2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review, Prices, Photos – The Hyundai Veloster returns for the 2013 model year, with a new Turbo companion. And just as it did last year, for the first time ever, the Veloster continues to prove that risky cars done right are category killers.
The auto landscape’s littered with risks that failed to pay off heaps like the Aztek, Capri, VehiCross, X90. Like those utter flops, the Veloster’s a synthesis of different types of vehicles. Unlike those, it’s winning on almost every level. It’s daring when its competition isn’t, and that starts with its grabby, sport-shoe styling, an arresting look that erupts from its unconventional four-door layout a hatch in back, a driver-side door, and two smaller front-hinged doors on the passenger side. Only in the most generic way does it mimic some of the shapes of the Accent and Elantra that it borrows parts from; it’s a distinctive, electric look with lots of disruptive lines and surfaces that never seems to run out of ways to entertain owners and onlookers. And the party doesn’t stop inside: Hyundai’s gotten so deft at interiors, it’s put a V-neck on the Veloster’s dash and tucked a big LCD locket in the middle, pitching it way into the future while some other sporty hatches struggle just to make the screen look relevant and useful amid all the clutter.
The Veloster cribs some components from the Accent, starting with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine from the smaller car that puts out 138 horsepower. On base Velosters, it’s teamed with a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic that are good enough to leave to personal preference. Acceleration’s adequate if a little thin on torque off the line, but fuel economy of 40 mpg highway is stellar. The new performance version straps on a twin-scroll turbocharger for 201 hp in all, a 195-lb-ft blast of torque on tap at low engine speeds, and a choice between six-speed manual and paddle-shifted automatic transmissions–good for 0-60 mph times of about 7.0 seconds or less, with just a slight crimp in gas-mileage numbers.
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster made its debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and it warmed our hearts in terms of looks, but its 138 HP leaking out of the Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine chilled us to the bone. Shouldn’t a “sports car” have a little more push that that? Hyundai’s answer to that question came to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show when they unveiled the new Veloster Turbo – a model powered by a new 1.6-liter turbocharged-gasoline direct injection engine that delivers a total of 201 HP.
Next to a more powerful engine, the new Veloster Turbo will be distinguished by a bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, sculpted side skirts, and new dynamic rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents. The car sits on a new set of 18″ gray wheels with chrome inserts. For the interior, Hyundai has added full leather seats with the word “Turbo” stitched into the seatbacks and an exclusive Supervision Cluster that offers the driver information in a larger, clearer, and more interactive format.
Price of 2013 Hyundai Veloster Review and Specs :
Price of 2013 Hyundai Veloster Review and Specs - There’s been a bit of scuttlebutt lately over just how much the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo will cost when it goes on sale later this month. It’s time to put all of the rumors and reports to rest, though – the numbers have just been released, and the turbocharged Veloster is officially priced at $21,950, not including *$775 for destination.
That represents a $2,500 increase over a naturally aspirated Veloster with the manual transmission and style package a $19,450 car. As we reported earlier, the turbocharged engine itself represents a $1,600 price increase, and the rest of the added cost comes from a host of standard equipment including heated leather seats with power lumbar support, a ground effects kit, LED taillamps, and of course, that unique front fascia.
A six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is available for an additional $1,000. And that awesome matte gray paint? That’ll be $1,000, too (contrary to what we were told previously). If you want the Ultimate Package – which includes a panoramic sunroof, backup warning sensors, automatic headlights, a navigation system with rearview camera and a 115-volt power outlet – be prepared to shell out an extra $2,500, regardless of transmission. All-in, a fully loaded Veloster Turbo with the automatic transmission will set you back a cool $25,450 (not including destination).
Interior of 2013 Hyundai Veloster Review and Specs :
Interior of 2013 Hyundai Veloster Review and Specs – For the interior, Hyundai has added full leather seats with the word “Turbo” stitched into the seatbacks and an exclusive Supervision Cluster that offers the driver information in a larger, clearer, and more interactive format. It is also offered with standard heated front seats, while the center stack and controls resemble a sport bike fuel tank and incorporate a push-button starter and alloy pedals.
Exterior of 2013 Hyundai Veloster Review and Specs :
Exterior of 2013 Hyundai Veloster Review and Specs – When we first saw the Hyundai Veloster, we immediately fell in like, but when the new Turbo version took its turn, we were in love. The Turbo version adds aggression and aerodynamic stability to the stout little machine, allowing it to look better than ever. The Veloster Turbo’s unique design takes inspiration from a custom high-performance sport bike, starting with the exhaust system. The standard trapezoidal center exhaust has been replaced with two larger free flowing circular pipes that, combined with new intake manifold, also allowed engineers to give the engine a more robust sound to delight enthusiasts.
The Veloster received a bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, more sculpted side skirts, and a new dynamic rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia as aprt of the aeridynamic package associated with the Turbo model. A first for Hyundai is the new Matte Gray paint that can be combined with a set of new 18″ gray wheels with chrome inserts. The new wheels are combined with Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires, a McPherson strut front suspension, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, and a 24 mm diameter front stabilizer.
Engine of 2013 Hyundai Veloster Review and Specs :
The new Hyundai Veloster Turbo is powered by a new 1.6-liter turbocharged-gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) engine mated to an in-house six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The engine delivers a total of 201 HP at 6000 RPM and a peak torque of 195 lb–ft delivered between 1750 to 4500 rpm.
Hyundai has announced an estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg city and best-in-class 38 mpg highway for manual transmission models, best-in-class specific output at 125.6 horsepower per liter, and best-in-class weight to power ratio of 14 lbs/hp.