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Motor Authority has been apparently been exchanging whispers in the corner regarding the Veloster with someone from Hyundai, and has been told that there is "still left room in the lineup for a higher-performance variant" than the Veloster Turbo. The consensus in certain circles, including ours, is that the boosted version of the funky three-door is a healthy step above the base model but doesn't posses the true grit to joust with the segment's defining hot hatches.

Part of this could be considered intentional since, as we wrote in our review, "It is important to remember that the Veloster Turbo is every bit as much about sipping fuel as it is about performance." With the six-speed manual and regular unleaded you're going to get 26 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway. The best you'll get with a Volkswagen GTI is 21 city / 31 hwy, while the MazdaSpeed3 Touring checks in with 18 city / 25 hwy and those numbers for both cars are with premium gas.

A hypothetical "Veloster Turbo R-Spec" could be tweaked with more power and a retuned suspension to directly challenge other hot hatches. Also in its favor is that with an MSRP of $21,950 it's got pricing headroom between it and the $23,995 GTI and $24,000 MazdaSpeed3, even before factoring in Hyundai's propensity to load its offerings with extras. Nevertheless, let us stress the word "hypothetical" – this is speculation in the extreme. But now that we all know the potential is there, let us hope it's only a matter of time before it's realized.


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      kawanut
      • 2 Years Ago
      I regularly see 32 mpg on the highway with my 2009 GTI 6spd, cruising at 70mph over short distances. Longer distance I have seen 33.8 as the best mpg. So, your statement was a bit off. Stock unmodified car too. And folks with stage 1 upgrades have actually seen an improvement in mpg for daily driving. The EPA ratings are only part of the truth.
      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unless R-Spec is code for "270hp turbocharged 2.0L w/ 6 speed manual", then "meh".
      sparkkpark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai wanted veloster to be an icon.If they worked on the brakes a bit more...
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sparkkpark
        Maybe the rear suspension, too.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai is such a polarizing brand here.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Pretty much. People whine because all the cars nowadays look the same. So Hyundai goes out and makes a unique looking car to stand out and then people whine because it looks different. Just goes to show you can never make everybody happy.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anti- Hyundai comments = +12 Pro- Hyundai comments = -10 Hyundai and Kia bring out more paranoid trolls than any other manufacturer.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        How about a tally of comments from those that work for Hyundai? Care to show us that list NightFlight?
          FuelToTheFire
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          You know, I'm starting to think that NightFlight works for Hyundai. Why else would he be on every single Hyundai page defending them?
          FuelToTheFire
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          Correct, David. No true enthusiast will EVER like a Hyundai. Their exterior styling is either horrendous or is a cheap Chinese knockoff of Japanese or German cars. Their interiors look like the reject pile of a third world country, and their steering and handling is even number and more boring than Toyota's. Hyundai is also known for lying about their EPA, hp, and 0-60 estimates. If you LIKE Hyundais, you should not even be allowed on this blog. You are in NO way a car enthusiast. No car enthusiast could ever like such a despicable company (with cars that are so boring to drive, may I add). Therefore, the only positive comments on Hyundai pages are not by car enthusiasts, but by Hyundai employees like yourself and NightFlight. This is evidenced by the fact that 90% of the comments are just as disgusted with this car and Hyundai in general as me, while 10% (obvious Hyundai employees like yourself) absolutely LOVE this car.Also evidenced by the fact that I have 9 upvotes. And no, I don't have multiple accounts, like a few posters here accused me of. People just agree with me. You guys are the minority. Now go away.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          Ahhh......so saying anything remotely positive about Hyundai/Kia means you work for Hyundai, while any other car brand means you're an "enthusiast". You guys are too much
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
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          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          I don't think FTTF is "invisibitch". Look at a couple of his comments on the FR-S page.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
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        FuelToTheFire
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Not everyone who disagrees with your opinion is a paranoid troll, Nightlfight. No real enthusiasts like Hyundai. I'm starting to think that you're just a paranoid troll.
        Duck
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        That is because ONE person can have twelve aliases, because AOL is too dumb to figure out how to limit posting and voting based on IP address.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a POS. This thing has an estimate of 7.5 seconds to 60. And we all know how Hyundai overestimates everything. Hp and mileage are also overestimated, so in real life it will probably get 18/27 mpg. It probably has no more than 150 hp in real life.Combined with the low hp and the poorly designed performance parts, and Hyundai's lying 0-60 estimates, this car will have a 0-60 of more than 8 seconds in real life. Which would mean that it is more of a Honda Fit competitor, with the same pricetag as an MS3, with the mileage of the Chrysler 300C.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's funny is to go from the Mazdaspeed 3 to an Evo, you gain nothing in weight, and lose nothing in fuel economy. Evo with more power and full-time AWD: 19 city 25 highway 3270lbs Mazdaspeed 3 FWD: 18 city 25 highway 3280lbs Why would I want 2 wheel drive again? It's not lighter, and it's not more fuel efficient. Only cheaper.
