in 2012 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $14,491 - $15,059
Original MSRP: $17,300 - $18,550
MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy
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2012 Hyundai Veloster Interior

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The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is expensive for an affordable small car, but reviewers are thoroughly impressed with its high-quality materials and standard touch screen. Test drivers, however, are less impressed with the Veloster’s rear seat accommodations and visibility.

  • "The Veloster is impressively quiet for the class. Some road noise and a little wind noise enters the cabin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Overall, materials and switchgear are class appropriate or better and fit-and-finish is excellent." -- Autoblog
  • "In fact, the whole interior shames cars that cost thousands - if not tens of thousands - more. Volkswagen and Nissan could learn a lot from the Koreans about the proper application of hard plastics." -- Jalopnik


The 2012 Hyundai Veloster has an unusual seating arrangement. It seats two people comfortably in the front seats. Most testers say the front seats are comfortable and supportive, though the driver will find that rear visibility is poor. Reviewers, however, are divided over the Veloster’s unusual rear seat. There are seats for two people, but to enter the back seat, passengers must enter via a third door on the passenger side. Test drivers are surprised that there’s good legroom in the back seat, though taller passengers may bump their heads on the Veloster’s sloping roofline.

  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom for six footers. The driver seat and tilt and telescopic steering wheel help tailor a comfortable driving position. Bolsters help hold occupants in place during fast corners. Seats are nicely padded and supportive for long drives. … Wide doors make for easy entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats are supportive and comfortable for all-day touring, and the rear seat, while not spacious, could contain a full-size adult for an hour or so with no complaints. ..." -- Jalopnik
  • "Forward visibility is relatively unobstructed, thanks to narrow A-pillars, but the view rearward is hampered by that sloping roof line." -- Edmunds
  • "Passengers over 6 feet are going to have some issues in back with headroom especially, but legroom is actually pretty decent." -- Motor Trend
  • "That bonus rear door opens up to an unexpectedly usable rear seat, with plenty of knee and legroom, and enough headroom for sub-six-foot passengers to avoid claustrophobia, though taller friends will likely balk." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Reviewers say the Hyundai Veloster is one of the most well-equipped and well-constructed vehicles in its class. It comes standard with steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a 7-inch touch screen with AM/FM/satellite radio. Test drivers think the touch screen can be confusing. Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB input jacks and Hyundai’s Blue Link, a system that allows the driver to send verbal text messages and offers navigation instructions, are also standard.

Navigation and a Dimension premium audio system are optional. Reviewers like both.

  • "The major controls are well laid out and easy to see and use at a glance. Every Veloster comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, which absorbs most audio and infotainment adjustments. The climate controls are separate. Some menus, such as that for general setup adjustments, can be complicated." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is, quite simply, the most well-appointed vehicle in its price range." -- Edmunds
  • "Meanwhile, the optional Dimension audio system sounds excellent." -- Jalopnik
  • "Omissions? You can't order heated seats, an oversight that Krafcik pledged to us he would fix by the end of the model year, and leather and high-intensity discharge headlamps, once-costly options that are now making their way to the shallow end of the market, aren't available either." -- Autoblog


Considering the 2012 Veloster is a sporty hatchback, reviewers think the 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space it offers is impressive. And with the rear seats folded, that number increases to 34.7, which is generous.

  • "At 105.3 total cubic feet, including passenger and cargo space, it bests the Honda CR-Z and both the Mini Cooper and Clubman." -- Motor Trend
  • "Negotiate the trunk's high liftover height, and there's even a surprisingly generous 15.5 cubic-feet of cargo space. How the hell did they cram all that in such a tiny footprint?" -- Autoblog
  • "The rear seat backs fold almost flat, but leave an open space between them and the cargo floor into which small items can fall and be lost." -- Consumer Guide

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