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2012 Hyundai Veloster: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions December 2015

Replacing the Tiburon in Hyundai's extensive model lineup, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster brings high style and youthful appeal at an affordable price. The Veloster shares many of its mechanical bits with the compact Hyundai Elantra sedan, while breaking ground with an innovative 3-door coupe configuration and motorcycle-inspired design. To aid ingress and egress to the rear seat, the Veloster adds a single rear door on the passenger side. There is no rear door for the driver's side of the vehicle. Though the Veloster looks like a hatchback coupe, it has a conventional rear trunk with a surprising 15.5 cu ft. of space that opens up to a generous 34.7 cu ft. of space for longer items when the rear seatbacks are folded down. Power is modest from the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, but the Veloster handles well and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) rates it at 37 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. It's value-packed with a lot of standard amenities and loaded with design flair, from a triangular motorcycle-inspired instrument panel to a racy center-exit dual exhaust. Standard safety features include a tire pressure monitoring system, electronic stability and traction control, 4-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, front-seat side airbags and front and rear overhead airbags.

The 2012 Veloster coupe is a good used-car value with distinctive design flair, fun-to-drive handling and good fuel economy at a reasonable price.

What We Like

Motorcycle-inspired design touches; center-exit exhaust; standard 7-inch touchscreen; easy rear-seat access; standard glass sunroof; 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; good fuel economy; lively handling

What We Don't

No hatchback opening for larger cargo; limited rear-seat head- and legroom; measured acceleration; no power driver's seat

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2012 Veloster has just one engine choice, a direct-injected 1.6-liter double overhead camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. It puts out 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel and is available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Equipped with the manual gearbox, the Veloster has an EPA rating of 27 mpg city/37 mpg hwy, while the dual-clutch automatic version has a 27 mpg city/35 mpg hwy rating. The Veloster is not endowed with an overabundance of power, but its low weight and good handling make it fun to drive. All Velosters are equipped with front-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster comes well equipped with a long list of standard items, including a panoramic glass sunroof, 17-in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, remote keyless entry, cloth seats, a rear spoiler, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with a 7-in touchscreen, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with voice recognition, Pandora and Gracenote apps, Blue Link mobile telematics and power windows, mirrors and door locks.

Major options include fog lamps, automatic headlamps, backup warning sensors, 18-in alloy wheels, leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, push-button starting, cloth and leatherette seat trim, alloy pedals and a navigation system with a backup camera.

Pricing

The Veloster is a niche product with strong youth appeal. Because it's backed by one of the strongest new-car warranties in the business, it's one of the best-selling small coupes in the market. The Veloster is all about alternative style, so exterior color is a big factor when it comes to pricing.

For a good idea of the 2012 Veloster's price range, check out KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following recalls for the 2012 Veloster:

The panoramic glass sunroof may shatter when the car is in motion, injuring occupants and creating a crash risk.

On manual transmission models, the parking brake may bind and either not apply fully or drag when the car is moving. Also, it may allow an unattended vehicle to roll away when parked.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA did not rate the 2012 Veloster for crash performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2012 Veloster a Marginal rating for small-overlap front impacts, an Acceptable rating for side impacts and Good ratings for head restraints and seats, moderate-overlap front impacts, as well as roof strength.

Hyundai sold the 2012 Veloster with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (for original owners only), a 7-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty and 5 years/unlimited miles of roadside-assistance coverage.

Hyundai certified pre-owned vehicles can't be more than 4 years old or have more than 60,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Veloster undergoes a 150-point inspection. Each receives the balance of Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Roadside assistance is extended to 10 years/unlimited miles from the vehicle's original date of sale. Also included are 3 months of SiriusXM radio and a vehicle history report.

Other Cars to Consider

2012 Scion tC -- Scion's best-selling model continues as a stylish coupe powered by a 180-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine teamed with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. The tC's EPA fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy pale in comparison to the Veloster's.

2012 MINI Cooper Coupe -- Built by BMW, the MINI Cooper offers classic small-coupe style and legendary handling, but tends to be more expensive to purchase and service. Choose an extended warranty, if offered. The MINI Cooper's base 121-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder is less than thrilling, but the MINI Cooper S model's turbocharged 181-hp four takes full advantage of the MINI's well-sorted chassis.

Autotrader's Advice

The Veloster is proof that small cars don't have to be boring. While adding a dash of motorcycle-inspired style, Hyundai's small coupe also delivers many standard amenities, fun-to-drive handling and good fuel economy. While not a hatchback, the Veloster's 15.5 cu ft. trunk is huge for the class, and the added passenger-side rear door makes rear-seat access a breeze. Always look for a vehicle that's been maintained well. Selecting a Hyundai certified pre-owned Veloster is a smart choice, because the buyer can assume the remainder of the outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Also, make sure any applicable recall repairs have been performed by the dealer.

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