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2013 Hyundai Veloster

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Review

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The Hyundai Veloster is a highly-styled hatchback with a unique third door on the right rear side. Its looks and name seem to imply velocity, but the debut model with a small 4-cylinder engine didn't have the power that some drivers craved. The 2013 Hyundai Veloster solves this with the addition of a turbocharged version that packs significantly more punch. In either form the Veloster is surprisingly fuel-efficient, being EPA highway-rated at up to 37 mpg in non-turbo form and up to 35 mpg with the Turbo. A modest starting price and generous warranty give further appeal to the Veloster, but its 4-person limit and awkward rear-seat access may turn off some buyers.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a small car that's huge on style and fun to drive, yet also fuel-efficient and won't cost a fortune to buy, the Veloster should be on your short list. In Turbo form, the car has the power to back up its looks.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need to carry more than three other people or regularly plan to put passengers in the rear, the Veloster's seating can pose a challenge. In regards to style, the Veloster's character is young and hip, compared to the more sophisticated and polished nature of the Volkswagen Golf or GTI.

What's New for 2013

2013 marks the introduction of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, a more powerful version of the Veloster, which remains in naturally-aspirated form. In addition to the souped-up engine, the Veloster Turbo features unique front and rear styling, bigger wheels and more standard features, including leather seats. Hyundai's first use of a matte gray paint will also see its debut on the Veloster Turbo.

Driving the Veloster

Driving Impressions Driving a Veloster is like a tale of two cars, depending upon which engine is under the hood. In standard versions, the car's acceleration and passing power are just adequate....

The Veloster Turbo, on the other hand, is a real hoot. And, even with 201 horsepower from its little 4-cylinder engine going to the front wheels, torque steer is not a problem. Both versions of the car are rewarding to drive when equipped with the short-throw, easy-to-shift 6-speed manual transmission. The majority of buyers who opt for the automatic will be treated to smooth shifts, and Turbo versions with that transmission benefit from the addition of a Sport mode for swifter acceleration. The Veloster holds its own on twisty roads, and its suspension is even good enough to keep the car composed on an autocross course. The Veloster is a capable partner on highways, though it might feel cramped for larger drivers on extended trips. When it comes time to stop, the Veloster's standard 4-wheel discs do the job admirably, with the Turbo version receiving slightly larger hardware. The Veloster's rear visibility is impeded by a blind spot over the right shoulder and a horizontal beam bisecting the rear hatch.

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
The sophisticated twin-scroll turbocharger is just what the Veloster needed to be a truly hot hatch. The icing on the cake is that the extra power doesn't penalize when it comes to fuel economy.

EASY-TO-USE CONTROLS
Nothing can be more aggravating than having to navigate multiple screens to make a car's interior cold quickly or tune in a radio broadcast. With the Veloster's easy-to-reach and highly-discernible button layout, you'll have none of that stress.

2013 Hyundai Veloster Details
Interior

Techy but tasteful are the operative words here. At front and center in the cabin is a standard 7-inch touch screen that acts as the command center for all things audio or, if so optioned, the easy-to-read navigation system. The front seats offer good comfort and support for this class, but taller passengers will likely find the two back seats cramped. With 15.5 feet of space, the rear cargo area can easily swallow luggage, and the back seats fold to accommodate larger items. Turbo versions receive unique accents and leather seating, with the driver's seat featuring lumbar support.

Exterior

With a long and low profile, large wheel arches and a sloping roof, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster stands out from the automotive crowd. Both versions have twin tailpipes, but those on the Veloster Turbo are larger and circular. The more potent Turbo is further differentiated by a gaping trapezoidal grille opening, foglights and ground effects. Naturally-aspirated versions ride on 17-inch wheels and Veloster Turbos have 18-inch alloys with chrome inserts. Perhaps the Veloster's most defining feature is its third door, on the right rear for access to the rear seating area. Buyers who opt for the $1,000 Matte Gray must sign a disclosure basically saying it requires extra care, including hand-washing.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

2013 Veloster models are well-equipped, with a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen, cabin air filter, 6-way driver seat with height adjustment and Internet radio-ready AM/FM/satellite/CD system with 196 watts and six speakers. Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system offers access service and infotainment features, and can alert an owner if whoever is driving goes beyond a certain speed or designated perimeter. A 6-month trial is included, with a subscription offered thereafter.

