2012 Hyundai Veloster

Base FWD 3-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

Base FWD 3-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

2012 hyundai veloster Reviews and News

2012 Hyundai Veloster Red Front View
In case you've missed the reports from, well, everywhere, Hyundai has been quite successful of late. Since 2008 -- about the time industry-wide auto sales jumped off a cliff - the Korean automaker has more than doubled its market share in the United States. Sales continue to set company records every month, inventories are low, and resale values are climbing. All very nice, but why does any of it matter to enthusiasts? Here's why: rising automakers with cash to burn have historically produced some fun cars. The 1964 Pontiac GTO, the 1974 Volkswagen Scirocco, the 1989 Mazda Miata, the 1990 Acura NSX, and even the 1998 Toyota Prius (for those willing to broaden their interpretation of "enthusiast's car") emerged from companies with enough money and confidence to roll the dice on something that just seemed interesting. That's why our eyes widened when we spotted the Veloster at this year's Detroit auto show. Eclectic but attractive, weird but not off-putting, efficient yet sporty. And although it has a lock on the growing premium-compact segment, it's not like anything on the market -- a first for the conservative automaker. Could this three-door, 40-mpg runabout be Hyundai's breakthrough enthusiast's car? We traveled to Portland, Oregon, to find out.
2012 Hyundai Veloster Blue Rear Left Side View
Rise of Korean style
There's been some scuttlebutt that Hyundai is fishing around for a big-name design chief. The brand's "fluidic sculpture" aesthetic, which has evolved on the Sonata, the Elantra, and the Accent, hasn't received the adulation lavished on the distinctly European-looking cars coming from its corporate kin at Kia. The Veloster should provide the Hyundai team some job security. Although its basic profile may call to mind the Honda CR-Z, it makes its own statement thanks to more than a dozen well-executed details, from its asymmetrical doors and center-exit exhaust tips to its angry yet cheerful face. It certainly draws attention. Throughout our drive from Portland and along the Oregon/Washington border, we encountered constant and at times overwhelming curiosity. At one stop, we had a middle-aged woman trying out the back seats as a Chinese tourist inquired about the price through an interpreter. Admittedly, a string of brand-new cars in colors such as electrolyte green and "26.2" yellow are going to cause some commotion, especially when set against the gray backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. But it's clear that the Veloster won't disappear in a crowd, even, we suspect, if that crowd includes competitors like the Mini Cooper, the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Fiat 500. The cool thing is that the Veloster doesn't get attention because it looks old and warmly familiar, but rather because it's so new.
The Veloster also differs from many of its competitors in that the style coexists harmoniously with the sort of functionality we've come to expect from Hyundai. The rear door opens to spacious bench seats, and it's easy to slide across the flat floor to the driver's side. There's probably enough room back there to squeeze three people, but cupholders (and no seatbelt) occupy the center position. The secret to the Veloster's roominess is that it isn't all that small of a car. This diminutive-looking jellybean actually stretches four inches longer than the Accent and sits on a wheelbase only two inches shorter than that of the Elantra. The cabin itself borrows heavily from both those cars, with familiar, ergonomically friendly controls and a long list of standard features including Bluetooth and Blue Link, Hyundai's answer to GM's OnStar service (and like OnStar, there's a subscription fee after a complimentary introductory period). Like the just-released Kia Rio, the Veloster also includes a standard seven-inch touch screen. All this family blood waters down the Veloster's distinctiveness a bit, although designers tried to mix things up with angular air-conditioning vents and a crosshatch dash pattern.
So you think you can dance?
Hyundai's fresh small-car parts bin also provides a strong mechanical starting point for the Veloster. Both the floorpan and the basic suspension design borrow from the Elantra, with the Veloster benefiting from its own tuning and the addition of an antiroll bar within the rear torsion beam. Hyundai says high-strength steel makes up more than 65 percent of the unibody and claims better torsional rigidity than the Volkswagen Scirocco, which makes sense as a benchmark when you learn that the Veloster is already on sale in Europe.
As we'd expect of such a rigid and relatively light car (curb weight ranges from about 2600 to 2800 pounds), the Veloster responds crisply to our steering inputs. That steering, while satisfyingly heavy, is not as good at listening - little road information makes it back to the steering wheel. On certain surfaces, noise from the eighteen-inch Kumho tires (seventeens come standard) resonates through the otherwise coffin-quiet cabin. The biggest surprise dynamically was how resolutely the Veloster - some eighty pounds lighter than the svelte Elantra - sticks to the road. To be honest, we're not quite sure how we feel about this. We certainly appreciated the surefootedness as we sailed past windsurfers along the gusty Columbia River. And yet, the suspension's quiet competence doesn't complement the devil-may-care styling as does, say, the squirmy, danceable back end of a Mini Cooper.
Disappointing powertrain
If Hyundai is to be congratulated for targeting Volkswagen in structural rigidity (and it is), it deserves censure for utterly ignoring VW's example when developing a dual-clutch automatic. The brand's new Ecoshift transmission, which debuts on the Veloster, provides neither the speed nor the immediacy we've come to expect from this technology. The only time it distinctly reminds us that it isn't an average torque-converter unit is, unfortunately, when the transmission slips a bit as we pull away from a stop in a gravel-covered parking lot. All this brings out the worst in the slow-revving 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which serves ably in the Accent and the Rio but underwhelms here. A sport mode with a more aggressive shift pattern and livelier throttle mapping might help matters, but none is offered. Hyundai does include an eco mode, which, to be fair, works unobtrusively. It also serves as a message that Hyundai's main focus remains fuel economy, and the combination indeed achieves an impressive 29/38 mpg city/highway EPA rating.
Hyundai got things right with the six-speed manual - smooth, precise shifts; light, easy to modulate clutch; and a bottom-hinged gas pedal positioned for fancy footwork. It also costs $1250 less and nets the so-much-more-impressive-sounding 40-mpg highway rating (offset by a slightly lower 28 mpg in the city). Banging off its rev limiter in third through some gently rolling hills, the engine finally wakes up and injects the Veloster with some verve.
Not enough, though. The problem is not so much a lack of power -- although 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque don't exactly set the spec sheet on fire. Rather, it's a distinct lack of energy. A Fiat 500 may not be able to get out of its own way, but it growls and yaps like it's having a grand old time. Hyundai North America CEO John Krafcik shrugs off the estimated 9.8-second 0-to-60-mph time by noting that not all sports cars need to be straight-line achievers. That's true, but they do need to sound like they're trying.
Conclusion: So good it's a bit disappointing
Hyundai's gamble on the Veloster will likely pay off big. It's hard to imagine a car so cool-looking, so practical, so efficient, and so inexpensive -- as cheap as $18,060 for one with a manual transmission -- failing to find a sizable following. And yet we walk away wanting more. Hyundai engineers, who in the last twenty years have come from tuning Mitsubishi four-cylinders to developing hybrids and dual-clutch automatic transmissions in-house, have yet to appreciate the subtleties that can transform a nice car into a great driving machine. The Veloster has good bones, and it sheds most of the bad habits that spoiled the stiff-riding, buzzy Genesis coupe that was released only two short years ago. We can't wait to see what the next two years have in store for the Veloster. We know what we want: more power. (And we hear it's coming, probably in the form of a turbocharged edition.)
2012 Hyundai Veloster Review
2012 Hyundai Veloster Review

