The 2012 Hyundai Veloster might be best-described as a sport coupe, but compared to virtually any other vehicle on the market that's close to as small and shapely, it's considerably more comfortable (and versatile) inside.
Despite the Veloster's sleek roofline, it's just fine for taller drivers and front passengers—including those well over six feet. Seats are adjustable for height but not tilt, and there's a lot of headroom to work with. The moonroof does swallow up an inch or two, though.
While that back door might be inviting, think of it mainly as auxiliary loading, and don’t plan on trying to pack two adults (or even skinny teenagers) back there. It's better than the backseat in any 2+2 for legroom, but the headroom issue was insurmountable for pretty much anyone over 5’-9” or so.
Yet from the front seats, the Veloster feels unexpectedly airy and spacious—thanks largely to the roof's tallest point, which is just at the top of a rather high windshield (and the car tapers back from there). In terms of EPA interior volume—which, in all fairness, we’ve not found to be a very good gauge of how roomy an interior actually feels or is—the Veloster is best in class. But in this case, the Veloster really does feel quite a bit roomier inside than the tC, and much more so than the CR-Z.
The cargo area requires a surprisingly high liftover, but it’s deep and spacious, and the hatch glass doesn't become too much of a liability. Detach the cargo cover and flip the seatbacks down, and you have a pretty low, flat cargo area. It’s not quite flat, though almost. Smaller storage spaces are provided throughout the interior. There’s a large center-console compartment, split into two, and rather large door pockets that are separated by a divider.
The Veloster also shows promise as a decent vehicle for weekend trips and longer highway hauls; in an initial drive, we noticed surprisingly little road noise, with only a slight bit of wind noise at the top of the front pillar as we neared 80 mph.