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2012 Hyundai Veloster Review

Review Last Updated: 4/23/13

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

The 2012 Veloster is an all-new model from Hyundai that boasts a unique exterior and a handful of standard features, but test drivers have some quibbles with performance and visibility. 

Test drivers think the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is an intriguing car. It has three doors, four seats and a quirky exterior. Reviewers don’t take issue with the Veloster’s strange proportions or exterior design, but they dislike one of its most important features: the powertrain. The Hyundai Veloster’s engine power and steering are uninspiring, and test drivers say they are the Veloster’s Achilles’ heel.

Mundane performance aside, test drivers love almost everything else. Inside, the Veloster is packed with plenty of standard features, like a 7-inch touch screen, and test drivers say cabin quality approaches near-luxury status. Rear passenger space doesn’t get as much praise, but the front seats are spacious and comfortable.

Overall, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster has a lot to offer, but only shoppers who don’t mind uninspiring performance will be truly satisfied.

Other Cars to Consider

For something that’s fun to drive and fuel-efficient, check out the Mini Cooper. It’s one of the zippiest small cars in the class, but you will make some compromises. The Cooper’s back seat is smaller than the Veloster’s, and there’s little cargo space. The Copper is also more expensive, and while its fuel economy ratings are comparable with the Veloster’s, it uses premium gasoline.

Shoppers who want a small car with a stand-out exterior but think the Veloster is over-styled should consider the Volkswagen Beetle. VW redesigned it for the 2012 model year, and now it has a more masculine exterior, higher fuel economy ratings (though they aren’t comparable with the Veloster’s) and an optional turbocharged engine that reviewers say is fun to drive.

Details: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is an all-new model that is only available in one trim, but it does have a number of optional features such as a dual-clutch automatic transmission, rearview camera and navigation system.

  • "A roomy interior for 4 passengers, a large cargo hold, high-technology features, and impressive projected fuel economy mean its a very compelling choice in the class." -- Consumer Guide
  • "These faults are easily outbalanced by the Veloster's strengths. Hyundai starts with evocative styling, continues with ample features and winds up with a small-car driving experience that fights above its weight class." -- Edmunds
  • "The ride quality's excellent and the whole package has a soundness of build and a presence that bespeaks of genuine value-for-money." -- Jalopnik

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