Base Versus Loaded: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Reviews I By John Beltz Snyder I August 29, 2011
In advance of our upcoming drive of the Veloster, Hyundai has put the sales configurator online. Of course, we had to go in and see how expensive we could option out this 138-horsepower compact hatchback.
The fact of the matter is that there’s not a lot you can add on. There aren’t different traditional trim levels, just an optional automatic transmission, two available packages, and five accessories to add on—at least for right now. The result is a full-fat 2012 Veloster for just a few grand more than the base car. If we were actually buying the car, we’d stick with the six-speed manual transmission, and save a few bucks off the loaded car.
$17,300 (Veloster) + $760 (destination and handling) + $0 (options) = $18,060
$17,300 (Veloster) + $760 (destination and handling) + $5626 (options) = $23,685
What does $5626 buy?
Six-Speed EcoShift Dual-Clutch Transmission – $1250
Style Package – $2000
– Eighteen-inch alloy wheels with P215/40R18 tires
– Chrome grille surround with piano black highlights
– Front fog lights
– Panoramic sunroof
– Piano back interior accents
– Dimension premium audio with eight speakers, including external amp and subwoofer
– Leatherette bolster seats and door inserts
– Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
– Alloy pedals
– Driver auto-up window
Tech Package (requires Style Package) – $2000
– Unique eighteen-inch alloys with painted inserts (body-color inserts with specific exterior colors)
– Backup warning sensors (body-color sensors with specific exterior colors
– Navigation system with rear-view camera
– Automatic headlights
– Proximity key entry with electronic push-button start
– 115V outlet
Trunk cargo net – $50
Wheel locks – $50
Mud guards – $85
Carpeted floor mats – $95
Cargo tray – $95

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