Hyundai has really been on a roll for the last few years. After making a splash in the market in the 80’s as a value brand, they still push value, but now they are making their mark with style, innovation, and a great warranty.
When the Veloster launched last year, it certainly made an impression on me. I loved the three door hatchback concept, and loved almost everything about the car, but the lack of power, (only 138hp) was terrible. For 2013, Hyundai gives the 201hp Veloster Turbo to right the wrong. My test car was equipped with a slick six speed manual transmission that seemed a great match to the car. I am not sure that the automatic transmission is as fun to drive, but many will buy it anyway. The car has enough power now to take on any Civic or GTI and hold its own.
Outside, the Veloster is good looking in standard trim, but the Turbo version has a more aggressive front and rear fascias, fog lamps, Projection headlights with unique LED headlight accents, and ground effects. The twin center placed exhaust tips are a nice touch also. I just wish they were as loud as they looked. I want a hot looking car to sound hot.
Inside, the Veloster gives a value statement. I don’t know of another low $20k car with as many goodies as the Veloster. Goodies such as: heated leather front seats, push-button starting, multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display, Pandora internet radio, 450-watt audio system with eight speakers, external amplifier and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks, and Hyundai Blue Link.
Blue Link is Hyundai’s service, safety, and infotainment package. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice to text messaging, an important feature in today’s text happy world. Blue Link also brings the Geo Fence. This feature tells you, by text or e-mail, when the vehicle is driven out of an area designated by you. (great chaperone) It also will notify you if the vehicle is driven past a speed designated by you. (another great feature for parents)
Blue Link also brings: Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance.
On the road, the Veloster is stable and good handling. Interior noise level is good for its segment. Comfort is about average also. The Veloster Turbo’s fun to drive rating is very good! All in all, the turbo makes this car an entirely different vehicle from the standard model. That extra 63hp the turbo brings sure made a world of difference.
The Veloster is loaded with value, a great warranty, and good looks. The Veloster Turbo starts in the $20k range. EPA fuel numbers are 27 city / 38 hwy. I give the Veloster a 4.5 out of 5 stars.