With a base price of just over $18,000—including destination—the 2012 Hyundai Veloster already looks like a strong deal. But factor in all the standard features that come included and it's an even better deal—especially when you line its features and pricing up against other affordable sporty coupes.
In typical Hyundai fashion, the 2012 Veloster is only offered in a single, well-equipped model. And considering the Veloster’s always-connected, no-compromises target buyer, there’s really not a thing missing (although for the time being, some will notice the lack of available heated seats). A seven-inch touch-screen display is—gasp—standard, as are Pandora internet radio capability, Gracenote display technology (song, album, artist), RCA inputs for video-game console connectivity. A Bluetooth hands-free interface—rapidly becoming expected, even in this class—is standard, too, and voice-recognition controls apply to both Bluetooth and Gracenote media playback—via an attached iPod, for instance.
Also included is the Blue Link telematics platform. Much like GM’s OnStar, BlueLink. BlueLink includes a suite of services like Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance; but at a higher subscription level it also includes turn-by-turn directions capability.
The high-end audio system comes with integrated XM Data services, including XM NavWeather and XM Stock Ticker. And with the optional navigation system, the Veloster offers a rearview camera system and backup warning sensors.
Buying and ordering a Veloster is going to be very simple, with a limited number of builds. Just two option packages, Style and Tech, will be offered. With Style, you get larger 18-inch alloys, the panoramic sunroof, leatherette seats, leather trim, alloy pedals, an upgraded Dimension audio system, and fog lamps; and the Tech Package adds backup sensors, painted wheel inserts, a nav system, push-button start, and a 115-volt outlet. Oddly, an auto up/down driver's side window is only included if you order the whole Style package. Otherwise, one of the most significant price choices is the Dual Clutch (DCT) automatic gearbox, which runs $1,250 more than the manual.