2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
We like the Hyundai Veloster. This tiny sports coupe really drew us in with its out-of-this-world styling and modest price. But, the first edition was clearly underpowered, opting for fuel economy over driving excitement. Now, for its second model year, Hyundai aims to rekindle the enthusiast’s flame with 2013 Veloster Turbo. The same 1.6 liter inline 4, now aided by a twin scroll turbocharger, pumps horsepower up to 201, 63 more than last year. Our first outing convinced us that this Veloster feels up to snuff. Our 6-speed manual dialed up quick power with a 0 to 60 time of under 6.5 seconds. The Veloster also held firm in turns. The suspension is no stiffer than the base car, so ride remains good, but steering is slightly faster. The Veloster Turbo is the performance hatchback we were promised. Segment benchmarks, Volkswagen GTI and Honda Civic Si Coupe, take notice.
Unlike the standard Volster, fuel economy does take a back seat in the turbo. However, fuel economy ratings of 38 Highway and 26 City, with a very respectable 30 miles per gallon combined, are notable for any performance car. The new engine also prompts a number of aggressive styling add-ons. The budging shape of this wild-child 4-door remains intact, but gains an open mouth grille, flanked by projector headlights eyelined by LEDs. Contoured side skirts are new, as is the rear bumper fascia with twin-round exhausts and diffuser vents. 18-inch wheels are now standard with a summer tire option. Pricing for the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo starts just under $23,000 for the manual. An automatic is an option, as are navigation and a few other premium features. It goes on sale this fall.
Engine: 1.6 liter inline 4
Price: Starts just under $23,000