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This compact four-door coupe made its debut last year and is joined a year later by a turbocharged version, called (unsurprisingly) the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo. And when the company says four doors, it means a full-size door for the driver's side, two smaller passenger-side doors and a rear hatch.
The Veloster is chasing younger drivers: those who like bold styling, decent pricing, low fuel costs and don't mind a firm ride. Or perhaps it's really chasing the parents who will buy the car for their maturing offspring, since options include geo-fencing (setting a boundary), speed and curfew alerts. Grown-ups will appreciate the usual Hyundai 10-year/100-mile powertrain warranty and five-year roadside assistance as well.
Reviewers enjoy the general driving experience, only finding the naturally aspirated engine to feel low on punch (the new turbo model is a welcome addition to the range) and noting a fairly high level of road noise.
That bold styling has a downside in limited rearward visibility. Seating in the back is also tight on headroom. Rear seats up, cargo space is 15.5 cubic feet; down, they form a flat load floor.
The four-seat 2013 Hyundai Veloster comes in two forms, differentiated by their engines.
The entry-level drivetrain consists of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. A 1.6-liter four is also in the turbo model -- it develops 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual is optional. Each version of the Veloster has front-wheel drive.
Standard equipment is generous: air conditioning, heated side mirrors, power accessories, Bluetooth, satellite radio, iPod connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a seven-inch touchscreen for Hyundai's BlueLink infotainment system that includes Pandora internet radio (via the owner's smartphone) and a couple of fuel economy games. The turbo gets heated front seats.
Options include leatherette upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, keyless ignition, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera, 115-volt power outlet, and 18-inch alloys.
Standard safety equipment includes traction and stability controls, six airbags, and ABS.
EPA estimates for the 2013 Hyundai Veloster with the naturally aspirated engine and manual transmission are 28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined. With the dual-clutch transmission, it's 29/38/32 mpg.
There are no EPA estimates yet for the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, but the company claims 38 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission.
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