2012 Hyundai Veloster

The Good The 2012 Hyundai Veloster features a unique asymmetrical design that's bound to stand out from the crowd. Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system gives drivers access to a variety of connected services. Standard and upgraded cabin tech packages have been upgraded for this new model.

The Bad Power delivery is poor. Menu system borders on being too complex.

The Bottom Line The 2012 Hyundai Veloster's wimpy engine can't back up its sports-car looks. Fortunately, there's plenty of good cabin tech to keep drivers and passengers entertained.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 8.0
  • Performance tech 6.0
  • Design 8.0
7.4 Overall


2012 Hyundai Veloster
2012 Hyundai Veloster
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2012 Hyundai Veloster

Vehicle styling is about as subjective a subject as they come, but it's impossible to discuss the 2012 Veloster without addressing its looks and oddball design.

Up front, the Veloster's face is a complex mix-up of overlapping panels, large windswept headlights (with LED accent piping, of course), and hood vents. There's a lot going on here and the overall appearance is of a wild-eyed, buck-toothed cybernetic chipmunk. This is not the Veloster's most flattering angle, but if I'm honest, I still like it.

Working your way back down the driver's side of the car, the Veloster's low flat roof and deeply creased door shout "sport," and the wide rear fenders and high beltline echo that pretense. If the Veloster has a best angle, it's the rear quarter, where the center exhaust and insect-like rear lights enhance the visual width.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $17,300
  • Brand Hyundai
  • Available Engine Gas
  • Body style Hatchback
  • Trim levels Base
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model 2012 Hyundai Veloster

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