Consumer Reviews Summary
38 of 40 (95%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Hyundai Veloster Overview
The latest new creation from Hyundai, the 2012 Veloster is an all-new model that offers a unique three-door setup along with plenty of driving engagement and fuel economy to go around.
To say that the Veloster is unlike any other car currently on the road would not be an understatement, both in appearance and in its three-door concept. From the driver’s side, it looks like a normal coupe hatchback but move over to the passenger’s side and there is a front-hinged rear door which allows easier entrance/exit from the rear seats. Hyundai wants the Veloster to be a sportier compact alternative, and this is reflected in its flared fenders, LED headlight accents, and center mounted rectangular exhaust.
Under the hood, the Veloster will only have one engine option at its release, a 138-horsepower, direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Transmission options include a six-speed manual for those who prefer to row their own gears, and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. That might not seem like much power, especially for a car that portends to be sporty, but when you consider the Veloster’s light weight (lighter than a MINI Cooper S) it is plenty.
The 2012 Veloster also sets out to prove that you can combine a sportier driving experience without paying for it at the pump. Fuel economy figures for the Veloster impress, 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. The dual-clutch automatic is close behind at 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the Veloster comes with seating for up to four passengers (2+2) and a surprising amount of rear cargo space (15.5 cubic feet, more than a Honda Accord). The Veloster is also very well outfitted for cars of this segment, coming with air conditioning, power windows/locks, iPod/USB inputs, Bluetooth®, and steering-wheel audio/Bluetooth controls as standard equipment. Also standard is a seven-inch LCD touchscreen which controls the sound system, Bluetooth, and Hyundai’s new Blue Link system (more on that later). Want more? Options include a panoramic sunroof, proximity key with push button start, rear view camera, and a voice-controlled navigation system.
Blue Link is Hyundai’s new telematics service (similar to the OnStar service offered by GM). It is subscription based, and offers useful features like automatic crash notification, SOS assistance, remote door unlocking, voice text messaging, and stolen vehicle notification. For parents, it offers things like speed alerts, curfew alert, and “geo-fencing,” which informs them when the car leaves a certain area.
Safety features include electronic stability and traction control, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, and six airbags. A rearview camera is optional.
If the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is a breath of fresh air, combining a unique design with great fuel economy, sporty handling, and many standard options you don’t find in cars of this class/price.