The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s most interesting feature, apart from its budget-friendly appeal, is its asymmetrical design. Depending on how you look at it, you could either perceive it as a three-door or a five-door hatchback. Truth is, the Veloster is an unconventional four-door hatchback with one door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side, with a lifting hatch at the back.
The Veloster, similar to the Accent, Elantra and Sonata, utilizes Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language, hence the organic curves and flowing, windswept appeal. However, from a distance, the Veloster appears more aggressive with its huge swept-back head lamps, circular fog lamps and blacked-out front grille. The rear end, on the other hand, is accentuated by a huge center exhaust with dual round tips and beetle-like tail lamps.
Under the hood, the Veloster Turbo sports a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a twin-scroll turbo capable of reaching 201hp and 195 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a standard six-speed manual or automatic (with paddle shifters) transmission with gear ratios unique to the Turbo model. The manual transmission version employs a first-gear lockout mechanism to prevent careless drivers from shifting into first gear when they actually intend to shift into third gear, thus potentially damaging the transmission. The Veloster Turbo is able to reach 26mpg in city driving and 38mph on the highway, with a combined mpg of 30 according to EPA estimates.
Standard to the vehicle is a 450watt Dimension premium audio system with eight speakers including a subwoofer, external amplifier, virtual surrounds sound software and automatic volume control. With this setup, audio quality is excellent, with full bass without any rattling from body panels. Similar to other Hyundai models before it, an excellent yet simple voice command system is also included on the Veloster.
Sticker price of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is at $21,950. One could opt for the Ultimate package, priced at an additional $2,500, which includes a panoramic sunroof, audible rear proximity sensors, navigation system with rearview camera, automatic headlights, and a 115V A/C outlet in the center console.
For more information, see: http://www.hyundai.com.au/vehicles/veloster
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