At just over $18,000, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster is a good value, even before its standard features are factored in. With those compared against other sporty vehicles in the class, it comes into focus as an even better value.The Veloster is offered in two models, base and Turbo, each with option packages. All Velosters sport power windows, locks, and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD player with a USB port; cruise control; air conditioning; and a seven-inch touch-screen display that controls its extensive, standard infotainment system. That setup comes with Pandora internet radio capability, Gracenote display technology (song, album, artist), and RCA inputs for video-game console connectivity. A Bluetooth hands-free interface is standard, too, and voice-recognition controls apply to both Bluetooth and Gracenote media playback, whether it comes from satellite radio or an attached iPhone.
Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system is standard on the Veloster, too. Similar in concept to a degree to GM’s OnStar, BlueLink uses existing databases to provide directions and information for drivers via voice requests, as well as safety services like Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance. A higher subscription levels it also includes turn-by-turn navigation capability. It's patrolled by live operators that ensure the cloud-hosted information is delivered properly; those operators can help if needed, unlike OnStar, where they handle every customer interaction.
The high-end audio system comes with integrated XM Data services, including XM NavWeather and XM Stock Ticker. And with the optional navigation system, the Veloster offers a rearview camera system and backup warning sensors.
Just two option packages, Style and Tech, are offered on the base Veloster. Style models add 18-inch alloy wheels; a panoramic sunroof; leatherette seats; leather trim; alloy pedals; an upgraded Dimension audio system; and fog lamps. The Tech Package adds backup sensors; painted wheel inserts; a navigation system; push-button start; and a 115-volt outlet. Oddly, an auto up/down driver's side window is only included if you order the whole Style package. Otherwise, one of the most significant price choices is the Dual Clutch (DCT) automatic gearbox, which runs $1,250 more than the manual.
The Turbo commands a $4,500 premium over the base car, with its $22,725 price tag, including destination charges. Above and beyond the base car, it gets a host of add-ons. A sport suspension is standard; so are heated leather seats, LED headlight accents and LED taillamps, a 450-watt audio system and 18-inch wheels.
The Veloster Turbo also makes some package equipment standard, like the rearview camera and parking sensors. The available navigation system and panoramic sunroof are options in an Ultimate Package. A six-speed automatic is an option too, for $1,000, but the base car's dual-clutch transmission isn't offered, since it can't handle the turbo's higher torque. With everything, including the automatic transmission, the Veloster Turbo tops out at $26,225.
The Veloster Turbo also offers Hyundai's first matte paint finish, complete with an owner care kit, priced at $1,000--and paired with the suggestion that only those who like hand-washing their cars should take on the maintenance of keeping the street look scratch-free.