2012 Hyundai Veloster

Rating7.6

Ranked #2 in Compact Hatchback

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Starting MSRP 

$17,300 - $18,550

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Key Spec of 2012 Hyundai Veloster
fuel economy

27/32/37

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Game-changing fascia

Sloppy acceleration

Brand new model

Responsive and quick steering

Firm ride at times

Commendable fuel efficiency

Restricted rear visibility

Excellent warranty coverage

Cramped rear seats

2012 Hyundai Veloster Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The hatchback segment is gaining steady popularity among buyers and geeks because of apparent reasons like cost and convenience. Thus, carmakers today are engaged in a dogfight amongst themselves in this segment. Subsequently, Hyundai is looking to earn a comfortable place among those who already enjoy being household names. The 2012 Hyundai Veloster aims to make good use of that market opportunity.

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Over All Rating

7.6

Out of 10

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8.00
8.30
6.00
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7.00
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Trims

Base$17,300 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry

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2012 Hyundai Veloster
9
Price Drop, $400
Previous Price: $490022 Jun 2022

2012 Hyundai Veloster

3dr Hatchback w/Black Interior (1.6L 4cyl 6AM)

$4,500
Est. $61/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,648 Below market
RMV: $6,148
Hillside, NJ
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2013 Hyundai Veloster
17
Price Drop, $1095
Previous Price: $799501 Jul 2022

2013 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

$6,900
Est. $93/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,487 Below market
RMV: $9,387
Mesa, AZ
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2013 Hyundai Veloster
10

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Turbo 5dr Hatchback (1.6L 201 hp 4cyl 6A)

$10,000
Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,592 Below market
RMV: $13,592
Tulsa, OK
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2013 Hyundai Veloster
10

2013 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

$8,800
Est. $119/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,144 Below market
RMV: $11,944
Elmhurst, NY
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2013 Hyundai VelosterHome Delivery
6
Price Drop, $390
Previous Price: $699030 Jun 2022

2013 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

$6,600
Est. $89/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,315 Below market
RMV: $8,915
Dallas, TX
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2013 Hyundai Veloster
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2013 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

$9,450
Est. $128/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,160 Below market
RMV: $12,610
Ontario, CA
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2013 Hyundai Veloster
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2013 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

$8,950
Est. $121/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,006 Below market
RMV: $11,956
Fort Worth, TX
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2012 Hyundai VelosterHome Delivery
22
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $745001 Jul 2022

2012 Hyundai Veloster

3dr Hatchback w/Black Interior (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

$6,950
Est. $94/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,301 Below market
RMV: $9,251
Hooksett, NH
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2013 Hyundai Veloster
11
Price Drop, $1300
Previous Price: $879529 Jun 2022

2013 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

$7,495
Est. $101/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,391 Below market
RMV: $9,886
Little Ferry, NJ
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Colors and Styles

2012 Hyundai Veloster in Boston Red Metallic color
Boston Red Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

In the year 2012, Hyundai introduced the Veloster in the luring and competitive hatchback market. It rivals the likes of Volkswagen Beetle, Scion tC, and Mini Cooper 2dr Hardtop. Post-launch, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster was received well by the customers and is ranked 3rd in the segment for its apparent sporty and unorthodox looks, the unusual 3-door design, well-balanced engine, and admirable interior.


Features
7.0/10

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is offered in a single trim which costs $17,300 and comes equipped with a 1.6 L 4-Cylinder Engine. The features list includes 18-inch alloy wheels with painted inserts and 215/40R18 tires, premium cloth seating surfaces, manual 6-way adjustable driver bucket seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power panoramic sunroof with sliding sunshade, automatic headlights, dual centered chrome exhaust tips, 8-speaker audio system with 7” display and many more.

Trim

Veloster

MSRP (Manual)

$17,300

MSRP (Auto)

$18,550

Features

1.6L inline-4 engine

 

6-speed manual transmission

 

17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires

 

Premium cloth upholsteries

 

Manual 6-way adjustable driver bucket seat

 

tilt-and-telescopic steering with audio and cruise controls

 

Steering wheel audio and cruise controls

 

Multi-function trip computer

 

7” display

 

6-speaker audio system

 

Bluetooth hands-free and voice recognition

 

Tire Pressure Monitor

 

LED Headlights

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You have only one trim option while buying the Veloster. However, to customize the car further, the brand offers a couple of additional packages, the Styling and Technology Package costing $1840 for each. You can take either of these, based on your requirement. The Style Package brings cosmetic embellishments, while the Technology Package fits essential comfort and safety features.

