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2013 Hyundai Veloster Review
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A 2013 Hyundai Veloster is a very unique vehicle. There really is no comparison to Hyundai's stylish, three-door hatchback. This is a car for someone in the economy price range, but not the economy mindset. The Veloster is for a driver who wants to be different, wants others to look as they drive by, and wants to explain that weird third door to everyone who jumps in the car.
The problem with the Veloster is that it could almost be cited for false advertising: the car looks sporty and fast – but it isn't. It doesn't have the suspension of a sports car or the engine speed one would expect. However, with plenty of features, good fuel economy, a long warranty, and a reasonable price tag, the Hyundai Veloster is still an excellent choice.
New For 2013
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster receives a couple new updates this year:
- Veloster Turbo is released with a much-needed turbocharged, four-cylinder engine
- Manual transmission improves fuel economy
- Styling updates include a blacked-out grille, a restyled trunk spoiler, and large, round tailpipes
The exterior styling of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster is what really sets it apart from the competition. It's a sporty, attractive-looking hatchback with lots of curves and very small back windows. There is also a passenger side third door, which makes it easier to get into the back seat. You won't see many other cars like it on the road.
There are two options, the base Veloster and the Veloster Turbo. The base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels and optional 18-inch alloy wheels. Only 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome accents are available for the Veloster Turbo.
The Turbo is also a bit different in terms of exterior styling, with an array of updated features that combine to lend the Veloster a sportier look. Upgrades include a blacked-out grille, a redesigned trunk spoiler, projection headlights, LED lights, front fog lights, and large, round tailpipes,
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster has an attractive interior with modern features and youthful styling. There is plenty of legroom throughout and, thanks to the third door, it is easy to get into and out of the rear seats. However, headroom is limited in the back due to the sloping design. Rear visibility also suffers a bit as a result of this design.
Interior features available for the Hyundai Veloster base model include air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, LED running lights, heated mirrors, full power accessories, keyless entry and cruise control.
In addition to its turbo engine, the 2013 Veloster Turbo adds heated front seats, driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped wheel and shifter, keyless ignition/entry, and the premium Dimension sound system. The Ultimate package adds the rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, a 115-volt outlet, a rearview camera, and a navigation system. Most of these options are also available for the base model when upgrading to the Tech package.
In terms of the infotainment system, both models come with BlueLink telematics, a 7-inch touchscreen electronic interface, and a six-speaker sound system. The audio system includes a CD player with satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, an RCA audio/video jack, an internet radio capability, and an iPod/USB audio interface.
Drivers will appreciate the roomy trunk, with15.5 cubic feet of space.
All of the available safety features come standard on the Veloster and the Veloster Turbo. Not that you'll be going very fast, but from a handling perspective the Veloster comes with electric stability control, traction control, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), vehicle stability management, brake assist, and electric brake force distribution. To keep the driver and passengers safe in the event of a collision, there are advanced dual front airbags with occupant-sensing capabilities, driver and front passenger side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags in both the front and the rear. For children, you'll find the rear child seat anchors as well as rear door child safety locks. Additional standard safety features include power windows, a lock-out button, a remote anti-theft alarm system, wheel locks, front and rear crumple zones, and an energy-absorbing steering column.
When it comes to the driving experience the Veloster offers, looks can be deceiving. The performance is lacking, even with the new turbocharged engine. The base model comes with a four-cylinder engine, delivering 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged, four-cylinder engine offers an extra 63 hp and 72 lb-ft of torque. Both come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic Shiftronic transmission is available on the Veloster Turbo. You can upgrade to paddle shifters on either model.
Neither of the engine options is all that fast. The turbo obviously has more get-up-and-go than the base engine, but it's not really any faster than your average family sedan. Drivers will also notice that the steering is not that responsive, the drive is a little rough, and any amount of speed generates quite a bit of road noise. Even though it's lacking under the hood, considering it’s affordable price tag, the Veloster is still a great option,
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