The hatchback class is long standing for those looking for an affordable, dependable vehicle. The brand new 2012 Hyundai Veloster fits that need perfectly. While it has a dramatic exterior body design, the inside of the hatchback is fully loaded with not only comfort features, but also plenty of useful technology designed to do everything from keeping teen drivers where they belong, to issuing accident notifications, to providing entertainment. To see the economy side of the Veloster, you have to look hard.

Under the hood, the fun keeps coming with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. There is no doubt there are faster cars on the road, even in this class, but it is still fun to drive and gets the job done relatively well with either top notch transmission choice. Overall, the Veloster is worth taking a look at if you are in the market for a dependable, attractive hatchback.

New For 2012

For the 2012 model year, the Hyundai Veloster is a new model. It is a four passenger, three-door hatchback available in one trim level.

Exterior

Introduced brand new for the 2012 model year, the Hyundai Veloster is offered in a single well appointed trim level. The three-door design with the hatchback is a unique body style for the car maker. This car is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels. If the consumers choses the Veloster with the Style package, the wheel size is increased to 18 inches. For a hatchback, the Veloster is an extremely stylish car. It features a truly distinctive front end and grille. The grille is uniquely shaped with lots of metal accents. The Hyundai emblem is placed in the center of the grille towards the top. The headlights are placed to slant back towards the front fenders and hood of the model. Attractive modern lines accent the sides and doors of the car, as well as the rear fenders. The roof is tall and slopes dramatically back to the rear window and classic hatchback design. Hyundai managed to create a rather sports car looking vehicle unique to its class in design.

Interior & Cargo

As attractive as the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is from the outside, there is plenty to look forward to on the inside. This car is equipped with supportive, comfortable seats in the front and rear of the cabin. For the most part passengers of any size should be able to get comfortable for short trips or the long haul. On the other hand, while there is no shortage of leg room in the back seat, head room is at a premium due to the hatchback’s sloping roof. In terms of space, the available cargo area is rather impressive for a car of this size. With the rear seats in their upright position, the Veloster offers 15.5 cubic feet of space. With the seats folded, naturally that number increases.

The overall design for the cabin of the Veloster is fresh and modern without looking contrived. There is a great deal of hard plastic, but it is textured to help take the hard edge off somewhat. Adding to the modern appeal is the huge number of techno gadgets in the cabin. The Veloster is equipped with a seven inch touchscreen complete with the BlueLink system, outbound text messaging, and the navigation system. This car also features a geo fence system which can be used to keep teen drivers within certain perimeters if necessary.

