A step up from the Veloster Base, the Hyundai Veloster DCT, which makes its debut for 2012, comes equipped with a few features not found on the entry-level trim, including a new 6-speed...
A step up from the Veloster Base, the Hyundai Veloster DCT, which makes its debut for 2012, comes equipped with a few features not found on the entry-level trim, including a new 6-speed EcoShift DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission, which channels power from a new Gamma 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. The powerplant generates 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque, and posts fuel economy numbers of 27 mpg city/35 highway. Along with the DCT transmission, Hyundai also equips the Veloster DCT with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a Hillstart Assist Control feature, which also differentiate it from the entry-level Base trim. The engine features Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), a first for a powerplant of this size, Hyundai notes, as well as Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), which helps to improve efficiency. Standard safety features for the front-wheel-drive Veloster DCT include six airbags, antilock brakes with brake assist and a Vehicle Stability Management system with electronic stability control and traction control.
Outside, the Veloster DCT displays a unique asymmetrical body style, with a single long door on the driver's side and two shorter doors on the passenger side, creating a unique coupe/sedan/hatchback body style. Exterior design elements include a wide-mouthed front end, a black intake grille, wraparound headlights, exaggerated wheel arches, a tapering roofline and a gently sloped rear end. Heated side mirrors, a rear spoiler, LED accents around the headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels are among the standard exterior features. Inside its 4-passenger cabin, the Veloster DCT comes nicely equipped with a number of high-tech standard features, including a 7-inch touchscreen, which integrates Pandora, Gracenote voice-recognition and Hyundai's Blue Link infotainment system with voice text messaging, web searching, turn-by-turn navigation and vehicle diagnostics. The touchscreen also incorporates a 6-speaker, 196-watt audio system, which includes a CD/MP3 player and iPod and auxiliary input jacks. The driver's seat adjusts 6 ways manually, and the rear seatback splits 60/40 and folds, enabling owners to expand cargo space up to 34.7 cubic feet. Premium cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls are among the other standard interior features. Options include a navigation system with a rear-view camera, an upgraded audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, upgraded seats with leatherette bolsters and a panoramic sunroof.