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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo A/T

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Eye-Catching Hatchback

A three-quarter front view of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo A/T
In short: A distinctive, performance-oriented hatchback.

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo A/T Review

Boasting an athletic yet efficient 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo adds an additional 63 horsepower and 72 lb-ft, shaving its 0-60 time down to a quick 6.3 seconds. The turbo is also updated with a more aggressive design, including a rear spoiler and dual exhaust. Our blue tester came tricked out with the Ultimate Package, which adds a panoramic sunroof, backup warning sensors and a navigation system with rearview camera. For it’s sub-$28,000 as-tested price, this represents a good value in terms of features.

Hyundai is a veteran of offering more bells and whistles for less. The real test of the company’s evolution, however, is how well these models perform beyond the bells and whistles. The Veloster turbo is an intriguing car and a big improvement over the standard Veloster, but in a class full of great automobiles, it still seems to need some time in finishing school. The chassis tune doesn’t offer enough control to make the Veloster Turbo feel truly sporting, and the 1.6-liter struggles to deliver the advertised MPG under anything but the lightest of right feet. The 6-speed automatic lags behind the DSG transmissions offered by Volkswagen and the 8-speed automatics in other Hyundai products for smoothness and shift quality. Once these bugs are sorted out, however, the bug-eyed little 3-door might truly be a contender in the hot-hatch segment.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty; 10-year/100,000 powertrain warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-preforation warranty; 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance

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2012 Hyundai Veloster

Make: Hyundai, Vehicle Type: Hatchback

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Base Price: $22,950 / As Tested: $27,520

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 3-door hatchback

Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder with direct injection
Horsepower: 201 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 195 lb-ft @1,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and shiftronic

Curb weight: 2,888 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 167.3 / 71.1 / 55.1 in
Turning circle: 34.12 ft

4-wheel disc brakes
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; V-torsion-beam rear

Traction: front wheel drive with traction control

0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 130 mph

EPA City: 24 mpg
EPA Highway: 31 mpg
Combined MPG: 28 mpg

Seating Capacity: 4
Safety: front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags

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