Defying clear classification, the Hyundai Veloster is part econo-hatch, part sport coupe, part shooting brake, and 100% funky. It shares a wheelbase with the new Elantra GT hatchback, an engine with the entry-level Accent, and is equipped with an extra door on the right side of the car to allow easier access to the two-passenger rear seat. The Veloster’s styling is, and I’m putting this mildly, unconventional. But that’s the secret of its charm.
For 2013, the front-wheel-drive Veloster is offered with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which lends credibility to a model name inferring velocity. The Veloster Turbo includes more than just extra horsepower and torque, though, with sport-tuned steering, bigger wheels and tires, and a number of cabin upgrades attempting to justify its double-deuce starting price.
To find out if the new Veloster Turbo lives up to its name, I spent a week with this Marathon Blue example, using the well-equipped test car for commuting, running errands, shuttling offspring, and chasing velocity on local mountain roads.