Engine and Performance
8.3/10

The 2012 Veloster is powered by a 1.6L inline-4 engine mated to either 6-speed manual or DCT automatic transmission, combined with an FWD system. The engine generates just 138 horsepower and 123 foot-pounds of torque. It helps the car in attaining 60mph from rest in just 8.8 seconds and can reach a quarter-mile within 16.6 seconds.

Compared to the dynamic and sporty exterior look of the car, the engine feels feeble and hesitant at times. However, despite the engine returning a substandard amount of power, the car performs well in the city. It feels composed and calm but while on the highways, it does only a satisfactory job.

Models

2012 Hyundai Veloster

2012 Scion tC

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 Mini Cooper 2dr Hardtop

MSRP

$17,300

$18,575

$18,995

$19,500

Engine 

1.6L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.5L inline-5

1.6L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power 

138hp @ 6300 rpm

180hp @ 6000 rpm

170hp @ 5700 rpm

121hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

123lb-ft @ 4850 rpm

173lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

177lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

114lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.8

7.4

8.8

9.5

Quarter mile (sec)

16.6

15.7

16.7

17.2

Top Speed (MPH)

126

127

126

124

In terms of pricing, the 2012 Veloster is less expensive compared to the competition, while the Mini Cooper is on the expensive side. The Veloster and Mini Cooper are powered by 1.6L inline-4 engines, while the Scion and Volkswagen are powered by 2.5L inline-4 and 2.5L inline-5 engines respectively. The Scion tC performs the best in the comparison with outstanding power figures. The Mini Cooper sits at the bottom in performance, despite being the priciest.

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

It’s a good thing that the engine develops a small amount of power when you look at the fuel efficiency. The substandard power figures on the 2012 Veloster offer an advantage in terms of economy. The car returns 27, 37, and 31 MPG in the city, highway, and combined driving cycles respectively. Furthermore, the 2012 Veloster comes built with a 13.2-gallon fuel tank which gives it an advantageous range of 356/488/409 in the city, highways and combined respectively.

Models

2012 Hyundai Veloster

2012 Scion tC

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 Mini Cooper 2dr Hardtop

MPG (City)

27

23

22

29

MPG (Highway)

37

31

31

37

MPG (Combined)

31

26

25

32

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

13.2

14.5

14.5

13.2

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

356.4/488.4

333.5/449.5

319/449.5

382.8/488.4

As mentioned above in the performance section, the Cooper stays at the bottom due to its feeble performance. But, it does exhibit excellent MPG figures at 32MPG combined; coupled with an impressive fuel tank, it has a decent range. The Volkswagen Beetle stays at the bottom when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Interior
8.3/10

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster comes built with a practical yet beautifully curated cabin inside which is spacious, comfortable, and feature-packed. The cabin comes wrapped with good quality cloth, which feels soft and premium. The cabin can seat 4 people and as standard, the seats are covered with premium cloth gray or black with the driver’s seat being a 6-way manually adjustable bucket seat. On the front, the head and legroom offered are on the wider side. However, the story is less interesting in the back, the head and legroom are on the confined side, which can be concerning for tall passengers.

Other standard features included a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise control, AC, power windows and door locks, a multi-functional driver’s display, dual-tiered armrest with storage boxes, beverage holders, and many other features. Optional features comprise leather-wrapped steering with a shift-knob, power panoramic sunroof, a power outlet, and driver auto-up window. On the rear side, the 2012 Veloster offers 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be well used according to one’s needs. One can fold them to get further space.

Models

2012 Hyundai Veloster

2012 Scion tC

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 Mini Cooper 2dr Hardtop

Seating Capacity

4

5

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/55.6/43.9

37.7/55.4/41.8

39.4/55.3/41.3

38.8/50.3/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.3/54/31.7

36.4/52.1/34.6

37.1/49/31.4

37.6/44.7/27.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

15.5

14.7

12

5.7

The Hyundai Veloster offers a fair amount of front space, but the rear feels confined. But it has the largest cargo space in the lot. The Scion is the only 5 seater hatchback in the comparison, the rest accommodate only 4 people. The 2012 Veloster offers the best front passenger space, while the Volkswagen Beetle offers the better rear row passenger space. Standout interior features include:

  • Manual 6-way adjustable driver bucket seat
  • Leather-wrapped tilt-telescopic steering with audio and cruise control
  • Power panoramic sunroof with sliding sunshade
  • Front and rear dual cup holders, two 12-volt outlets
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • 115V outlet
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback

How intuitive is the 2012 Hyundai Veloster’s Infotainment Unit?

