What’s New for 2013
The Hyundai Veloster gets some much-needed extra velocity for 2013 thanks to the addition of a new Turbo model, which features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes an extra 63 horsepower and 72 pound-feet of torque. A slew of other mechanical and aesthetic enhancements also differentiate this new Veloster model. Meanwhile the regular Veloster loses a little engine power for 2013 when it’s equipped with the automated manual transmission, but gets a fuel economy increase in return.
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster is for the type of person who likes to be different. Maybe she wears colorful shoes or claims her favorite Beatle is Ringo. Maybe he’s a Yankee fan who wears a red version of the iconic cap. Such people might want (or can only afford) an economy car, but driving to an indie rock festival in a Hyundai Accent or Elantra would be just too darn ordinary.
With the Veloster, you definitely won’t be getting ordinary. From the driver side, this funky hatchback looks like a regular two-door. Turn it 180 degrees, though, and it looks like a four-door thanks to the perfectly normal-looking rear door. You can think of this unusual three-door setup as a variation on the mullet — business on the right, party on the left. It gives you a sporty look like a coupe on one side while delivering practical access for rear passengers like a sedan on the other. Maybe it makes sense, maybe it doesn’t, but it’s certainly different.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster is a hatchback with three doors (one on the driver side and two on the passenger side). There are base and Turbo trim levels.
The base Veloster comes standard with 17-inch wheels, LED running lights, heated mirrors, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, BlueLink emergency telematics, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a touchscreen electronics interface and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, an RCA audio/video jack, Pandora internet radio capability and an iPod/USB audio interface.
The Style package adds 18-inch wheels, foglamps, a panoramic sunroof, chrome and piano-black exterior trim, cloth/leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped wheel and shifter, alloy-trimmed pedals, a driver auto-up window and an eight-speaker Dimension premium audio system. To this package the Tech package can be added. It includes different 18-inch wheel with body-matching painted inserts, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry, a 115-volt household power outlet and a navigation system.
Compared to the base Veloster, the Turbo gets a more powerful engine, sport-tuned steering, unique 18-inch wheels, different styling elements, foglamps, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, driver lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped wheel and shifter and the Dimension sound system. The Ultimate package adds the rear parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, 115-volt outlet, rearview camera and navigation system.
Powertrains and Performance
The front-wheel-drive 2013 Hyundai Veloster comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. It produces 132 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque with the optional six-speed automated manual transmission known as DCT. In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped Veloster went from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds, which is good for a subcompact hatchback, but not exactly swift. A DCT-equipped Veloster we tested last year was nearly a second slower and should be even pokier for 2013 because of the decrease in power.
The base Veloster with a manual achieves an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined. The DCT achieves an estimated 29/40/33. These are impressive numbers, but in extensive Edmunds fuel economy testing we found the Veloster struggles to match its highway number. Expect real-world highway fuel economy to be between 3 and 5 mpg lower.
The Veloster Turbo gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque regardless of whether it’s attached to the standard manual or optional six-speed traditional automatic transmission. In Edmunds testing, a manual-equipped Turbo went from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is slow for a sporty compact hatchback. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 26/38/30 mpg with the manual and 25/34/29 mpg with DCT.
Every 2013 Hyundai Veloster comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Also included is Hyundai BlueLink, which includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlock, stolen vehicle tracking and vehicle alarm notification.
In Edmunds brake testing, the Veloster came to a stop from 60 mph in a class-average 121 feet.
Interior Design & Special Features
Clearly, the most prominent feature of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster is its three-door layout. While the single driver-side door creates a coupelike appearance, the two smaller passenger-side doors provide added convenience for loading people or parcels. Once you pass through the single rear door (be careful not to clip your head on the truncated opening) you’ll find a backseat that’s roomier than most coupes but less so than most hatchbacks. There’s a decent amount of legroom, but the seat cushion is mounted quite low and headroom is limited by the sloping rear roof line that places the heads of its occupants under the sun-warmed glass of the hatch. The deep trunk holds 15.5 cubic feet under that hatch.
Up front, the cabin boasts a youthful and modern design that never seems cute or gimmicky. The splashes of blue trim included with the Turbo are a nice touch. There is an abundance of hard plastic, but it’s textured for a more favorable appearance. In terms of functionality, the Veloster’s controls are presented in the sensible way we expect from Hyundai, including even those in the standard touchscreen interface.
The Veloster is also notable for its standard electronics and entertainment features. Besides an iPod interface and Bluetooth phone connectivity, Pandora radio control is standard as well. Hyundai’s BlueLink emergency communications system comes with the typical safety telematics features, plus outbound text messaging, location sharing (via Facebook) and a geo-fence system that alerts you when the car travels outside of a defined area (for keeping tabs on younger drivers or valet parkers).
