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    2012 Hyundai Veloster

    Veloster Turbo 1.6GDi Sports Edition

    Introduced in 2011 as a spiritual successor to the Tiburon coupe,the Veloster quickly made a name for itself as a budget compact coupe with hatchback practicality. But although it had distinctive styling and efficient engines, and came with lots of features for the money, it was criticized for its underpowered base engine, limited rear-seat access, and harsh ride. After four years on the market, the first-generation Veloster finally received its mid-cycle update. Set to arrive in dealerships for the 2016 model year, the facelifted hatchback is far from being a significant improvement over the 2015 car.

    In fact, the updates are rather disappointing for a vehicle that’s been around for four years. Sure, it’s not like Hyundai has set any benchmarks with its past facelifts, but remaining competitive in a segment that also includes the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus requires more than just a few nips and tucks. Keep reading to find out what’s new on the 2016 Veloster and how it stacks up against its most important rivals.

     

    Exterior

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    Much like the Turbo model, the standard Veloster received a mild visual update. Modifications include a revised hood without the previous model’s faux vents, and a slightly larger front grille with a dark-gray surround. The standard 17-inch wheels now have a new design, while the available 18-inch wheels come wrapped in 10 mm wider tires. The remaining exterior features are unaltered, including the “Fluidic Sculpture” styling that debuted back in 2012. The good news here is that the Veloster kept its unique exterior appearance, making it a solid choice for hatchback customers who want to stand out.

    Exterior Dimensions

    Wheelbase 104.3 Inches
    Overall length 166.1 Inches
    Overall width 70.5 Inches
    Overall height 17-inch: 55.1 Inches
    18-inch: 55.3 Inches
    Tread width 17-inch: 61.5/62.0 Inches
    18-inch: 60.9/61.4 Inches
    Overhang 32.7/29.1
    Minimum Ground Clearance 17-inch: 5.6
    18-inch: 5.9
    Coefficient of Drag 0.32

    Interior

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    Aside from the optional black seats with yellow accents and the tech upgrades, the interior of Veloster remained unchanged. New features include a revised infotainment system with a 7-inch color touchscreen, Apple Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, and SiriusXM with Travel Link. It’s not much, but I’ve seen less exciting facelifts coming from Toyota or BMW.

    Interior Dimensions

    Head room w/o sunroof
    Front 39.0 Inches
    Rear 35.3 Inches
    Head room w/ panoramic sunroof
    Front 37.2 Inches
    Rear 35.3 Inches
    Leg room
    Front 43.9 Inches
    Rear 31.7 Inches
    Shoulder room
    Front 55.6 Inches
    Rear 54.0 Inches
    Hip room
    Front 53.2 Inches
    Rear 52.6 Inches

     

    Drivetrain Specifications

    Type Gamma DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) GDI (Gasoline Direct Engine)
    Materials Aluminum block and head
    Displacement 1.6L / 1,591 cc
    Horsepower (est.) 138 HP @ 6,300 RPM (M/T)
    132 HP @ 6,300 RPM (DCT)
    Torque (est.) 123 LB-FT @ 4,850 RPM (M/T)
    120 LB-FT @ 4,850 RPM (DCT)
    Valves per cylinder 4
    Bore & stroke 77.0 X 85.4 (mm)
    Compression Ratio 11.0:1
    Transmission 6-speed manual transmission/6-speed EcoShift™ dual clutch automatic
    Fuel economy 6-speed manual: 27 mpg/35 mpg/30 mpg
    6-speed DCT 28 mpg/36 mpg/31 mpg

    Prices Brand New is Over $155,000

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