2012 Hyundai Veloster review and test drive

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I have been accused not unfairly, I suppose — of meeting a Hyundai I didn’t Those who have set foot in a dealership in the last year or so why I’m so enthusiastic about but I know a lot of you still don’t just how good their have become. Well, bad disbelievers: If you think I’ve drinking the Korean Kool-aid up now, after this of the 2012 Veloster, you’ll I’ve drowned in it.

I think the Veloster is brilliant— and not just I’m amazed that came up with yet another car. After the 2011 and 2011 Elantra. I’m much over that.

And it’s not because of a ridiculously low either — the Veloster is sure, but it’s not exactly a car.


No, the reason I love the is that Hyundai had the corporate to do it right. America is a fairly car market, so automakers are reluctant to radically-styled vehicles, and when do, they often pull punches. Not the Veloster: Hyundai full-throttle on the style inside and from the not-quite-a-coupe-but-not-quite-a-hatch body to the asymmetrical door layout door on the left side, two on the even down to pricey like optional 18 wheels body-color inlays.

You may not think the is the prettiest car on the road, but it sure as stands out.

Veloster’s unique exterior is echoed in the cabin

Photo Gold

In the Driver’s Seat: And the goes on

Once you open the you’ll see that the Veloster’s doesn’t end with the snazzy The design is radical, but doesn’t into stupidity. Clearly, spent some money on interior — the materials are all quality and all of the switchgear feels (with the possible exception of the shifters behind the steering which are just thin of plastic).

There are lots of details, like these door handles. All Velosters get a crisp 7 LCD touch-screen to control the stereo and (optional) navigation Also standard is Blue Hyundai’s answer to GM’s a subscription service that can do from dialling 911 if the airbags to getting turn-by-turn directions to its location and shutting down the if the car is stolen.

And there’s function here to go the form. The view out the big windshield is visibility to the rear is anything but decent-size side mirrors up for the bodywork’s blind spots. a height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, it’s to find a good driving although the seat belts are not adjustable, and some of my taller found the belt rubbing their neck.

And what that crazy door The idea was to provide easier to the back seat on the curb I’m not totally convinced; the low roofline and big fenderwell, getting in and out of back door isn’t and I actually had an easier time into the back on the left.

But it sure looks cool!

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On the Good fun if you’re not in a hurry

three-door layout is designed for back-seat access on the curb

Photo Aaron Gold

The is powered by the same 138 horsepower 1.6 direct-injected engine that the 2012 Accent. At 9.8 seconds, the 0-60 run is more like a walk. The Veloster can keep up in traffic, but merging onto the is a foot-to-the-floor affair and passing on roads requires a huge gap and a day or so of planning. The Veloster would been better off with the 1.8 engine from the Elantra.

has hinted heavily* that a turbocharged version is on the way; all well and good, but the base-model still needs more

* All apologies for the accidental alliteration.

I find rather interesting is the transmission: Hyundai’s first unit. Though pricey at the 6-speed twin-clutch (Hyundai it EcoShift) fires off rapid that are uncannily smooth, as with other twin-clutch cars, it’s a bit sluggish off the The Veloster is also offered a 6-speed stick, but with a clutch and mediocre shift it doesn’t add much to the driving although it does get better fuel economy: 28 MPG highway/40 for the manual vs.

29/38 for the automatic.

the Veloster wasn’t designed for — that will be the job of the turbo version — it drive pretty well. The is firm, but not overly so, and it grips in the corners, with plenty of squeal to let you know when the end is about to let go. I haven’t been about Hyundai’s electric steering, but the Veloster’s is the best so it tracks reasonably straight on the and feels good in the curves.

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