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2012 Hyundai Veloster

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2012 Hyundai Veloster Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

In simplest terms the all-new 2012 Hyundai Veloster is a modestly-priced hatchback with an unusual asymmetrical door arrangement, but in Hyundai's eyes, the Veloster is much more. Hyundai views the Veloster as something of a halo car, albeit at the bottom end of the pricing spectrum. That might sound like a lofty view of what is essentially a restyled Elantra, but having driven the 2012 Veloster and seen the public react to it, we think Hyundai might be onto something with all this halo talk. While less powerful than most of its hatchback competitors, the Hyundai Veloster's accessible price, unusual but practical design, excellent fuel economy and utterly unique styling should make it a welcome addition to the compact coupe landscape and an image-enhancing feather in Hyundai's cap.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Hyundai Veloster if you want a fun-to-drive, cool-looking hatchback coupe that is also practical and exceptionally fuel efficient.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though great consideration went into the Veloster's asymmetrical door design – one door on the driver side, two on the passenger side – the results aren't perfect. The rear seats are tight for taller passengers and accessing them via the narrow right-side rear door can be tough. Those hoping for sedan-like rear-seat access in a coupe might want to scale back their expectations.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2012 Veloster's stylish looks and odd three-door arrangement are likely focal points, but fuel economy numbers up to 37 mpg on the highway and a price tag that undercuts all of its key competitors are also worth noting.

Driving the Veloster

Driving Impressions Firmly press the Hyundai Veloster's throttle pedal, and the vehicle responds by delivering casual acceleration, and even then only if the Veloster is in a gear that keeps the engine...

revs above 4,000 rpm or so. Pure power may not be Veloster's strong suit but solid fuel economy help make up for that fact. When it comes to choosing a transmission, you really can't go wrong. The 6-speed manual features short throws with positive engagement and a forgiving easy-to-use clutch pedal, while the optional 6-speed automatic reacts with appropriate urgency to throttle changes delivering quick, smooth shifts. Other 2012 Veloster high points include a forgiving-yet-planted ride and nicely weighted steering that provides a strong feeling of connectedness between the driver and the road. Ahem, we should also mention that there is a large blind spot over the driver's right shoulder, so be sure to adjust your mirrors accordingly.

Color-matched wheels
New Hyundai Veloster buyers can select special 18-inch wheels that feature a special center section painted in their car's body color. We remember seeing removable, paintable parts on aftermarket wheels years ago, but this is the few appearances of body-colored wheels straight from the manufacturer.

7-inch touchscreen
Navigation is still an added-cost option, but Hyundai smartly decided to include the nav system's high-res 7-inch touch-screen as standard equipment. Paired with Pandora Internet radio integration, Gracenote music organization, and a port that allows the connection of a video game console the 2012 Hyundai Veloster coupe/hatchback's standard touch screen forms the core of a very solid information and entertainment system.

2012 Hyundai Veloster Details
Interior

Inside, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is techy but tasteful. Cabin material quality is appropriately practical for the compact coupe/hatchback category, with plenty of hard-plastic panels, but also soft-touch materials strategically placed where occupant are likely to rest their elbows. In terms of space, front-seat occupants have little to complain about, but taller rear-seat passengers may find their heads brushing against the glass of the rear hatch. With 15.5 cubic feet available behind the rear seats, luggage space is generous. Lower the rear seatbacks and the Veloster makes an exceptional cargo hauler, though a high rear liftover can make loading heavier items difficult.

Exterior

With a striking face, long and low hatchback profile, pronounced wheel arches, and minimal gap between the tires and fenders the new Veloster looks aggressive, closely following the shape of the concept car on which it is based. There are plenty of neat design details but arguably the most interesting is the Veloster's door layout. There is one long door on the driver's side and two shorter doors on the passenger's side, both front-hinged allowing each to operate independently. It's an interesting arrangement designed to improve rear-seat accessibility versus a standard coupe and adds distinct visual flavor to an already compelling design.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In its least expensive, form the Hyundai Veloster includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, steering wheel audio and cruise controls, power windows, mirrors and door locks, and a 6-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary audio inputs. Standard safety features include six airbags as well as traction and stability control. Hyundai's Blue Link system is also included for a six-month trial period offering services like remote vehicle unlocking, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery and slowdown, and a system that alerts the owner if whoever is driving exceeds a preset speed or takes the vehicle outside a specified area.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2012 Veloster are divided into two packages. The Style Package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, fog lights, leather interior appointments and an 8-speaker audio system with a subwoofer, among other niceties. The Veloster Tech Package is only available when paired with the Style Package and features backup sensors, a navigation system with a backup camera, automatic headlights, keyless entry and engine start, and painted wheel inserts on its 18-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

The new Veloster's engine uses continuously variable valve timing and direct-injection technology to squeeze 138-horsepower out of its modest 1.6-liter displacement. Power is sent from the engine to the front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch 6-speed automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. While not officially confirmed, we've heard strong rumblings about the possibility of a turbocharged engine in the Veloster's future. We think that'd make the all-new Veloster as interesting to drive as it is to look at.

