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Hyundai Veloster

moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
Three door coupe Hyundai Veloster will be on sale in 2011.

Introduced at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit.

Specifications are posted on Hyundai site.

Fun vehicle from Hyundai at a lower entry point than Genesis Coupe.

A lot of content and great mpg.

Other than some odd styling elements I expect this to be a winner. And I like the styling, though I'm sure it will be polarizing.


  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    edited February 2011
    This may be just the practical, 40 mpg, mid-life-crisis "sports car" I've been waiting for. I'm way too big for Mazda Miata or RX-8, and too cheap to spring for BMW Z-4. I read a review by a 6'1" jurnalist that said it was roomy enough for him. Time will tell. I'm keeping an eye on this Forum to see the latest on the what and when of this car. Thanks, MoparBad.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    edited March 2011
    It was just released in South Korea. Here's some info...

    Veloster on sale in KDM

    Supposedly due here in the US in the second half of the year.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    As stated in the previous post, Veloster is in production and on sale now in Korea. Expected on sale in U.S. no later than 2nd half 2011.

    Hyudai keeps exceeding my expectations with it's latest vehicles.
    Now, if they will just unbundle some of their options and trim levels. Please don't bundle Sunroof with Leather and Nav.
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    Amen - keep the Sunroof as a stand-alone option, dammit. From your keyboard to Hyundai's eyes.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    edited March 2011
    This might answer a few questions for you, and bring up a few more...

    scroll to the bottom of that page for some package info.

  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Have the dealer change the 18" wheels for 17" and I could accept the contents of the style package. 18" wheels with low profile tires are just a repair bill wating to happen in pothole plagued roadway of Midwest. Not happy about the leatherette, at least is it not leather and only inserts.

    Thanks for posting the media link on packages tenpin. Now the only question is pricing.

    Style Package

    • 18” alloy wheels w/ P215/40R18 tires

    • Chrome grille surround w/ piano black highlights

    • Front fog lights

    • Panoramic sunroof

    • Dimension premium audio w/ 8 speakers, external amp & subwoofer

    • Leatherette bolster seats & door inserts

    • Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

    • Alloy pedals

    • Driver auto up window
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    I'll second, third, fourth that idea... I'm searching now for a smallish CUV or SUV mostly for my wife's use and we've already had to rule out 3 or 4 attractive vehicles because we want some upgrades, like leather heated power seats and climate control. She is short, I'm tall and we live in New England. So we need to be able to change drivers frequently and keep warm. But as soon as you go for the seats and climate control, most top trim models REQUIRE the moonroof and in most cases my head interferes with the sunroof. Why can't tall Americans order a semi-luxury car without a sunroof? I did it two years ago when I bought a Mazda6 GT w/o a sunroof. I still can't figure out why they let that get through, but I'm thrilled with it. My head has never hit the roof..!!

    Please Hyundai, KIA, and ALL other manufacturers; make the sun/moonroof a STANDALONE option for the American market..

  • First thing I noticed - that a 6'4" guy like me would fit fine in Driver's or Passenger's seat ! The Automatic version I drove was sprightly, but a bit short of peppy. On the few curves I got to try, it stayed remarkable flat; yet the ride was more supple than my Santa Fe. All in all, a great econosport ride.

    I'm glad to see this car get built. I'll need a "middle-age crazy" car in awhile. This may end up being it.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    edited October 2011
    The Velosters are here! Saw 3 of them at my local Hyundai dealer today--a gray high-end model with the 18" wheels and two base models, one blue AT and one gray stick. I gravitated to the grey 6MT as the car looks a little more subdued in grey (although the blue was sharp) and I wouldn't mind getting back into a stick with my next car. Also the MT is rated 40 mpg highway and the AT only 38 (I think). And of course the MT costs less, just a bit over $18k and that is well-equipped with sharp 17" alloys, all the electronics I'd want (I don't need factory nav), and a good-looking cloth interior.

    The cars were locked and the sales rep who walked by didn't offer to open the car for me, and I didn't ask since I won't be buying in the near future. But what I saw of the car made me think it could be an option for my next car. I'd have to live with 2+2 seating, but in a couple of years I won't need room for five, plus there's always my wife's Sonata when we have to carry the entire family.

    For less money I could get an Elantra 6MT with the same engine, with room for five and swoopy styling in its own right. But the Veloster looks like a fun little car. Certainly will stand out in a crowd.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,914
    I'm with you on this one. I remember seeing the concept Hyundai Veloster and with this car the production car actually looks better-with me a lot of the time it's the other way around. This car looks like it would be fun to drive, too. It looks great-a very sporty design. And that back end-the way it rises up kind of high like that-I believe it the pic I'm thinking of had dual exhaust-or fakely routed dual exhaust.

    But for $18,000 (is the green metallic color extra cost I wonder?) and nicely appointed at that price, this is a car I'm going to watch from the cheap seats and follow...perhaps join a website devoted to the car to follow the latest news about it constantly...this one looks to be a keeper with me. Don't know if I'd actually buy one but the Hyundai Veloster just jumped on to my Top 5 futures purchase list by just showing it's sporty face. :blush:

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
  • This is on my very short list when I retire in a few years. Hyundai and Kia seem to have the right amount of "stuff" that I want & the accessories are intuitive to use and functional.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Why are there two different Hyundai Veloster forums at Edmunds?
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,094
    A bit of confusion about what this beast is...a hatch or a coupe? Everything I see in the manufacturer description is calling it a Hatchback. So that's where we will have it live. However, I categorized it as a coupe too, just in case. :blush:

    Both discussions have been merged to one. Sorry for all the confusion!