Optional Equipment

Major options for the 2013 Veloster are bundled into two packages: Style and Tech, each costing around $2,000. And, it must be noted, to get the Tech Package you also must purchase the Style option. The Style Package adds a panoramic sunroof, 450-watt 8-speaker audio system and leatherette surfaces. The Tech Package includes a navigation system with rearview camera, backup warning sensors, automatic headlights and a convenient 115-volt outlet to power electronics. The well-equipped Veloster Turbo models are offered with just one available option group, the $2,500 Ultimate Package, which adds a panoramic sunroof, navigation and other features.

Under the Hood

Standard 2013 Velosters have a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower. With this engine, the revs need to be held higher to keep the power at an adequate level for spirited driving or passing. Much more satisfying in this car is the twin-scroll turbocharged version; while the displacement is the same, that small engine is able to churn out 201 horsepower, more than enough to move the lightweight Veloster with enthusiastic quickness.

Hyundai Veloster
1.6-liter inline 4
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
123 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 mpg (manual), 28/37 mpg (automatic)

Hyundai Veloster Turbo
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
201 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg (manual), 24/31 mpg (automatic)

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 105 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Going Strong

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought my 2015 Veloster Turbo April of '15, the car has been flawless ever since. I change the oil with the synthetic about a thousand before its due, the air filter is a drop in K&N, that's it. No modifications just nice and factory like. The car is fun to drive, its got zip,the fuel efficiency is awesome, and with the ecodrive on its even better, minus the power and zip. Ecodrive is probably best engaged on the highway. The stock stereo pumps the tunes nicely, the factory sub woofer bumps nicely. I find the seats and the steering sexy, heated steering wheel and seats are divine for my wife and I, the winters in Toronto are cold. The panoramic roof is luxurious we love it. The Nav is spot on. The sound of the car is sweet, no straight pipes necessary. Great value for the styling, power, and technology."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Worst car i have ever owned./lemon

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Good gas thats it."

Cons: "everything els."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I got this car in 2012. it has been nothing but trouble. Its been in the shop 6 times in 3 years, this last time it was in the shop for 7 1/2 weeks. here was what was wrong with it this time. 1) transmission went out. 2) on board computer. 3) fuse's 4) shifter system. 5) junction box for the wiring."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this car more every day

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "MPGzzzzzzz, options, safety"

Cons: "None I can think of."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned my 6-speed Veloster (a.k.a Veloceraptor) since new (1.5 yrs). This is a really fun car to drive, the steering feels great - like you are connected to the road. I get incredible gas mileage commuting 65 miles a day. Just drove from GA to VA and back and I averaged 40mpg the whole trip. Also the cars comes loaded with options (even base model) and is one of the safest compact cars on the road because its loaded with airbags. I think it turns into a marshmellow if wrecked. Anyway...love the car and would recommend to anyone."

18 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Wished I Hadn't.....

By on Monday, September 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive... sometimes...."

Cons: "Slow, no power,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Never again will I buy a first model year car. I picked up a 2012 model shortly after the local dealer got them in stock, and I was happy with it for about the first three months and then things started going downhill. The key fob stopped working so I got it re-linked with the car, and then it failed again and it wasn't under warranty, the Bluetooth connectivity is very hit or miss, 5th gear in the car makes absolutely ZERO power... check engine light came on right around 20,000 miles even though all routine maintenance was meticulously performed, etc etc. Battery failed shortly after that, then the starter was replaced as well. I won't go so far as to call this car a lemon, but it's pretty close. I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone."

6 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Not as advertised

By on Friday, September 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,200

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Its cute"

Cons: "low HP,low mpg,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"We bought this car as a strictly commuter car. 21 miles one way with 19 of it being interstate. They advertised 40 mpg hwy. It gets 32 with a very conservative driver. They then issue a rebate card for 1 cent per mile every year of ownership. The car is limited on HP at 134. Its biggest asset is its cute and different."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Excellent all round 2015 Turbo

By on Saturday, September 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great value , fun to drive and good cargo space"

Cons: "It's taken me a while to learn to park it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love everything about this car, my girlfriend drives a 128 BMW and finds it similar to drive, she would rather drive my car than hers. The car really hangs on in corners, no body roll, precise steering, motor, body and brakes feel strong, good performance on regular gas."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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