Preview: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Test Drive: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Bowmanville, Ontario – When I drove the all-new 2012 Hyundai Veloster last fall I said: “Power is where the Veloster falls flat on its face. There really is no skirting around the issue—the 138-hp engine is barely adequate.”

For 2013, Hyundai aims to silence the vocal press about the lack of power in the Veloster, by offering a turbo variant packed with features and built to address the only complaint many had about the unfortunate lack of propulsion in an otherwise entertaining vehicle — and one with a profile that looks fast standing still.

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First Drive: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo reviews hyundai first drives
First Drive: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo reviews hyundai first drives
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo. Click image to enlarge

For the 2013 model year, and soon to hit showrooms, the Veloster Turbo is available in a single trim level with a starting price of $25,999. It is packed with features to make it stand out in a crowded market: exclusive to the Turbo are a new hexagonal grill, sculpted side skirts, rear diffuser with twin centre-mounted exhaust tips, 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts and projector headlamps with LED accents.

On the inside, unique two-tone leather seats with “Turbo” stitching differentiate this car from the standard Veloster, as do new electro-luminescent gauges and darker interior trim, all of which impart a more premium feel to the cabin.

The Turbo also includes as standard a tech package that includes a 7.0-inch touch-screen navigation system with back-up camera, 450-watt Dimension premium audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth, proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy pedals, and more.

Other unique features on the Veloster Turbo include LED taillights, side mirrors with turn signal indicators and an exclusive Hyundai-first matte finish paint (Matte grey), which is available for an additional $1,000.

The engine is not the entire story behind the Veloster Turbo, but it certainly is the major selling point. What we have here is a 1.6-litre turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine that outputs a very respectable 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, while burning regular fuel. The Turbo is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission or, optionally, can be had with a six-speed automatic transmission for an additional $1,250.

The T-GDI engine features twin-scroll turbocharger that contains two exhaust gas inlets, a design that allows the turbocharger to recover more energy from the exhaust over a conventional single-scroll turbocharger.

This design increases low-end torque and allows for faster throttle response. All of this power and technology, and the Veloster Turbo is still capable of offering very impressive fuel consumption ratings of 7.9 L/100 km (city) and 5.2 L/100 km (highway) when equipped with the manual transmission.




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).