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  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    KarenS, if I choose to "make an index" and search all Hyundai forums, this discussion does not show up. Any way to add an additional tag along with the "Hyundai Veloster", "Coupe", and "Hatchback" tags already applied to this discussion? That should allow it to show up in the Hyundai forums then.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    I drove a base manual the other day.

    They were so busy that I took a test drive with a non-salesman...he wasn't a a helper or something. I haven't been to a dealership with so much activity in a very long time...people everywhere.

    The interior materials were much better than I anticipated (never drove a Hyundai before this). The car looked very good in all colors; the paint was very bright/shiny...looked like a showroom car. The orange looked surprisingly good. The car looked amazing! Pictures do not do it justice, it is a striking little car...

    The ergonomics were very well thought out and I fit comfortably (6'3") with room to spare. I tried to sit in the passenger rear with the forward positioned comfortably set and could not. Headroom was sparse but knee/leg was 'ok'...which was anticipated, and in my situation not an issue.

    The steering feel & weight was very buttoned down. It was a little light (not always a bad thing) but always responded instantly...little pull to the right...and the car was there; no leaning, delay...anything.

    My only issue was the lack of power. Since this was not a demo car it had under 50 miles so I did not go over 4500 rpm (or so...). There really was no "pulling" under 3000 really needed to rev this thing to get any sense of acceleration (I'm coming from a powerful V6 so my perspective may be skewed a little in this car class).

    It's a good thing the mileage is rated high...offsets the lack of power.

    I sat in a "style package" (since they had no manuals in this configuration) and the little touches made it look more upscale. I'm not certain $2k is worth it...but sunroof, rims, fog lights, leather inserts probably add up.

    It's a shame the tech package requires the "style" package. I see the rear-view & sensors as a requirement on this car since the way it's styled really does leave everything behind you in a blind spot...or you'll need to go extremely slow.

    In once sense it's nice to see all options available with a manual (specifically referring to the Focus manual)...but once you add up all the options you have a $22k 4 seater with a 1.6l engine.

    Another issues is the does cut into the head room a bit...and I'm already close to the top so I'll need to take another test drive with the being in the south I find no need for the sunroof; it just makes the AC work harder.

    Overall its very impressive
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,914
    It's a shame the tech package requires the "style" package. I see the rear-view & sensors as a requirement on this car since the way it's styled really does leave everything behind you in a blind spot...or you'll need to go extremely slow.

    I just read a review where you can only order two packages for Veloster, style or tech. There was no mention in the article that you had to order style in order to get tech. If this is true it will give you all the things you get with the style package (this is the one I would go with, I would want the sunroof and better stereo that comes with the style package) and the tech package but this would greatly increase the overall price of your Veloster I would think.

    Are you sure that's true, Ivan, the article I read says you can order style or tech.

    Here's the link to that very article.

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  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    edited October 2011

    If you go to and try to build a Veloster, you will find that you can get the Style package by itself, but the Tech package does require the Style package as a prerequisite.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    yeah...unfortunately you're right with the packages.

    Not a sunroof fan, but if it doesn't interfere with head room then I suppose it doesn't hurt too much. It's nice that it opens on the outside of the car...saving precious rear head room.

    I see most manufacturers offer the "package only" options; I suppose it cuts down on costs...

    The 18K price with all options take a big 25% hit (or so) when fully optioned. Although nobody is forcing you to take the options. The "base" car was very nice...even standard rims were nice; it's just other others are "nicer" :)
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Red interior requires at minimum the Style Pkg.
    Also, only white, red, or black exterior is available with red interior.
    Base Veloster is not available with red interior.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,914
    with the Hyundai Veloster. I will keep a watch on this car and how it does with consumers throughout the coming months. I really like how the production version of Veloster came out. It tops the concept Veloster look even. And the paint jobs are vivid with the car, too.

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  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    And the paint jobs are vivid with the car, too

    The paint really is striking...I'm not certain if they have a new process; which could potentially have issues (new process...bugs not worked out, etc).

    Or they may just have bolder colors to go with the bolder design; e.g. having a Camry in a similar red may look silly.

    Either way, at this point, the paint/colors remind me the first time I looked at a 24" mac
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,914
    edited October 2011
    Hyundai has hit another home run with this 2012 Hyundai Veloster.

    2012 Hyundai Veloster

    Wow, the car looks stunning in red.

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  • Is the Veloster's motor and transmission a new design or from a pervious Hyundai?

    Also, does the motor have a timing belt or chain? Is 100k the first major service required?

    Thanks for any info!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    The engine is shared with the Accent, but the Veloster's automatic is a new six-speed dual-clutch unit with shift paddles. (Manual is 6 speeds also.) Engine has a timing chain. Not sure what you mean by "major" service interval, but most Hyundais have a major service interval at 60k. Won't be as "major" as in the past of course because no timing belt to replace then.
  • Thanks backy for the info!
    Thanks for confirming the Veloster's engine is also shared with the Accent. Would you happen to know how long the motor has been in production?

    What is the 60k major service? I'm going to guess tranny fluid and coolant changing, then plugs at 100k. One thing I do like about my Accord is the minimum maintenance and hoping Hyundai's are as easy to maintain.

    Thanks again.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    Hyundai has their maintenance schedule on their site.

    This is their 60k maintenance for a manual. Nothing major...a bunch of inspections and changing of air filters.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    The 1.6L GDI Gamma engine debuted in the 2012 Accent, so it has not been in production very long. Hyundai's first GDI appeared about 2 years ago in the Sonata.

    You can find out more about the Gamma engine by searching the Web on "Hyundai Gamma engine".
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    I sat in a Veloster with moonroof today. My hair (which is pretty short) brushed the headliner. I'm 5'9". That was after moving the seat down a bit and reclining the seat another notch. A little too tight for my taste. Seat felt comfortable, though.
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