The all-new 2012 Hyundai Veloster is a three-door, front-wheel-drive sporty hatchback that delivers up to 40 mph on the highway, 29 mpg in city driving, priced from $17,300 for the six-speed manual and $18,550 for the six-speed EcoShift dual clutch automatic transmission.
The 2012 Veloster shares a platform with the Hyundai accent compact sedan, but the similarity ends there. The Veloster cranks out 138 hp from its 1.6 liter direct injection engine GDI Gamma engine, which promises sporty, reponsive handling. There’s even an add-on ‘style’ package that enhances the performance feel with alloy pedals and a leather-wrapped steering wheel annd shifter knob, sunroof and foglights.
The Veloster delivers 28/40/32 mpg with the six speed manual and 29/38/32 mpg with the DCT.
That’s a lot of car for a little money, and Hyundai expects it to put a crimp on sales of the Honda CR-Z, Scion tC, Mini Cooper, the redesigned 2012 VW Beetle, and the all-new 2012 Fiat 500, its major competitors in size, price or both.
In this digital age, buyers expect to be connected all times, even in a new car under $20,000, so Veloster comes standard with a multi-function seven-inch touch-screen display, technology with voice recognition and Pandora internet radio capability. The tech package option offers a back-up camera and automatic headlights.
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