1.6-liter in-line 4
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
123 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 (manual), 27/35 (automatic)

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2012 Hyundai Veloster Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 94 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

It may not be a 'Vette, but it is MY 'Vette!

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good price, good power, fun to drive"

Cons: "None to speak of."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I absolutely love it. It's uniquely stylish. People always ask what kind of car it is, etc. It's perky - accelerates nicely. Brakes well. Corners very well. I have not had any concerns or issues. I'm not easy on the gas pedal and get approx. 25+ MPG city driving and 32+ open highway at 75+ mph. I constantly get comments on the looks and how much room there is in the cabin -- to include the back seat. My bicycle fits nicely when the back seats are laid down. My only slight complaint is it rides a bit rough -- but it is does have sport rims - so it's acceptable. The three door can cause problems if carrying more than 3 people - which I rarely do. I would recommend this car in a heart beat."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best Car I have ever owned !

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,551

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything !!!!"

Cons: "Have found none yet !!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been won over by Hyundai. My Veloster is the best car I have ever owned. I have driven many different makes and styles of cars in my 60 plus years. The Veloster is the best driving experience I have ever had. It matches or beats the feel and handling of any car I have ever driven. Great Car it is a solid 10 on a scale of 1-10. I would and will recommend this brand of car to anyone who asks."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great sport hatch!!

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reasonably priced, fun, great mileage, unique."

Cons: "Not so great in snow and ice."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We've had a 2015 Turbo for about 10,000 miles, and just love it. It's quick, and gets great gas mileage. I once got 34.5mpg average running 300 miles at 80+mph most of the time!! The interior is comfortable, and the full sunroof really opens it up. The rear seat is fine for adults on short trips, and the cargo space is plentiful. The ONLY shortcoming we've found is that it doesn't handle the snow very well. But we're able to garage it and use our truck on those days. It's our first Hyundai, and I would highly recommend it for someone looking for a quality second car, commuter car, or road trip car."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fun vehicle! Easy to find in parking lot!

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,150

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good mpg, sporty and fun, lots of easy to use tech"

Cons: "Blind spot in rear, no power seats, no spare tire"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had this car for about 2 weeks and my boyfriend and I love it. I got the Turbo edition for more power since we both have a heavy foot and tend to be aggressive drivers and this car handles it like a dream. We got the automatic version since I don't have experience driving a manual but it does have a "manual" mode which my boyfriend uses when he wants to feel like he's driving a manual. It gets great gas mileage and is comparable to the Kia Spectra I traded in for it which got about 40mpg. I like the easy to use controls and we have both found the car to be perfectly roomy for us ( he's 6'2 and I'm 5'8). It does have heated seats with two heat settings but it doesn't have power seats which I find odd and it doesn't come with a spare tire or jack which is a bit of a pain. The tires are nitrogen filled which is something you might want to know in advance since you won't be able to stop at any gas station and use their air machine to fill a low tire. The car does come with a nitrogen bottle in the truck though to fill your tires. We didn't get the navigation package but since you can blue tooth your phone to the car it isn't really necessary. We just use the navigation on our phones and run it through the car. I do dislike the big blind spot on the rear passenger side due to an almost 2 foot wide section of body and a support beam. You can make up for it though by adjusting the mirrors a bit and the back up camera helps tremendously when backing up since it has a wide angle view. The back seats could stand to be a bit roomier and passengers have to watch their heads when you open the back hatch but a simple "Heads up" should fix that. It's a really fun, sporty car that definitely stands out in the crowd and I look forward to many years of fun with. It's definitely something you should at least test drive if looking for something similar to a Golf or Fucus but for a little less money."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great looking car

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great looking, great gas mileage"

Cons: "Not much power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car except it is somewhat anemic. Probably should have gotten the turbo but it gets 31MPG average. You can't have both!! I have owned it 2 years and have not had ANY problems."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

We love it!

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks great, handles nice, great on gas"

Cons: "Bad blinds spots, a litte hard to get out of"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We drove a 2013 Hyundai Veloster as a rental car a few years ago, and liked it so much we decided to purchase a brand new 2015 Veloster SE a few years later. We have not regretted it so far! The bad first: #1 - Blind spots are a bit small, the back windows are basically tiny triangle slivers. #2 - Slightly low to the ground and hard to get out of. We are in our early 30's so this is not a big deal for us, but if you are an elderly person this is not a car for you. #3 - Not a ton of back seat space. However, we don't have kids, so this really isn't an issue for us. The good stuff: #1 - We LOVE the look of this car. Super stytlish and youthfull. #2 - It has pep! Especially when you use the Duel Clutch. The flappy paddles are fun to use too. #3 - Extremely fuel efficient. I drove it about 600km up north and back within the first 2 months that we bought it and I got 5.6 L / 100kms. #4 - The tech. A lote of people on this review site seem to complain about the tech on this car (radio, speakers, bluetooth, etc), but we love all of these features! I can only assume that either the tech got better in 2015 (most of the review are from 2013-2014) or that those people were unlucky and got duds. So far we've had no problems. My friend works at Hyundai in Niagara Falls and he says that he rarely ever sees Velosters come in for repair, but when he does it's usually sound system issues. #5 - Great service and a great warentee! Overall great car :)"

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

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