The 2012 Veloster has one of the best in class infotainment systems. The brand has fitted an extensive amount of features that make the car a practical choice when it comes to functionality. As standard, the Infotainment unit comes fitted with a 7” touchscreen display that sits between the AC vents and is programmed with Hyundai’s Blue-Link software. A CD player/AM/FM/SiriusXM/MP3 player and a 6-speaker audio system come standard with the car. 

Other features like Bluetooth hands-free and voice recognition, audio streaming, speed-sensitive automatic volume control, XM Navweather, and sports ticker, Pandora Internet Radio come with trial subscriptions. Going upwards, spending more money will get you a premium 8-speaker music system by Dimension along with a navigation system. Standout infotainment features in the 2012 Hyundai Veloster include:

  • 7” touchscreen display
  • 8-Speaker Dimension Audio System
  • Navigation System
  • Bluetooth hands-free with Voice recognition and audio streaming
  • Pandora Internet Radio
  • SiriusXM, XM Navweather, sports, and stock ticker
Exterior
6.0/10

One of the reasons why you should get yourself the 2012 Veloster is because of the sporty fascia. Hyundai took a big risk by building the car with a 3 door body design and it has paid off. The 3 door design can be interpreted like a coupe or as a traditional hatchback. At the front, sharp headlights with signature LED accents, automatic headlights, and fog lights make it not only bold and sophisticated but also check the boxes of functionality.

Additionally, there are few elements that significantly season and spice up the car’s looks. A dual centered chrome exhaust tip, the chrome grille with piano black accents, and a black rear bumper are the subtle elements that contribute significantly to the car’s sporty characteristics. 18-inch alloy wheels with painted inserts with all-season P215/40R18 tires are the best fit, which garnishes the final appeal.

Models

2012 Hyundai Veloster

2012 Scion tC

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 Mini Cooper 2dr Hardtop

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2,584

3,060

2,939

2,535

Length (in.)

166.1

174

168.4

146.6

Width (in.)

70.5

70.7

71.2

66.3

Height (in.)

55.1

55.7

58.5

55.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.6

6.3

5.7

5.2

Wheelbase (in.)

104.3

106.3

99.9

97.1

The Scion tC being the only 5-seater is the heaviest and largest here among other hatchbacks. It also enjoys the best ground clearance. While, on the other side, the Veloster despite having a large wheelbase weighs low. The Mini Cooper turns out to be a much smaller car, which is reflected in its cargo as well as rear seat space. Standout exterior features in the 2012 Hyundai Veloster are:

  • Sporty 3-door design
  • Automatic headlights, Signature LEDs with Fog lamps
  • Dual-centered chrome exhaust tips
  • Piano Black Rear Bumper
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with painted inserts and P215/40R18 tires
Safety
8.0/10

Hyundai is one of the trusted and reliable car makers that produces trustworthy and robust cars these days. Likewise, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster comes fitted and programmed with several important safety and driver-assist programs. All the wheels are fitted with disc brakes which are further programmed with ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist. Important attributes like Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management are present for further safety. Standout safety features in the 2012 Hyundai Veloster are:

  • Hill-start Assist Control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Cruise Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Hyundai's BlueLink
  • SOS Notification
  • Crash Alert
Final Verdict

Hyundai has made the hatchback segment more competitive after introducing an affordable hatchback in the market. What makes other brands uncomfortable, is the 2012 Veloster’s dashing look. The new Hyundai Veloster has a sporty and bold exterior, an efficient engine, a comfortable and cozy cabin, and a heap of features inside-out. It offers the best value, being priced at 17 grand, it’s a fair deal to bring a Veloster home.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$18550

body style

3dr Hatchback

engine type
displacement

97 cu in

horse power

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

123 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automated Manual

dimensions
length

166 in

wheelbase

104.3 in

width

70 in

curb weight

2657 lbs

Height

55 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

89.8 cu ft

cargo volume

34.7 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

27/30/35 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Hyundai Veloster 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$21,101
5 Year Cost To Own
$36,975
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $36,975
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,268$1,770$1,686$1,970$1,810$10,504
Insurance$1,389$1,348$1,416$1,452$1,512$7,117
Fuel$1,707$1,789$1,831$1,878$1,925$9,130
Maintenance$44$327$479$960$1,645$3,455
Repairs$1$-17$-43$-17$645$569
Financing Interest$1,271$1,106$769$499$164$3,809
Taxes and Fees$1,848$148$145$109$141$2,391
Total Cost-To-Own$9,528$6,471$6,283$6,851$7,842$36,975
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