Hyundai’s Veloster gets a turbocharged engine with 63 more horses for 2013, and it makes a big difference. With 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, the Veloster Turbo is a lot more fun to drive. The Veloster is either a 2-door or 3-door coupe, depending on which side of the car you’re standing.
From the passenger side, it’s a 3-door coupe with a door to the rear seat. From the driver’s side, there’s no back door and it looks like a 2-door. The regular version of this coupe-on-the-left and sedan-on-the-right has a somewhat underwhelming 138 horsepower engine hooked to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Turbo boosts horsepower to 201, and delivers EPA estimates of 24 miles per gallon of regular unleaded gas in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, for an average of 28 mpg, with the manual transmission.
The 2013 Veloster Turbo starts at $21,950 with the 6-speed manual. The regular Veloster starts at $17,450 with the manual transmission. With the automatic, the regular Veloster is $18,700 and the Turbo is $22,950.
The Turbo model sports a serious front facia with a mammoth grille and fog lights. The gaping grille facilitates additional cooling air to the turbo engine. A really cool and unique gray color with a matte finish is available.
The Turbo Veloster rides on 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts. Other Turbo features include projection headlights with LED accents, side mirror turn signals, LED taillights, an electroluminescent gauge cluster, a standard leather interior, heated front seats and headliner graphics.
The vehicle also has standard power and heated front seats, satellite radio, Bluetooth, keyless pushbutton start with proximity entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls, and Hyundai’s BlueLink connectivity
On the road, the regular Veloster is fun if not fast. On the road, the Veloster Turbo is certainly more fun, but still not what we’d call fast. Make no mistake, the Veloster handles and takes corners very well. The steering wheel provided good feedback, but could have been a tad more linear.
It’s the combination of design, performance and mileage, all at an affordable cost, that makes the Veloster Turbo dazzle.
Inside the cabin, the center stack and controls resemble a motorcycle’s fuel tank. There are lots of metallic accents throughout the cabin. The sport front seats are comfortable and well-bolstered. And once you get through the rear passenger side door, there is decent room back there for a coupe.
Front seat headroom is 39 inches but in the rear, it’s considerably less at 35.3 inches. At 6-foot-1, I wouldn’t want to go on a long trip back there.
The Veloster Turbo has not been rated for safety by the government or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes and a full complement of airbags, including side curtains.
The 2013 Veloster attracts a youthful crowd for its looks, its price tag and its strong fuel economy. The Turbo brings even more fun to the party.
1.6-liter 4-cylinder twin-scroll
6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
Test model base price:
EPA mileage ratings:
24 mpg city / 35 mpg highway (MT)