2012 Hyundai Veloster Review / Test Drive = MPGomatic

Uploaded by mpgomatic on 11.02.2012

The Veloster is equipped with a direct-injected 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine producing
138 horsepower and 123 foot pounds of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard,
while a six-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. A significantly more powerful turbocharged
engine is in the works for 2013.
The official fuel economy estimates for the six-speed manual 2012 Hyundai Veloster are
28 city / 40 highway miles per gallon. The six-speed automatic is rated at 29 city / 38
We put over 400 miles on our manual-equipped Triathlon Gray review unit and fell just short
of the official mileage estimates, with an average of 38.9 MPG on the Interstate highway
and 33.1 MPG combined with temperatures ranging from the mid-twenties through the mid-fifties.
If you’re looking for acceleration that’ll push you back in your seat, you might want
to wait for next year’s turbo.
While the Veloster’s center-mounted Trip Computer provides two trip meters, range to
empty, and average MPG displays, it’s the standard seven-inch LCD that brings the goodies,
with an Eco Driving bar graph and Blue Max training system to encourage light-footed
Despite an appearance that would lead one to expect a harsh ride, the Veloster is far
more refined. Think comfortable, more so than flickable. We have no qualms about the manual
shifter and clutch.
The Veloster’s handsomely designed cabin is packed with tech features, but it’s lacking
in some creature comforts. The driver’s seat has six-way manual adjustment. Heated
seats and adjustable lumbar support are not offered in the 2012 model.
Hands-free Bluetooth and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system are are standard. Two
twelve-volt outlets can be found at the base of the dash, on either side of the auxiliary
audio and USB input jacks.
Our tester was fitted with the Tech and Style option packages.
The Tech option package includes a 115V outlet in the center console, along with a backup
camera and warning system, navigation system, automatic headlights, and proximity key with
push button start.
The Style package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, leatherette bolster seats, a panoramic
sunroof, piano black trim, and alloy pedals, along with a leather wrapped steering wheel
and shift knob. The music’s pumped through an eight-speaker 450-watt Dimension audio
system with an external amp and subwoofers.
The three-door Veloster’s rear seat is tight, with just 35.3 inches of headroom and 31.7
inches of legroom. Access can be a challenge.
The Veloster’s cargo area is fitted with a standard cargo cover and provides for 15.5
cubic feet of storage with the 60/40 split rear seat up. Folding down the rear seat provides
a surprising amount of space.
All-in-all, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster offers a unique Eco Sport twist, as it jostles with
the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Sonic Turbo, Fiat 500 and Honda CR-Z hybrid. While none of these
cars are out-and-out fast, they’re all solid handlers and are fun to hustle about. Although
the 2012 Veloster lacks niceties like heated seats and adjustable lumbar support, its Blue
Link system and standard seven-inch LCD touchscreen move it to the front of the pack when it comes
to in-cabin technology.
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