2012 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback Review

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is powered by a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and 123 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and an automated dual-clutch manual transmission (DCT) is available as an option. The DCT also includes steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. Estimated fuel economy is 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway and 32 mpg in combined driving for the manual transmission. The DCT is rated at 29/38/32 mpg.

2012 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

Built on a heavily revised Elantra platform, the front-wheel-drive Veloster is powered by a new 1.6-liter direct-injected inline-4 good for 138 horsepower. Buyers have the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a new six-speed automated dual-clutch transmission with shift paddles. It’s an impressive powertrain either way, with sprightly performance (the Veloster only weighs about 2,600 pounds) and an estimated 40 mpg on the highway. A 208-hp turbocharged four-cylinder Veloster is even expected next year.