2013 Hyundai Veloster

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Flash drive review

By Staff of MSN Autos

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The Hyundai Veloster Turbo is a stylish car. It has a compact, modern appearance that looks cool, fast and different. It's a sexy wrapper for a 2-plus-2, and although the rear seats have very little headroom, they do have reasonable legroom. Happily, the front seats are a good size and they really emphasize the task of driving in a good way. But the Veloster turbo is mostly show with not so much go. The turbo is not that powerful, but the front-wheel-drive chassis spins up the inside wheel anyway, squandering the power. The engine doesn't feel laggy so much as simply weak at lower revs. I can't imagine why you would spend more for the turbo. –Paul Hagger

When I first drove the Veloster, I loved it but thought it could use a bit more power. Now Hyundai has taken the sporty hatchback and put in a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine. Our tester was equipped with the 6-speed automatic, but the turbo still felt quick and the transmission works well. Steering is surprisingly precise and tight for a front-wheel-drive car, which makes this small hatchback fun on a twisty road. I like the big grille and dual exhaust pipes in the center of the rear fascia. The interior feels roomy up front, and the third door makes for easy access to the rear where there's plenty of legroom. But the rear seat won't work well for anyone very tall — my 5-foot-tall daughter barely had any headroom. With impressive fuel economy and prices starting around $21,000, the Veloster is a great value for someone looking for fun in an easy-to-drive hatchback. Perry Stern

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