Hyundai Veloster, 2013: Looks like a sports car, drive disappoints (video)

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The Hyundai Veloster joined the South Korean manufacturer’s lineup in 2012. As contributing editor Dan Jedlicka pointed out earlier this year in his review of the 2013 edition it “Immediately drew attention with its unique three-door design.”

He further adds for the 2013 edition: “The turbocharged version makes the car much faster and lots more fun. It has a twin-scroll design for quicker response and more low-end torque. The engine also has dual continuously variable valve timing and an intercooler for better performance and fuel economy.”


He also comments: “Serious bumps and potholes cause jolts.”

Add it all up and the 2013 Hyundai Veloster looks like a sports car. But it’s not and nor is it that much fun to drive.

While only two years old, the Veloster has arguably become the most drastic contradiction in the automotive industry. Its design is innovative and cool. It’s promoted as a sports hatchback or sports coupe. It’s turbocharged and lightweight. It has 201 horsepower.

But it’s not a sports coupe (it has three doors) and it’s not a sports hatchback (its 0-60 mph time is 7.7 seconds.)

Videographer Bruce Aldrich ( and I recently reviewed the 2013 Veloster via video.

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