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2012 Hyundai Veloster

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Hyundai’s new “halo” car and AJAC’s Best New Sports/Performance Car (under $50,000) for 2012 is the all-new Veloster. That is the subject of my review for this week as well: a 2012 Veloster with six-speed manual and Tech Package, priced at a very reasonable $22,249.

This new model certainly looks the part of a sporty machine: approach the driver’s side and you see a sporty coupe. Things change slightly as you approach from the passenger side and realize it is not a coupe, as there are two doors. Did you follow that? Yes, this new car is something different — a three-door coupe!

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But does it perform? On paper, things are a little disappointing, as the Veloster is powered by a 1.6-litre engine that outputs a mere 138hp and is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed EcoShift Dual-Clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters for an extra $1,400.

The Veloster is available in base manual transmission trim for as low as $18,999, while my Tech Package model bumps the price by $3,500. The additional features could be well worth it to some buyers. Those extras include 18-inch alloy wheels (instead of 17s), automatic headlights, panoramic sunroof, premium stereo upgrade, navigation system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy pedals, cloth seats with “leatherette” bolsters, high-gloss black interior accents and a 115-volt power outlet.

Standard features include 60/40 split-folding rear seats, seven-inch touch screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth, power windows, power and heated mirrors, keyless entry with pushbutton start, fog lights, cruise control, air-conditioning and more.

Why does Hyundai consider this their “halo” car? Hyundai hopes that it shows consumers and naysayers what Hyundai has to offer in terms of a fun-to-drive, economical and well-built vehicle that is desirable but still affordable — a bold move indeed.

2012 Hyundai Veloster
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $22,249

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).