Safety

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is equipped with plenty of standard safety features to meet requirements and provide plenty of peace of mind. This model is equipped with anti-lock brakes as well as stability and traction control. It also has the BlueLink system similar to OnStar in function. Additionally, the Veloster is also equipped with front seat side airbags and full length side curtain airbags as well.

Driving Experience

While the Hyundai Veloster isn’t a large car, it does have a worthwhile powertrain. This car comes with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Interested buyers can also choose the automated dual clutch manual transmission or the DCT as its known. This powertrain produced 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy for this model is estimated at 28/40 mpg city/highway with the standard manual transmission and 29/38 mpg city/highway with the DCT.

During test drives, the Veloster didn’t achieve the same rate of acceleration as some of its hatchback competitors. This is unusual for such a sporty car. However, the Veloster does have its strong points. This model is fun to drive with solid, predictable handling and is relatively quiet from engine and outside noise. It does allow a surprising amount of sound from the road into the cabin though. The ride quality is firm and large bumps in the road are felt clearly in the cabin.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Hyundai Veloster

  • Volvo C30
  • Mini Cooper
  • Scion tC
  • Honda CR-V

Rating

3
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Right Side View
Hyundai's about to move into the hot hatchback market with the introduction of its 2013 Veloster Turbo model, and we hear that the go-fast four-door will cost just $1600 more than a comparably equipped Veloster.
2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Front Three Quarter
Both Korean automakers are reporting record breaking Februaries today. Kia is reporting its 18th consecutive month of sales increases and Hyundai is crediting high fuel economy for its growth.
2012 Hyundai Veloster DCT Right Side View
Every time I get into a Veloster, I'm amazed by the value. I realize the car has faults, a rather unrefined powertrain chief among them, but good golly, you get into the thing and immediately take in the snazzy cabin, illuminated from all sides by a big, two-section moonroof; a big, double-paned hatch window; and a big, broad windshield. You shift into reverse and a rearview camera image pops up onto the screen and you think, how much does this car cost, anyway? So you fish the Monroney window sticker out of the glove box and see it's only $22,550 and it has this wonderful greenhouse, a rearview camera, a superb navigation system, an automatic transmission, and a climate control system with controls that are not only attractively displayed but also 100 percent intuitive to use. And if you're like me, and you just spent eleven days in our Four Seasons Mini Cooper Countryman, which costs about $35K, you think, jeez, Mini could learn a LOT from Hyundai about secondary control interfaces. A lot.

2012 Hyundai Veloster DCT

Hyundai Veloster Turbo And Cheetah
The Super Bowl kicks off in six days, which means it’s time for automakers to prematurely roll out their multi-million-dollar advertising campaigns for the big game. Hyundai released a total of five Super Bowl ads today on its YouTube page; while we’d like to call it an advertising blitz, the pun might be a bit too obvious.
Hyundai Veloster Rally Golfing Side
We already know that the Hyundai Veloster rally car is a pretty sweet racer -- but we've never pondered how it would serve as a golf cart. Apparently, the guys at Rhys Millen Racing answered the question absolutely no one was asking. In the following video, driver Rhys Millen and team take a Hyundai Veloster rally car out on the greens and commission it to golf cart duty. As you’d expect, the Veloster goes beyond the narrow paved roads tailor-made for a normal cart. Instead, the rally car proves that a golf course doubles as suitable practice grounds for a rally car, with plenty of dirt, grass, and hairpin turns to keep things interesting. The Veloster even pulls out a heroic move at the end, which you’ll have to click and watch for yourself. Fore! Source: YouTube

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2012 Hyundai Veloster Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
27 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
Horsepower:
138 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
123 ft lb of torque @ 4850rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
60,000 miles / 60 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 120 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Summary
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2012 Veloster vehicles manufactured from July 4, 2011, through October 31, 2011 and equipped with panoramic sunroofs. The panoramic sunroof assembly may have been weakened during installation at the factory.
Consequences
If the assembly was weakend at the factory, the panoramic glass panel may break while the vehicle is in motion leading to personal injury or a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the sunroof's integrity and replace the sunroof glass assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall began during March 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Potential Units Affected
6,071
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Summary
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2012 Veloster vehicles manufactured from November 1, 2011, through April 17, 2012 and equipped with panoramic sunroofs. The panoramic sunroof assembly may been weakened during installation at the factory.
Consequences
If the assembly was weakend at the factory, the panoramic glass panel may break while the vehicle is in motion leading to personal injury or a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the sunroof's integrity and replace the sunroof glass assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall began January 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Potential Units Affected
13,500
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
PARKING BRAKE:CONVENTIONAL:MECHANICAL:LINKAGE AND CABLE
Summary
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2012 Veloster vehicles manufactured from July 2, 2011, through February 27, 2012 and equipped with manual transmissions. Moisture and road grime may cause the parking brake components to bind.
Consequences
If the parking brake components bind, the parking brake may not operate properly, and the parking brake may drag while driving or may not fully engage when the vehicle is parked. If the parking brake is not fully engaged when parked, a manual transmission may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear brake caliper assemblies free of charge. The safety recall began January 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Potential Units Affected
4,490
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
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IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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