking for, so give us a call or chat.

If you're planning to bypass the factory amp in this car, we recommend either replacing the low-impedance factory speakers with standard 4-ohm aftermarket speakers or adding an aftermarket amplifier. This will prevent overheating and other damage to your new stereo.

hyundai veloster radio removal

The dash panel is pretty tight in most Velosters, so use caution when you're removing it (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the factory radio

Removing and replacing the stock radio is pretty simple. The first thing you’ll do is set the parking brake and disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent any electrical short. Once that’s done, you’re ready to go.

Starting at the top edges, use a panel tool to pry out the receiver trim panel to release fourteen retaining clips. The clips are pretty strong, so you’ll need to achieve a combination of effort and patience to do the job without damaging the dash panel. You can do this, but you can’t go full-on meathead while you’re doing it.

Once it’s loose, you can allow the panel to hang by the harnesses. Just be sure to protect the panel finish by covering it with a (clean) towel or shop cloth.

Remove the four Phillips screws securing the factory radio, then pull the radio out, disconnect it, and remove it.

To install the new stereo, follow the instructions included with your wiring harness adapter and dash kit, then do the panel removal process in reverse. Be sure to test the receiver before you button everything up.

Receiver depth can be an issue in the Veloster’s dash, because there are a couple of potential obstructions in the cavity. We’ll make sure you get something that fits, but if the receiver you think you want doesn’t show as fitting your car, that’s one likely reason why. If you have questions, our advisors are here to help via phone or chat.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, clean shop cloth

Read our Car Stereo Buying Guide for shopping tips and advice.

Shop for car stereos that fit your Hyundai Veloster

Steering wheel audio controls

In most cases, it's reasonably easy to retain your Veloster's steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo. When you enter your vehicle information, our database will choose the adapter you need to make your factory steering wheel controls work with a compatible aftermarket receiver.

hyundai veloster front door

Upgrading the speakers will really fill out the sound in your Veloster (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the factory speakers

All Velosters feature speakers in the doors, plus another speaker in the panel on the driver’s side, for a base total of six. The Dimension Audio system adds a center dash speaker and an 8" rear subwoofer.

hyundai veloster center dash speaker

The Veloster's Dimension Audio system includes a center dash speaker (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the center dash speaker

The 8-speaker system includes a 4" center dash speaker that’s reasonably easy to reach and replace. Start by prying up the center dash grille to release eight clips, then remove the grille. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the speaker, then pull it out, and disconnect it.

There aren’t any mounting brackets that work here, so you’ll need to use one of our universal backstraps to secure your new speaker. There’s also no wiring harness adapter, so you’ll need to splice, solder, or (easier) use Posi-Products speaker connectors to connect the new speaker to the factory wiring.

Also note that replacing the low-impedance factory speaker with a 4-ohm aftermarket speaker will result in lower volume levels. It’s something to keep in mind while you’re shopping. Adding an aftermarket amplifier can also help with this.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver

hyundai veloster front door speaker

You'll need to drill out the rivets that hold the stock door speakers in place (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the front door speakers

One of these doors is not like the other, but generally speaking, the speaker removal/replacement process is the same.

Starting at the top edge, pry out the sail panel to release three retaining clips, then remove the panel. Pry out the screw cover behind the door release and remove one Phillips screw.

On the driver’s side only, you’ll then need to pry open the screw cover in the door pull cup and remove one Phillips screw.

Getting back to stuff for both doors, you’ll then need to pry off the door pull cover. Starting at the pry point at the bottom edge, pry it off and remove it. Remove the three 10mm bolts exposed when you removed the cover.

Next, pry out the sides and bottom of the door panel to release ten clips. Disconnect the door lock and release cables, then disconnect the wiring harnesses and remove the door panel. Be sure to stash it somewhere safe while you keep working.

hyundai veloster door tweeter

The front doors will make a great home for a set of component woofers and tweeters (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Tweeters: Once the door panels are off, life gets a lot easier. To remove the factory tweeters (which are heat-fused to their mounting brackets), you’ll just need to remove the two Phillips screws securing the bracket. Pull off the wiring harness plug and remove the tweeter.

There are no mounting brackets that work in this location, so you’ll need our universal backstraps to secure your new tweeters. Silicone or hot glue can work, too.

hyundai veloster speaker bracket

When you order from Crutchfield, we'll make sure you get the mounting brackets you need to install your new speakers (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Woofers: The 6-3/4" stock woofers can be replaced by a nice selection of 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" aftermarket models. There are universal brackets that work nicely here, so we’ll include those with your Crutchfield speaker purchase.

The challenging part of this bit is that you’ll need to drill out the four rivets securing the woofer (a 3/16" bit will work nicely), then use a 1/8" bit to drill new mounting holes for the new speaker or bracket. This isn’t exactly rocket surgery, but you are drilling a hole into your car, so work carefully, know what you’re drilling into, and always wear eye protection.

Once your new component speakers are in place, test them out to make sure they’re working properly. If they are, you’re ready to start putting the doors back together. Make sure the door locks and windows are working before you start putting the panels back together.

Tools needed: Panel tool, small flat blade screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, 10mm socket, ratchet and extension, drill with 3/16" and 1/8" bits

hyundai veloster drivers side rear speaker

This is not as bad as it looks. Just be patient, stay organized, and work carefully. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the left rear side panel speaker

On the driver’s side, you’ll find a 6-3/4" speaker behind the rear panel. You can replace it with a 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" aftermarket model. Getting to this speaker takes some doing, but it’s nothing the average DIY-er can’t handle. Just make sure you block off some time to do it properly.

