2012 Hyundai Veloster — Flash Drive
This 2012 review is representative of model years 2012 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Hyundai Veloster is sporty and fun to drive. The driver's seat is almost perfect, with a great steering wheel and clear instruments. The rear seats are also comfortable and easy to access from the lone rear door, and the predictably limited headroom isn't too bad. The Veloster is a great introduction to sporty cars. It has responsive and accurate steering, a smooth manual transmission, and an entertaining engine that makes all the right noises. The engine is so smooth that I wished for more power in the higher rev range, but you can't have everything at this price. My biggest complaint is that the side mirrors had a limited adjustment range — I couldn't eliminate the blind spots with the mirrors. – Paul Hagger
It looks like Hyundai has another hit on its hands with the Veloster, a practical compact coupe with distinctive styling — and a third door — that sets it apart from the crowd. While the Veloster is a practical, efficient compact with EPA ratings of 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway, it has a cutting-edge style that we've come to expect from Hyundai. The unique shape of the Veloster won't appeal to everyone, but the design definitely attracts attention and it is fun to drive. The Veloster will appeal to the driver who needs a practical, fuel-efficient car, but who still wants to make a statement and doesn't want to settle for a boring, generic design. With its 6-speed manual transmission, a driver can take advantage of all 138 horsepower on tap from the direct-injection 1.6-liter engine; it's a car that an enthusiast can enjoy. The rear-side door on the passenger side is a unique design element, but it's also a practical feature for rear-seat access while still retaining the coupe style. – Mike Meredith
Hyundai can do no wrong, or so it seems. The latest new model from the Korean company — the Veloster — is outstanding. This sporty coupe has a sleek silhouette with unique front and rear styling and a center-placed rear exhaust that helps it stand out from everything else on the road. The interior is fabulous, with 2-tone sport seats and a usable back seat, made even more so by the rear door on the passenger side. Just like in other Hyundais, everything is easy to use, but one annoyance was the need to reconnect my Bluetooth phone every time I got in the car. More than just looking sporty, the Veloster handles surprisingly well for a front-wheel-drive car. Cornering and steering are exceptional; however, power is not. The sacrifice in power is not in vain — I saw high-20 mpgs in city driving, and Hyundai claims 40 mpg on the highway. Still, I'm excited about the turbo coming next year. With its unique styling and low price — loaded is just over $21,000 — the Veloster should be at the top of anyone's list when looking for a small, sporty coupe. – Perry Stern