As aggressively exotic as the three-door Hyundai Veloster looks, it hasn't previously been paired with a powerful engine. This changes for the 2013 model as Hyundai adds a high-performance model to the lineup. Using a turbocharged version of the base Veloster’s 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, it puts out 201 horsepower -- 63 more than the standard car.
It still is not a top-of-the-class performer, but the Veloster Turbo will better serve performance-minded buyers. Environmentally conscious buyers will still prefer the base model, with fuel economy ratings of 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. But they might be able to live with the Turbo's 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
Attention to style is not lost on the hatchback’s interior, which is modern yet inviting. Priced to compete in the economy class, there is plenty of plastic inside. But quality materials have been thoughtfully placed in key areas like the armrests and the shift handle. The back seat is not a Veloster strength, however, and is cramped at best. Still, the trunk is large with the hatch opening to reveal 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space within a deep well.
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