2012 Hyundai Veloster: Car Seat Check


From the driver's side of the all-new 2012 Hyundai Veloster, it looks like a sporty coupe. Walk around to the passenger side, and presto chango, there are two doors instead of one. In truth, the Veloster is a three-door hatchback. While a three-door car sounds odd, it makes life a lot easier if you're loading kids and their child-safety seats into this four-seater versus a similarly sized coupe.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.


The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the infant seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.

Here's how the 2012 Veloster did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:

Latch system: The Veloster has two sets of lower Latch anchors in its two rear seats. The anchors stick out from between the seat cushions, making them easy to use. The two tether anchors (photo above) are found on the cargo area's floor, close to the seatbacks.


Booster seat: The Veloster's seat cushions are bolstered, pushing our high-back booster toward the car's middle. The seat belt buckles are on stable bases and should be easy for kids to use independently.


Convertible seat: Both the forward- and rear-facing convertible fit well in the Veloster's second row.


Infant-safety seat: We had to move the front passenger seat forward one click to create enough room in the second row to fit the rear-facing convertible. This left about a half-inch of space between our tester's knees and the glove box.


How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.



If this car's owner has kids, hope they have ear plugs for them. The speakers are right next to them on either side.


In the infant safety seat picture you have the handle down. Is there enough space between the front seat and the top of the infant seat for the handle to pass?

Bill Malloy

Gee! Something serious and useful in CAR TALK WORLD! I though it would be a text of whether or not Ray's seat would fit in the Veloster. Thanks for the review.


Wow, I was not expecting this sort of blog post, and to be honest it's extremely helpful. I would love to read a car seat review on an actual sports car LOL


This info is fantastic! Not even the carseat review sites have this sort of basic information.


I have been looking to buy this car, but had the concern if a carseat would fit or not. Im so glad I found this site because I know feel more comfortable buying this car knowing when I have my family we can all fit. (my husbands short so he can deal with the inch in front of his knees to the dash!!)


you can open the door to one side of the baby, how about the other side? is it hard to get in?

Raymond Taylor

This is exactly what I was looking for. I think every car review should include pictures of how the different car seats fit in. Please keep it up!!!


I bought the veloster turbo 6months ago and commute an hour one way to work daily. There is enough room for two toddler car seats in the rear and it is easy to get the children out when I get to work. Excellent gas mileage as I average 32mpg and with DVD headrests the kids get to watch favorite movies while I get to listen to the radio. It's easy to adjust the speakers so only the front speakers are used. This car isn't for everyone but it's perfect for us.

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