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2013 Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster represents the Korean automaker’s move to become a more diverse brand. Known for building a whole lineup of impressive models, ranging from entry-level cars to mid-size vehicle, all the to SUVs and luxury cars, Hyundai had a whole lot of markets covered.

The sports hatch market, though, wasn’t in the company’s radar until it released the Veloster.

And when the Veloster did arrive, it ushered in a new era of affordable Hyundais with incredibly sporty looks and well-placed performance capabilities to back it up. It’s numbers aren’t as high as a lot of people would’ve liked, but overall, the Veloster offered customers a cool and new way to enjoy a car with sports car looks that won’t empty their wallets in the process.

Hyundai answered those performance questions with the release of the Veloster Turbo , but the standard Veloster still has some appeal to it, even if it seemed like the top-line trim rendered everything below it redundant.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Hyundai Veloster

Exterior

Hyundai Veloster

While it doesn’t have the menacing looks of the Veloster Turbo, the standard Veloster still looks the part of a sports hatchback. There’s no wide-mouth grille and the bodykit isn’t as low-slung, but the Veloster still possesses that sportiness about it that Hyundai was looking to create with the vehicle.

The hexagonal front grille is there, as is the hood scoop detailing that gives a touch of aggressiveness to the front profile of the Veloster. LED lights on the front are also part of the standard features. Around back, dual centered chrome exhaust tips underscore the kind of performance profile the Veloster wants to present to the public.

That’s further touched on by a slew of exterior options, including chrome grille surrounds, piano-black highlights, fog lights, a massive panoramic sunroof and 18-inch wheel with painted inserts.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase104.3 in.
Overall length166.1 in.
Overall width70.5 in.
Overall height55.1 in.
Tread Width (front/rear) - 17”61.5 in. / 62.0 in.
Tread Width (front/rear) - 18”61.3 in. / 61.8 in.
Minimum Ground Clearance5.6
Coefficient of Drag0.32

2013 Hyundai Veloster — Standard Exterior Features

  • Headlights with LED accents, escort function
  • LED Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL)
  • Dual heated body-color power outside mirrors
  • Front bumpers, body-color
  • Rear spoiler with LED HMSL
  • Grille, body-color with black intake grille
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Windshield shade band
  • Tinted glass
  • Front two-speed intermittent windshield wipers with mist function
  • Rear wiper

Interior

Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster’s three-door layout is a welcome addition to the 2013 model, providing added convenience that makes going into the rear a little more comfortable. The space in the back could have been better, but compared to other models of its class, there’s actually enough legroom to be at least comfortable. Tall people might have a problem in the back with its low, sloping roof line, but onsidering the overall dimensions of the Veloster, it’s something that shouldn’t be taken against the sports hatch.

Not surprisingly, the front of the Veloster’s interior boasts a modern design that’s fresh to look at, yet subtle enough that it’s not too tacky. Hyundai used hard plastic on a number of components, and that’s not really a problem because Veloster buyers likely aren’t expecting the highest-quality materials. The center console is neatly arranged and comes with plenty of Hyundai’s standard electronics and entertainment features.

Interior Dimensions

Head room without sunroof
Front39.0 in.
Rear35.3 in.
Head room with panoramic sunroof
Front37.2 in.
Rear35.3 in.
Leg room
Front43.9 in.
Rear31.7 in.
Shoulder room
Front55.6 in.
Rear54.0 in.
Hip room
Front53.2 in.
Rear52.6 in.

2013 Hyundai Veloster - Standard Interior Features

  • Roof trim, non-woven
  • Door trim, black plastic
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Door armrest, integrated
  • Door map pockets, front with bottle holders
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions
  • Shift knob, urethane
  • Parking brake handle
  • Floor covering, needle punch carpeting
  • Door scuff, step plate
  • Front seatback pocket
  • One touch triple turn signal
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater
  • Cabin air filter
  • Rear window defroster with timer
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Steering wheel audio control

Drivetrain

Hyundai Veloster

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Hyundai Veloster is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. With the optional six-speed DCT automatic transmission, the numbers are slightly down at 132 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque.

Performance numbers indicate that the Veloster was capable of hitting 60 mph in 9.5 seconds to go with a top speed of about 110 mph. The numbers are pretty decent for a car of its size, but not exactly a rocket by any stretch of the imagination.

Engine Specifications

TypeGamma DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) GDI (Gasoline Direct Engine)
MaterialsAluminum block and head
Displacement1.6L / 1,591 cc
Horsepower138 @ 6300 rpm (M/T) / 132 @ 6300 rpm (DCT)
Torque132 @ 4850 rpm / 120 @ 4850 rpm
6-speed manual
City27 mpg
Highway37 mpg
Combined31 mpg
6-speed DCT
City28 mpg
Highway37 mpg
Combined31 mpg

Suspension and Brakes

Hyundai Veloster

The front suspension of the Veloster is comprised of independent MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas-filled hydraulic twin-tube shock absorbers, and a 24 mm (0.94-inch) stabilizer bar. Meanwhile, the rear suspension makes use of a 23 mm (0.90-inch) V-beam stabilizer bar with coil springs and gas-filled hydraulic monotube shock absorbers.

Suspension and Brakes Specifications

Front SuspensionIndependent, MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas-filled hydraulic twin-tube shock absorbers and 24mm stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension23 mm V-beam stabilizer bar with coil springs and gas-filled hydraulic monotube shock absorbers
Front11.0-inch ventilated discs
Rear10.3-inch solid discs
ABS4-wheels and 4-channels with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
TiresStandard: P215/45HR17 tires / Optional: P215/40VR18 tires
WheelsStandard: 17 x 7.0J Alloy / Optional: 18 x 7.5J Alloy / 18 x 7.5J Alloy with painted inserts

Pricing

Hyundai Veloster

For Hyundai’s turbo-less Veloster line, pricing begins at $17,450 for the 1.6-liter GDI with a six-speed manual transmission and $18,700 for the 1.6-liter GDI with a six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch transmission.

Competition

MINI Cooper

Mini Cooper & Cooper S

The MINI Cooper is regarded as one of the most popular compact hatchbacks in the world. So if there was a model the Hyundai Veloster can use as its barometer, its the German Cooper.

Despite releasing a slew of new models in recent years, the legend of the MINI lineup remains the Cooper. There’s really no discussions in that regard, proving that when it comes to the brand, the first model to always get the attention will always be the Cooper.

The current generation Cooper remains a popular model and rightfully so. In addition to retaining its classic MINI look with an added modern twist to it, the Cooper also comes with a slew of engine options, including a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 121 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 114 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm.

Conclusion

Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster definitely looks the part of a compact sports hatch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really have the kind of performance credentials that you would expect for a car that looks as aesthetically-pleasing as the Veloster. The Cooper does have less performance numbers, but it doesn’t look the part of a sports hatch the way the Veloster does. There’s the Veloster Turbo, which answers those needs, but the standard model just seems like a step slow. There are a whole load of features that adds to the appeal but if you’re going to buy a Veloster, we suggest you just go straight to the Veloster Turbo.

LOVE IT
  • Looks awesome
  • Plenty of features
  • Trunk has ample space
LEAVE IT
  • Competitive market
  • Could have been a little more powerful
  • Lacks enough interior space


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