To paraphrase Top Gun, the Veloster’s styling and name are writing checks its driving dynamics can’t cash. The base model is downright slow and even the Turbo’s performance is well off the pace of hot hatches like the Ford Focus ST, Mazdaspeed 3 and Volkswagen GTI. The Veloster corners reasonably well, but the steering feels vague and the car is upset by bumps while cornering. Moreover, the ride is harsh, which makes this car less than fun on a daily basis.
So the 2013 Hyundai Veloster, if you’re just looking for a subcompact or compact hatchback with a distinct and sportycharacter, then it definitely still has some appeal. It is easy to drive, responsive to inputs and both engines deliver strong fuel economy.
Hyundai Veloster standard Equipment Includes:
- 26.2 Yellow
- Boston Red
- Century White
- Ironman Silver
- Marathon Blue
- Triathlon Gray
- Ultra Black
- Vitamin C
- Black, cloth/Leatherette, vinyl/cloth
- Black, cloth
- Width: 70.5 in.
- Height: 55.1 in.
- Length: 166.1 in.
- Ground clearance: 5.6 in.
- Front track: 61.5 in.
- Rear track: 62.0 in.
- Wheel base: 104.3 in.
- Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 15.5 cu.ft.
Roof and Glass
- Variable intermittent wipers
- Rear defogger
- Rear window wiper
- Rear spoiler
- Graphic Package (Lower Body)
- Graphic Package (Graphic Disco)
Tires and Wheels
- Alloy wheels
- 17 x 7.0 in. wheels
- Null spare wheel
- P215/45R17 87H tires
- All season tires
- Tire repair kit
- EPA interior volume: 105.3 cu.ft.
- Gross weight: 3748 lbs.
- Drag Coefficient: 0.32 Cd
- Curb weight: 2584 lbs.
[**] When adequately equipped, which may require engine and/or other drivetrain upgrades.
- Front head room: 39.0 in.
- Front hip room: 53.2 in.
- Front leg room: 43.9 in.
- Front shoulder room: 55.6 in.
- Height adjustable driver seat
- Bucket front seats
- Rear hip Room: 52.6 in.
- Rear head room: 35.3 in.
- Rear leg room: 31.7 in.
- Rear shoulder room: 54.0 in.
- Split-folding rear seatback
- Remote power door locks
- Power mirrors
- Heated mirrors
- Interior Light Kit
- Auto-Dimming Mirror with Homelink
- Cargo Tray
- Cargo Tray
- Carpeted Floor Mats
- Cargo Net
- Trip computer
- External temperature display
- Low fuel level warning
- Cruise control
- Front console with storage
- Front and rear cupholders
- Front door pockets
- Overhead console with storage
- Retained accessory power
- Front seatback storage
- Power steering
- 12V front power outlet(s)
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
- Hands-Free Calling*
- Roadside Assistance*
- Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)*
- Interior air filtration
- Air conditioning
- Cargo area light
- Front reading lights
- Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
In Car Entertainment
- Element antenna
- 6 total speakers
- Video monitor
- Audio/Video Input
- 196 watts stereo output
- AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo
- Sirius XM satellite radio
- Speed sensitive volume control
- Auxiliary audio input and iPod integration
- 3 Months of provided satellite radio service
- Memory card slot
- USB connection
- Pre-wired for phone
- Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone
Engine & Performance
- Base engine size: 1.6 L
- Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
- Cylinders: inline 4
- Valves: 16
- Valve timing: Variable
- Direct injection
- Torque: 132 ft-lbs. @ 4850 rpm
- Horsepower: 138 hp @ 6300 rpm
- Turning circle: 34.1 ft.
- Base engine type: gas
- Drive type: front wheel drive
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- MacPherson strut front suspension
- Torsion beam rear suspension
- Front independent suspension
- Front and rear stabilizer bar
- Fuel type: gas
- Fuel type: regular unleaded
- Fuel tank capacity: 13.2 gal.
- Range in miles (cty/hwy): 369.6/528.0 mi.
- EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 28/40 mpg
- 4-wheel ABS
- Front and rear head airbags
- Dual front side-mounted airbags
- Child seat anchors
- Remote anti-theft alarm system
- Emergency braking assist
- Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
- Rear door child safety locks
- Daytime running lights
- 2 front headrests
- 2 rear headrests
- Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
- Front seatbelt pretensioners
- Stability control
- Traction control
- Electronic brakeforce distribution
- Front height adjustable headrests
- Rear height adjustable headrests
- Tire pressure monitoring
- Emergency Service*
- Airbag Deployment Notification*
- Vehicle Alarm notification*
- Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance*
Safety & Security Options
- Wheel Locks
- Option Group 01
- Style Package
- Tech Package
- Basic: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
- Drivetrain: 10 yr./ 100000 mi.