The 2013 Hyundai Veloster is a beautiful mash up of hatchback, sedan and coupe. Rendering 201 horsepower, 2013 Hyundai Veloster offers all the goodness of the Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Elantra. Despite its top-notch attributes, 2013 Hyundai Veloster is humble enough to fall in the category of ‘economy cars’.
Other highlights of 2013 Hyundai Veloster are 2-plus-1 side doors that are asymmetrical yet beautiful, front struts, twist-beam axle at the rear and a giant optional sunroof. Let us have a closer look at 2013 Hyundai Veloster in this review.
2013 Hyundai Veloster Features
2013 Hyundai Veloster sports very minor chassis changes. These changes include the larger 11.8-inch front-brake discs as well as bigger 215/40 Kumho Solus tires and 18-inch wheels. 2013 Hyundai Veloster wears a punk look. This is chiefly because of the new door concept. 2013 Hyundai Veloster has a single door on driver’s side while the passenger side has two doors.
The driver side flaunts two doors while from the other side it seems to be having four doors. In short, the left side exudes a party-like, sporty feeling while the left side exudes business-like practicality. The grille misses the characteristic Veloster color band. It sports LED projector lamps that are placed above the fog lamps. The Turbo motif is flaunted by 18-inch wheels and rocker extensions.
The rear flaunts two large flush-fit exhaust pipes. Right above it are placed the faux undertray and spoiler in body color. Buyers can also opt for the matte-gray finish (the first-ever proprietary glossless paint) by shelling out additional $1000.
2013 Hyundai Veloster sports heated seats. Buyers can choose from blue or grey accents. The Turbo logo is embroidered into the pushbutton start. A 450W stereo system also comes standard. Buyers will have to shell out additional $2500 for the sunroof and navigation.
In addition, 2013 Hyundai Veloster offers plethora of infotainment features such as iPod input, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Safety features include stability and traction controls, and curtain airbags.
The base model sports 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, power accessories, LED lights, air conditioning, adjustable driver’s seat, telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, touchscreen electronics interface, BlueLink emergency telematics, auxiliary audio jack, Pandora internet radio, and RCA audio/video jack.
The optional Style package offers 18-inch wheels along with panoramic sunroof, piano-black exterior trim, premium leatherette/cloth upholstery, fog lamps, 8-speaker Dimension audio system, and auto-up window for driver. Tie up the Turbo with Ultimate package and you get rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, panoramic sunroof, 115V outlet, navigation and rearview camera.
The backseat seems to be offering less space which, in reality, is more than in other hatchbacks like Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat 500.
The base model of 2013 Hyundai Veloster is powered by 1.6L inline-4 engine that renders 138 horsepower. It touches the 60mph mark in 8.5 seconds. The Turbo engine that costs just $1600 more than the base model is of the same capacity (1.6L) and is made of the same cast aluminum.
This direct-injection Turbo engine has a compression ratio of 9.5:1 and sports intercooled twin scroll. The Turbo engine renders 201 horsepower at 6000rpm and 195lb-ft torque at 1750rpm.
EPA numbers of fuel economy are 26mpg in the city and 38mpg on the highway.
2013 Hyundai Veloster offers stronger acceleration that is accessible even across broader range. However, the performance does not match up to that of its rival Fiat Abarth 500. 2013 Hyundai Veloster sports 6-speed manual/automatic transmission along with manual-shifting facility.
The most commendable aspect of 2013 Hyundai Veloster, however, is its suspension that has not been tampered with. This is done to make the car more compatible with American roads. 2013 Hyundai Veloster has a steering ratio of 13.9:1 that enables it to handle corners more fervently. For semi-enthusiastic drivers, the grip would seem plenty in case of corner chasing. Excessive rolling is prevented by the curb weight and wide stance of the car. However, 2013 Hyundai Veloster does not rev up the way its competitors do.
Also, automatic transmission is not crafty enough and steering is not communicative though kinetic. Look towards its rivals like Honda Civic Si for better controls.
2013 Hyundai Veloster Price
2013 Hyundai Veloster prices start from $17,450.
2013 Hyundai Veloster looks sporty but do not mistake it to be a sports car. Unique styling and design, large trunk space, efficient engine, extended warranty and plethora of features prove to be a good value for money. Hyundai could have paid little more attention towards making the ride b Other downsides of this economy car are prominent road noise, limited headroom and limited accessibility to rear seat.