With a name like the Veloster, you would expect a vehicle that could own the roads, but when it first debuted at the 2011 Detroit Auto show with a 1.6 liter four cylinder engine that only gave 138 horsepower and 123 pound feet of torque, people were pretty let down to say the least. Hyundai heard the complaints and took heed though because they went ahead and added a Turbo option into the mix. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and got a much better reception. It still host the same engine, but has the intake boosted to 19 psi. This gives it the same power as the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport with 201 horsepower and 194 pound feet of torque. While this isn’t face melting power, it is quick and sharp, which is much better for having a name like Veloster.
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo base price is $21,950, with a $775 destination fee not included. It comes standard with a manual gearbox, but you can add an automatic transmission for $1,000. If you want the Premium Package, that is another $2,500 and includes navigation system with rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, backup sensors and a 115-volt power outlet. When you add it all together, the price is still a reasonable $26,225 although some critics say they would prefer more options added. Oh, and the matte grey color which seems to be the favorite is one more thousand dollar fee. But while that color looks cool, it is high maintenance and many drivers don’t care to bother so much with their car’s paint job.
Overall it handles pretty well and has a comfortable interior. Critics don’t think it will catch up to the GTI or Subaru WRX though. It does have some great fuel economy with 26 city miles per gallon and 38 highway miles per gallon.