2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ride and Review By: Larry Nutson
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
by Larry Nutson
Senior Editor, Chicago Bureau
The Auto Channel
The Turbo boosted Veloster had been announced at last January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit and it hit the market earlier this year. After my drive in the 2012 model 138HP Veloster back in late winter I was looking forward to driving this interesting car with 201HP at my beck and call.
Some see the Veloster as unique, different and exciting while others see it as odd, funky and lacking clear definition of purpose. I’m in the Veloster camp of sporty car with versatility and functionality, with a fair amount of fun-to-drive thrown in.
Somehow I had the expectation that my test car would have a manual transmission…a 6-speed, so I was a bit taken back when it turned up with the automatic, also a 6-speed with manual shift mode. The price is nice on the sporty Veloster with my Turbo test car having an MSRP of $22,950. The automatic added $1000. A $2500 Ultimate Package of options that included a sunroof, backup warning sensors, automatic headlamps, navigation system with rearview camera plus the $775 freight charge brought the total to $26,230.
The ride is a touch choppy, in my view. Also, a too-fast crossing of any of Chicagoland’s numerous street-grade rail road crossings is sure to jar you. But, a simple driving-style adjustment can be made for this to make life more comfortable with the 40-series tires. The Veloster also has some very sticky summer tires available as an option. Michelin Pilot Super Sport 215/40ZR18 tires can be had for $1200 additional. Although I will point out here that with either these or the standard tire, winter tires are probably in order if you live in a climate that drops below 45ºF for most of the winter and especially if it snows.
The Veloster is fully digitalized with a full array of infotainment. Veloster’s features include a standard 450-watt Dimension Premium Audio system with eight speakers including an eight-inch subwoofer, external amplifier, iPod/USB/aux input jacks and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system as well as a wireless cell-phone link with Pandora Internet Radio capability.
All in all the Veloster Turbo is a fairly nice sporty car. It’s only 167 inches short and has a good bit of cargo volume, expanding from 15.5 to 34.7cuft. It competes well with others on the market like the VW GTI, Honda Civic Si, Mini Cooper or even the new entries, namely the Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S. Depending on your bank account, the overall vehicle appearance that attracts you or doesn’t, and how much versatility you need in a sporty car there are lots of good choices.
For 2013 the non-Turbo Veloster is carry-over with no noteworthy changes. My review of the 2012 model can be read here on The Auto Channel.
Hyundai tells me that they are selling about 30% of the Veloster Turbos with the 6-speed manual, and they expect that percentage to drop. I suppose if most of the buyers are using their cars in city/urban environs then it makes sense to opt for the more comfortable automatic that still delivers the expected performance and doesn’t compromise the overall driving experience.
© Larry Nutson
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