• Sep 21st 2011 at 6:30PM
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2012 Hyundai Veloster
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You now live in a world in which the Hyundai Veloster is actively being sold. The first example has just been delivered, and the owner, one Daniel Jenkins, picked up his new Veloster at a Henderson, Nevada Hyundai dealership as soon as it rolled of the truck. You'll surely soon be spotting examples of the 138-horsepower four-door hatchback on a road near you in the near future.

We recently spent a bit of time behind the wheel of the 2012 Veloster, and based on our observations, we're confident that Mr. Jenkins will be getting a load of stares on his daily commute – after all, the Veloster is a rather unique looking beast, no matter what exterior shade you opt for.


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      adrive7
      • 3 Years Ago
      For some reason the press embargo was after deliveries started. I test drove the first Veloster in my area as soon as it cleared PDI last Saturday but the Embargo didnt lift until Monday, apparently around noon. I was really interested in driving one to see if it was as good as it appears. Unfortunately, the one they got was completely base, with a manual transmission (good) but neither the style or tech package, both of which I want to see. I wasn't terribly impressed with how the car drove, the shifter irritated me a bit, and it's super quiet as the first drive mentioned. The noise I suppose is personal preference but I like a bit of noise, especially in a car with the sporting looks of the Veloster. I also wasn't super impressed with the interior, but overall I'm reserving my final opinion for after I can drive one with both packages on a better test drive route. They just had me do a down-and-back on a straight road.... weak. Unfortunately, Hyundai doesn't do orders, so you basically have to hope the model you want appears at your dealership. The dealer can apparently "preference" a configuration (per the Hyundai twitter account), but it's not a guarantee that one will show up.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @adrive7
        All dealers can do a DX if you really want the car....
          adrive7
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          That still requires another dealer somewhere to having the right car laying around. And with this car being so new, finding one laying around unsold seems highly unlikely. I don't live in a big town, but theres a decent sized list of people interested in a Veloster at the local dealer.
      Speed3cam
      • 3 Years Ago
      There have been 2 for sale at the dealer in Seattle since Monday.
        c2100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Speed3cam
        Took a couple of photos in Vancouver BC Canada on 3 days ago http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/6164776672/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/6164776524/ An impressive looking car - price was on the window along with the base and Boston Red colour info
      • 3 Years Ago
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      criticaltroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, i am sorry that Mr Jenkins has such a small penis. Really, spending almost 20K$ on a car like this? If shopping for a hatchback with no power, I would go for a used Civic or Golf. Take the other $10,000 or more and spend it on ******. Or something that moves under its own power faster than a Segway.
        Speed3cam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @criticaltroll
        What? 8 seconds to 60 is not bad at all for $20k, especially given the extreme level of standard equipment. $10k civic or golf is going to be a helluva lot slower.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Speed3cam
          @ criticaltroll Dude, shut up. Not everyone wants a 10 year old shxtbox. This is brand new, has a 10 year warranty, has the techology and safety of a brand new vehicle, is reliable as a new vehicle would be, etc. What suits you doesn't suit everyone else.
          criticaltroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Speed3cam
          Actually, any new car that costs 20,000$ is outrageous. Anything under about 30-35k you should buy a used car as the value is just not there in a new car at that price. And 8 seconds to 60 is a lifetime, I have a 6 cars, 3 of them cost less than $5000, are more than 10 years old, and none is that slow. Again, if you are buying a slow hatchback there are better options. Hyundai has a reputation for cars that are crappy and slow, this is no exception. A couple of their models are looking better, this is not one of them.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        You do realize that mileage was measured differently back then, right? You also realize that the CRX weighed nothing because it had the structural integrity of wet cardboard. It had exactly 0 safety features other than seatbelts, right?
          All Rights Reserved
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Considering that Hyundai has daily recalls for brakes that don't, steering columns that Might, airbags that do when they shouldn't, fuel tanks that fall off. I'd take a 1986 CRX and feel safer.
          Mobis21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          NightFlight thank you for pointing out some of these facts. It's scary how the fan boyz become easily flustered once facts are mentioned.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        Things that are heavy: Airbags, rear seats, modern safety engineering. Things that were not included in an '86 CRX: Airbags, rear seats, modern safety engineering.
        sparecr
        • 3 Years Ago
        The specs you are giving are for an 88-91 CRX Si with a MPFI 1.6L. The 1986 was 96 HP out of its 1.5L. I love CRXs having owned them over the last 25 years, I was hoping the CRZ would help me find that same fix in a new reliable package now. I like stock nice rust free CRXs and they are just getting hard to find. I plan on hitting Hyundai dealerships looking for a nice base Veloster this weekend and see if it lives up. Your point is well taken however. To bad Honda can't even get those fuel economy numbers out of the Hybrid CRZ today.
