Delivering appealing new cars to the consumer is the name of the game with Hyundai. The Korean automaker continues to roll out innovative vehicles, including the new 2013 Veloster Turbo.
Veloster is a three-door asymmetrical coupe that features a rear hatch with a single door on the driver's side and two conventionally opening doors on the passenger side with the rear door actually hidden. Not only is it unique in styling and functional attributes, there's a host of advanced technologies on board, all included in a compact value-laden package.
The 2013 Turbo model definitely ups the ante in the performance department with sport-tuned steering and suspension. It features the same wheelbase as the regular Veloster but is 1.2 inches longer and 0.6-inch wider. The base non-Turbo Veloster starts at $17,450, while the Veloster Turbo starts at $21,950.
The Veloster gains much appreciated additional power with the new Turbo version over the 138-horsepower base model. The 1.6-liter Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, Gasoline Direct Injection four-cylinder with a twin-scroll, intercooled turbocharger cranks out 201 horses along with 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
My six-speed manual gearbox-equipped Veloster Turbo was done in Hyundai's new Matte Gray finished exterior with a Black and Blue interior.
The ride quality is compliant, even with the optional 18-inch wheels and tires, and the handling characteristics are sporty indeed. The power that's put out by the 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged motor is decidedly more than adequate -- and should satisfy compact sporty buyers who need more speed.
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo represents an incredible value in a compact vehicle that is not only innovative, but also extremely attractive in its appearance. It comes with an almost unbelievable inventory of standard features and technology, while offering an impressive array of option packaging that provides enhancements for personalization desires and requirements.
Value seems to be a key word in Hyundai's vehicle portfolio. The Veloster features Hyundai's BlueLink communications system with more than 30 features in three available packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.
Veloster wears Hyundai's bold signature hexagonal grille with prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia, a hood scoop, LED headlight accents and black A pillars that tend to simulate a motorcycle visor. On the inside, the interior design draws its inspiration from sport motorcycles, too, with the dynamic center fascia taken from the tank, the air vent design drawn from mechanically styled, wide mufflers, while the floor console delivers a sporty and sleek profile. Additionally, there's a 7-inch Multimedia touch screen, a technical, non-reflective grain on the IP, and stylish, silver-colored grab handles and other trim accents.
In terms of seating volume, Veloster offers best-in-class interior volume in the compact sporty car market segment, beating out the likes of the Scion tC, Honda CR-Z, MINI Hardtop and Clubman and the latest VW Beetle.
There are two levels of audio systems as well, featuring Hyundai's first application of Gracenote technology and Pandora. There's also Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control and steering wheel audio controls.
In the final analysis, the Veloster is a most impressive compact vehicle that's sure to fill the bill for those consumers shopping for a sporty, yet economic, compact and technologically innovative vehicle, and its price is quite reasonable considering the almost unbelievable level of content.
2013 HYUNDAI VELOSTER TURBO
VEHICLE TYPE__________________ 4-passenger FWD compact hatch
BASE PRICE____________________ $21,950 (as tested: $25,320)
MOTOR TYPE___________________ twin-scroll turbo 4-cyl. w/GDI
HORSEPOWER (net)______________ 201 at 6000 rpm
TORQUE (lb.-ft.)_________________195 at 1750 rpm
TRANSMISSION_________________ 6-speed manual
OVERALL LENGTH_______________ 167.1 in.
TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb)___ 34 ft.
CURB WEIGHT__________________2,800 lbs.
FUEL CAPACITY________________ 13.2 gal.
EPA MILEAGE RATING___________ 26 mpg city, 38 mpg highway