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2012 Hyundai Veloster

At a Glance

Pricing $17,300 - $18,550
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.6l I4
Transmissions M6, SM6
Fuel Economy 27 (city), 35-37 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 54

Overview Information

The Hyundai Veloster is a unique new compact coupe/hatchback that serves as a sportier alternative to the Elantra sedan. The distinctive styling of the Veloster features a high, nearly horizontal hatchback with a vertical rear window similar to the Honda CR-Z. Hyundai has taken a novel approach to the ingress/egress problems associated with coupes. The driver's side has a full-length single door; however, the passenger side actually has two forward hinged doors. In theory, this is a more workable solution than the half-sized access doors that have appeared on cars and trucks in the past. The Veloster is almost identical in size to its corporate relative the Kia Forte Koup. Inside are two rows of seats for five passengers. A 1.6l four cylinder engine rated at 138-bhp is standard, but the Veloster should feel quick due to its low curb weight. Hyundai offers only one trim level, but owners can upgrade their Veloster with one of two option packages. The Preferred package adds upgraded wheels/tires, a premium audio system and a panoramic sunroof. The Technology package adds a Navigation system and push button start.

What Changed:

The Hyundai Veloster is a new compact coupe with a square rear hatch. The Veloster features a unique entry system with a full-sized door on the driver's side, and two forward hinged doors on the passenger side. A 1.6l four-cylinder rated at 138-bhp is the standard engine. The Veloster is available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission. The Veloster is front-wheel-drive.

Official Word:

Hyundai today introduced its cutting-edge Veloster three-door coupe in a world debut at the North American International Auto Show. The 2012 Veloster delivers innovation to the compact coupe segment with a unique third door for easy rear-seat access, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, Pandora internet radio with seven-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine mated to Hyundai's first dual-clutch transmission. HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2012 VELOSTER All-new three-door coupe design Coupe design with the functionality...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Veloster 1.6l I4 (138-bhp) M6 FWD 27/37/32 54 $17,300
Veloster 1.6l I4 (138-bhp) SM6 FWD 27/35/31 54 $18,550