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2013 Hyundai Veloster Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Veloster was new.


Performance: 6.8

Reviewers write that power from the 2013 Hyundai Veloster's base engine is just sufficient, noting that cars like the Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent are quicker. Additionally, some critics are let down by handling that’s less athletic than they would like.

  • Veloster has sportier styling than most mainstream compacts, but it doesn't feel especially nimble for its size; overall handling is only average." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The base engine does not deliver the velocity this car's name implies, as the standard Veloster is actually slower than subcompacts like the Chevy Sonic or even the Hyundai Accent." -- Edmunds 
  • "The 2013 Veloster Turbo isn't supercar fast by any means, but it's much better suited for bolting from a stoplight or passing on the freeway." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "On the highway, the turbocharger makes merging and passing much more comfortable, and the added thrust means there is less of a need to drop out of sixth for maneuvering." -- Autoblog (Veloster Turbo)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster comes with a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. A six-speed automated manual transmission is optional. The Veloster Turbo comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower. A six-speed manual is standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional in the Veloster Turbo. The EPA reports that the Veloster gets up to 28/37 mpg city/highway, which is slightly better than small cars like the Honda Fit.

One reviewer is underwhelmed by the base Veloster’s acceleration, while another comments that the Veloster Turbo is slower than cars like the Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI. Still, the Veloster Turbo earns praise for its smooth-shifting automatic transmission, and one auto writer notes that it delivers significantly better fuel economy than competitors like the GTI and Honda Civic Si.

  • "With either transmission, the base Veloster's acceleration is adequate at best, and nowhere near as peppy as the sporty looks suggest." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "There is some extra velocity to be found this year, however, thanks to the addition of a new Turbo model that packs 201 hp. This is a much stronger engine that still gets decent fuel economy, but even with this extra oomph, the Veloster remains slower than cars like the Mini Cooper S or Volkswagen GTI." -- Edmunds 
  • "It's no contest in the MPG arena. The Veloster Turbo (26/38 manual, 25/34 automatic) spanks both the GTI two-door (21/31 manual, 24/32 automatic) and the Civic Si (22/31 manual only) in the EPA's eyes." -- Motor Trend (Veloster)
  • "Forget about the paddle shifters or manual mode, as the slushbox transmission does a commendable job simply left in... Drive." -- Autoblog (Veloster Turbo)

Handling and Braking

Most test drivers say that the 2013 Veloster has handling that's just adequate. Several reviewers says that they're let down by the Veloster’s harsh ride and numb steering. Many critics agree that the Veloster isn’t very fun to drive.

  • "Brakes have good pedal feel and stopping power." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "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." -- Edmunds 

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