        MStone
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh huh... And how much did that Honda weigh? 1500lbs? It didn't have AC, probably had 2 speakers, roll down windows, no keyless, no airbags, barely any safety measures, basically a tin can.This car isn't even about performance at all. Compare apples to apples and compare a new SI to that CRX.
        flammablewater
        • 3 Years Ago
        The CRX was also almost 800lb lighter and not a safe place to be. That's where the performance and fuel economy came from. I'd rather be in the Veloster when I get hit by some kid driving their parents' SUV.
          Mobis21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @flammablewater
          Excellent points all around and very sensible analysis.
      dave roth
      • 3 Years Ago
      too bad it handles no better than a 90s era Honda.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dave roth
        In your dreams. Hyundai has leapfrogged Honda. Get used to it.
        flammablewater
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dave roth
        And they handle better than most affordable cars made today.
      MTU 5.0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugly and underpowered. Where do I not sign up? At least they got the price right.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MTU 5.0
        Good. More for deserving and smart consumers.
        Juffinstuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MTU 5.0
        That's true. The Juke is *really* ugly, but the powertrain is excellent. Unfortunately it's about four grand more expensive (starting) than it should be, which ruins any justification to buy such an ugly car. You can get a very well equipped Veloster for around the price of a Juke, which is excellent.
      Keven Fitzpatrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai should be ashamed of themselves - they obviously BLATANTLY copied the Renault Megane Coupe that was released 3 years ago, right down to the SAME EXACT alloy wheel design. THE FRIGGEN PAINT COLOR IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE ONE THE MEGANE WAS UNVEILED WITH!!! SHAME ON YOU HYUNDAI!! What a bunch of typical Korean SHAMELESS imitators - never innovate anything (just like the Japanese), just COPY COPY COPY. No wonder Apple is suing Samsung. What a joke. http://p.webwombat.com.au/motoring/car-photos/renault-megane-coupe-2-big.jpg http://p.webwombat.com.au/motoring/car-photos/renault-megane-coupe-3-big.jpg http://p.webwombat.com.au/motoring/car-photos/renault-megane-coupe-1-big.jpg ...and of course the N. American auto press will never call out their grand new darling Hyundai - god forbid they do anything bad. PUKE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keven Fitzpatrick
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        flammablewater
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keven Fitzpatrick
        They don't look the same at all. That's like saying it looks like every other 3 door hatchback. Guess what? They all look like 3 door hatchbacks. GASP! It turns out, that every mini-van is copy of every other mini-van. And all trucks look the same too! It's a conspiracy man! Get out of my teeth!
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keven Fitzpatrick
        God this is sad. It doesn't look like the Megane coupe. It's doing asymmetry, which is something nobody else has really attempted in a mainstream product. But sad people who can't come to terms with the fact that their fanboy BS doesn't actually have a place in reality have to desperately cling to the idea that Korean manufacturers are "copying" others. Come off it, nobody is getting copied with the Veloster.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keven Fitzpatrick
        I'm sure Hyundai is worried. LOL
      Keven Fitzpatrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai should be ashamed of themselves - they obviously BLATANTLY copied the Renault Megane Coupe that was released 3 years ago, right down to the SAME EXACT alloy wheel design. What a bunch of typical Korean imitators - never innovate anything, No wonder Apple is suing Samsung http://p.webwombat.com.au/motoring/car-photos/renault-megane-coupe-2-big.jpg http://p.webwombat.com.au/motoring/car-photos/renault-megane-coupe-3-big.jpg http://p.webwombat.com.au/motoring/car-photos/renault-megane-coupe-1-big.jpg ...and of course the N. American auto press will never call out their grand new darling Hyundai - god forbid they do anything bad. PUKE
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Keven Fitzpatrick
        Hyundai is definitely worried about your post. They've even calendared it for discussion. They're so, so, very worried. LOL.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Terry G. Howes
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're just brimming with substance and quality, aren't you. Push button start, and LED lighting is gimmicky. Though, I'm certain that the Veloster isn't the first vehicle to use these inconvenient and bothersome devices to lure those with less discerning taste into their driver's seat. I'd hate to be so closed minded.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Terry G. Howes
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      MStone
      • 3 Years Ago
      My girlfriend is actually on the verge of signing a deal for this guy. I was honestly blown away when we went to the dealership to take a look. To be honest I'd never even heard of the car until we got there, we went to look at the Genesis. The amount of features you get with this car at this price point is nothing short of astonishing. Heated seats, touch screen display, bucket seats, iPod integration, CD, AC, Keyless push button start, Rear view camera, dual clutch (or 6spd) trans. And it's based on Elantra underpinnings so it should be reliable. Oh yea... 5 year warranty. We were also looking at the Jetta and that car is a complete joke compared to this.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MStone
        MStone you hit all the points on why this car will blow away cars that can't even begin to compete with Veloster.t.
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