This speaker is mounted differently than its compatriot on the passenger’s side door, so you won’t use the same mounting bracket here as you do over there. We’ll make sure you get the right bracket when you order your speakers at Crutchfield, and we’ll also include complete, illustrated disassembly instructions.

You’ll need to drill new screw holes to mount your speaker in this location. Once the speaker is secured to the adapter bracket, put the speaker/bracket assembly in place and mark the new mounting holes. Remove the assembly and drill the holes with a 1/8" bit. As noted above, you’ll want to work carefully, know what you’re drilling into, and wear eye protection.

Once the speaker is secured and connected, test to make sure it’s working. If it is, start putting things back together. Make sure the seats and seat belts are secured to manufacturer’s specifications.

You'll hear a loss of volume if you replace the low-impedance factory speakers with standard 4-ohm aftermarket speakers. We recommend using 2-ohm speakers to replace both rear speakers.

Tools needed: Panel tool, 12mm socket, ratchet and extension, Phillips screwdriver, drill with 1/8" bit

hyundai veloster rear door speaker

You'll use different brackets for each of the rear speakers (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the right rear door speaker

On the rear door speaker, you’ll find another 6-3/4" speaker that can be replaced by a 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" aftermarket model. Again, you’ll get a different mounting bracket for this speaker.

Starting at the top edge, pry out the sail panel to release three clips, then remove the panel and the exposed Phillips screw underneath. Next, pry out the screw cover behind the door release and remove one Phillips screw, then pry open the screw cover inside the door pull cup and remove another Phillips screw. From here, pry out the sides and bottom of the door panel to release eight clips. Disconnect the door lock and release cables, then remove the door panel.

You’ll need to use a 3/16" bit and drill out the four rivets securing the woofer, then use a 1/8" bit to drill new mounting holes for the new speaker or bracket. Work carefully, know what you’re drilling into, and always wear eye protection.

Once the speaker is in place, test it out to make sure it’s working. If it is, you can start putting the door back together. Make sure the door lock and window are working properly, too.

Tools needed: Panel tool, small flat blade screwdriver, Phillip screwdriver, drill with 3/16" & 1/8" bits

hyundai veloster factory subwoofer

The 8" Dimension Audio subwoofer can be found in the Veloster's trunk (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the rear side subwoofer

The Veloster's 8" Dimension Audio sub is a dual voice coil model (each voice coil has a 1.8-ohm impedance) located behind the driver's side trim panel in the cargo area. It’s not hard to reach or replace, but there are some fiddly bits to the removal process We’ll detail those in your Crutchfield MasterSheet.

In most cases, you’ll need to mark and drill new mounting screw holes with a 1/8" bit. Again, work carefully, know what you’re drilling into, and wear eye protection.

There’s not a lot of depth in this location, so the available pool of aftermarket subs is somewhat shallow. Once good choice is the Pioneer TS-A2000LD2, an 8" shallow-mount sub that handles up to 250 watts RMS with a mounting depth of just 2-5/8".

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, drill with 1/8" bit

Read our Car Speakers Buying Guide for more information about shopping for new speakers.

Shop for speakers that fit your Hyundai Veloster

hyundai veloster trunk

The Veloster's trunk isn't huge, but there's room for a sub box or a powered subwoofer (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Adding bass to your Veloster

You do have some other ways to boost the bass in your Veloster. If you want to add a subwoofer box, the available space measures 43" W x 17" H x 27"/16" D. Is it a ton of space? No, but you can still get plenty of bass out of an enclosure that’ll fit there.

If you’re looking for a more custom-looking option, there’s a JL Audio Stealthbox for the Veloster. This custom-designed enclosure houses a 10" JL Audio sub that’s wired for a 2-ohm load and can handle up to 400 watts of power. This enclosure fits behind the rear seat on the passenger's side. The carpeting color is black, so it’ll blend into the interior nicely.

If you’re concerned about everyday human things like cargo and luggage, you can go with a powered subwoofer that’ll take up less space and fill out your music quite nicely.

Learn more about building a bass system in our Car Subwoofer Buying Guide.

Shop for vehicle-specific subwoofers for your Hyundai Veloster

Other options for your Veloster

Here are some other cool upgrade ideas for your Veloster.

hyundai veloster factory amplifier

The stock amp is located underneath the passenger's seat (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Addressing the amp

As noted above, when you replace the low-impedance stock speakers with standard 4-ohm aftermarket models, you'll need to bypass the factory amplifier. Or, you can add an aftermarket amp. The stock amp can be found underneath the passenger's seat. Learn more about adding amps to your system in our Car Amplifier Buying Guide.

Floor mats

It's easier than you think to mess up your Veloster's comfy interior while you're going about your daily business. Floor mats from WeatherTech will help protect your floors from dirt and damage.

Security systems and remote start

Installing a security system in your Veloster won't be easy (security systems rarely are), but it's definitely a good idea. Our Crutchfield Advisors can help figure out what you need to get the job done, but we usually recommend taking your car to a professional installer.

Adding remote start capability to your Veloster lets you warm it up in the winter or cool it down in the summer. Installation is usually easier with these systems, but we still ask that you call to order so that we can make sure you get the right harness for your ride.

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