2012 Hyundai Veloster

We were in a 2012 Hyundai Veloster movement before. It was in southern California on the Pacific coast, but no leads. We rode shotgun, while Hyundai CEO John Krafcik manned the controls.

Now we are at the wheel of a very early prototype for a very short run some of the roads of the United Kingdom. The "prototype" means we should not condemn the fit and finish. Hyundai has given us through the heart and hope to die if we do, so I do not.

Do not worry anyway. We are here to deal with the steering, brakes and suspension. You know, the things that really matter.

In the market this fall

Hyundai Veloster think its asymmetrical, which features two doors on one side and one on the other, could be the equivalent of VW Scirocco or Mini Cooper S: a kind of halo for the brand. It was designed at Hyundai's studio in Southern California, and will hit retailers this fall.

Krafcik said Hyundai also reference the old second-generation Honda CRX (1988-'91), when it came to some bits Veloster dynamic.

Our test car pre-production had the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder car air will be used in the United States, along with a manual six-speed clear. Veloster Green photographed in South Korea is equipped with the optional six-speed dual-clutch automated manual, but the car he was driving for the evaluation was equipped with three pedals.

1.6-liter four is a direct injection, and rated for 138 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 123 pound-feet of torque at 4850 rpm. It powers the front tires Veloster, idles smoothly and freely rotates to cut its fuel at 6700 rpm.

Because the 2012 Hyundai Veloster weighs only 2.584 pounds with a manual transmission, it scoot along well but we are waiting for the model 208-HP Turbo (2013) before calling us quickly. It is built on a heavily revised version of the platform of the Elantra, and cut weight also helps to bring about 30 mpg city/40 highway.

However, the Elantra was only so much to offer. The Veloster uses an independent front suspension, but makes do with a beam rear axle.

Base Veloster roll 17s. This prototype is an optional 18-inch wheels spinning tires and 215/40 all-season measure. Summer tires are available in Veloster turbo.

How is it going

The driving position is a clean, even if the most comfortable place to travel to the size of the steering wheel would be yes. You sit low in the car, as you'd expect from a sports car, the pedals are far apart, and the steering weights are pleasantly positive.

Moreover, management is well weighted and linear, although the low-speed ride is on the rough side. Despite the long wheelbase of the Veloster, which measures 104.3 inches, there are large vertical movements of the city, with none of the flexibility we have come to expect, for example, Hyundai's own Sonata.

It's the same at high speeds, the lack of roll will never fix everything. This can make you feel more dynamic and agile, but need not be at the expense of a sophisticated ride. Other cars like the Mini Cooper to ask drivers to make this sacrifice, but ideally the final Veloster not.

We are told that the development team still working on finalizing the calibration suspension, steering and transmission, so there are still some violins back room.

At present the 2012 Hyundai Veloster feels very agile. It responds quickly to steering inputs small, with small heel, but a roll rate quickish. It is also adjustable gas - much like to go if you are away from the gas or brakes later on the accelerator when it tends to understeer. All this is well within the realms of grip, too, I speak of its appearance, behavior is not slidey.

Work to Do

Still a bit 'done on the frame, then. But Hyundai should be released to its full potential. There are a lot of competitive cars and desirable at this level, and the need Veloster everything possible to get ammunition.

Hopefully Hyundai will soon launch a Veloster us on American soil. After our recent trip to California and the short term the UK, we are very optimistic about Hyundai hatchback unique packaging.


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