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2013 Hyundai Veloster

Friday, March 8th 2013. | Hyundai

The Hyundai Veloster is a very stylish crossover utility vehicle that combines the sporty look of the coupe and the functionality of the hatchback to create the first of entirely new line of cars. With its emphasis on sporty look and power minus the compromise of the sports car, it is clearly intended for the young and sophisticated drivers who have a preference for style, speed and loads of gadgets. The car is available in fuel efficient base version as well as the more powerful Turbo version.

2013 Hyundai Veloster side2

The 2013 Veloster has a 1.6 liter four-cylinder Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine is capable of generating 138 HP at 6,300 rpm and 123 lbs-ft torque at 4,850 rpm. The GDI engine improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions. The Turbo version is capable of 201 HP of power output at 6,000 rpm and 195 lbs-ft torque at 4,500 rpm. The power generated is less than that of a true sports car, but then the Veloster is not intended to be one.

The 2013 Veloster can achieve a top speed of 130 miles per hour on its 18″ alloy wheels, which is good for a car of its class, but not good enough if you consider yourself a speed demon. The base version can give an EPA-rated mileage of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which makes it among the most fuel-efficient cars. However, the Turbo version sacrifices mileage for speed and is capable of giving a slightly lower 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

2013 Hyundai Veloster side

The 2013 Veloster is available in either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed EcoShift Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). While six-speed manual gearbox is standard feature with the new breed of cars, the EcoShift DCT is a standard feature in high-end cars only. It delivers faster gear shifts, smooth and efficient power, and increased fuel economy. Both manual and DCT transmissions are fun to handle and give you firm control of the car.

2013 Hyundai Veloster front

With its unique 3-door design (one on the driver’s side and two on the other side), wide-mouthed grille, beautiful aerodynamic shape and unique square dual exhaust, the Velostar is a car that stands out anywhere. It is clearly a car with a personality. And despite its somewhat aggressive stance, it is a beautiful car by any standard. It is also available in an exciting matte finish. No wonder it won a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

The 2013 Veloster has a sporty interior but with the spaciousness and versatility of a hatchback. Its panoramic sunroof lends it’s a very sophisticated appearance as well as increases its roomy feel. The car has ample space for four passengers (including the driver) and even tall people have no trouble adopting a comfortable posture. The car has an attractive V-shaped instrument panel that is loaded with gadgets and an LCD touch-screen.

2013 Hyundai Veloster interior

The Veloster incorporates all the safety features that are expected of all new generation Hyundai cars. It has six airbags, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability management system (VSM), electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist system. However, one problem with the Veloster’s low-slung, wacky design is that it has a huge blind spot to its rear which would have been disastrous had it not been for the backup warning sensors and a rearview camera.

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster, both base and Turbo, is good value for your money. The Veloster base has a price tag of just above $17,000 and the Turbo just above $22,000, which makes them within the affordable range of most young people. With a wacky and innovative design that’s somewhere between a sporty coupe and a hatchback, the Veloster is likely to spawn its own series. If you are looking for a sports car, then it is not for you. However, if you are young and looking for a sleek, sporty-looking and gadget-laden but inexpensive car with the flexibility of a hatchback, then this is definitely the car for you.

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