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        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        AGAIN, you have to ALWAYS bring your Evo into the discussion. THIS ISN'T ABOUT THE EVO!!!!!!!!!!!! How are you going to compare a car that starts at $32,000+ to one that starts in the very low $20's? You are outrageously obnoxious.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        SHOCKING!!!! AcidTonic talking about Evo's again!
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          Looks like Acid is trying to downvote people with his multiple accounts
        RudyH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        but you gain a huge monthly payment...
        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I thought you made an excellent point, then I took my head out of my ass and realized that this is an article about the Veloster, making your comment completely irrelevant and displaying a gross disrespect for the value of our time. Japanese ritual suicide is now your only recourse to redeem yourself and regain what little honor you have left. Also, btw, the Veloster Turbo boasts 38mpg on cheap low-octane gas, quite a different from your examples, and generally speaking FWD gains: 1) Improved fuel economy 2) Reduced weight 3) Reduced cost 4) Increased floor room (no hump/tunnel) or ground clearance. 5) Less power loss to the wheels
          suthrn2nr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          Veloster does not boast 38MPG, thats just the HWY #. You will average 38 MPG only if you drive 85+% of the time in free flowing highways at steady highway speeds. You can expect to get only about 32MPG in the Veloster, a little less for Turbo. http://www.fuelly.com/car/hyundai/veloster
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          Woah, suthrn, stop the press. So you're saying that the 38mpg highway rating of the Veloster Turbo is its rating only on the highway? WHO KNEW? Seriously, you should choke yourself. It is rated 26mpg city / 38mpg highway for the Veloster Turbo, very impressive since its on cheap regular gas and produces not only 200hp, but nearly 200ftlbs which peaks just off idle at 1750rpm meaning its virtually lagless and with peak horsepower near redline at 6000rpm means its a very wide flat torque curve. And for motivating just a tick over 2800lbs (lightest vehicle in its class) should pull very nicely.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        The Evo X doesn't weigh 3270lb, it weighs closer to 3570, with the MR being even heavier. The Evo IX was probably closer to 3270. And if you are conveniently ignoring the current car for the arguably more athletic predecessor, then your point is even more irrelevent as it's now a matter of new vs old car discussions.
        cq_
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        It's cheaper by far! Average running MPG in my 2008 EVO X (which I bought Jan 2008) is 19MPG (San Francisco / bay area driving - I'm not "racing" / launching at all...) My clutch went out at 37k - Works Cabon Kevlar klutch and lightened flywheel ~ $1700 Diff pins blew out around 44k - Trans Rebuild ~ $6k and 3 months waiting for Works / Sheptrans.... now at 55k the Works clutch catastrophically blew out on my way to work one day (no slipping, just bang!) going back to OEM clutch/flywheel combo ~ $1700 Now, this may be an extreme case, but if you check the forums, people are replacing their clutches left and right - I'm going to seriously consider a 2 wheel drive car in the next couple of years (STI BRZ PLZ) after my Evo blows up again (it will happen)... I welcome competition THAT IS CHEAPER :)
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cq_
          Listening to what he said and then you claiming that it's one of the best $40k cars out there is just hilarious.
          suthrn2nr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cq_
          Thank you for being one of the rare people to talk in terms of AVERAGE MPG. There are so many car "analysts" all over the web giving their useless MPG analysis based only on HWY MPG. Its too bad about your trans problems, at least you got to enjoy one of the best cars under $40K, I only wish I had the time and money for one right now.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Cheaper is enough of an argument for me. It also doesn't look like crap.
        purplewonagain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        What's funny is to go from the EVO to an S4, you gain nothing in weight and lose nothing in fuel economy Why would I want the EVO again, it's not lighter it's not more fuel efficient, Only cheaper... Oh wait, Cheaper?? That's right, an MS3 is ~9k (or ~30%) cheaper than an EVO, that's why you would go for one. (it's quite possible an EVO is lighter and more fuel efficient than an S4, just making a point)
        Fonin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        the problem with the MS3 is the low compression on the 2.3l. It has no power off-boost, relatively speaking. And under boost it runs very rich, funny based on how taxed the CDFP is. Higher compression and leaner A/F would do wonders for the MPGs. i get horrible MPGs, and even the car mags get bad MPGs on them, then again, when you drive it like it was meant to be driven... those are smiles not miles.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's the point of this car? Another Hyundai which on paper may look good, but when you drive it, it fails to impress. We've seen what a flop the original Veloster was, the just released Turbo is appearing to deliver the same sorts of lackluster comments, flacid handling, luke warm power, little driver engagement. Is Hyundai really going for the trifecta and seeking that called third strike to completely bury this model.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        I love how any Kia/Hyundai article brings out trolls in droves
          suthrn2nr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          Cant call it trolling if every review and especially comparisons of the Veloster constantly talk about the Good-On-Paper Bad-in-Real Life aspect of the car. Constant complaints are: -Unexpectedly slow accelration -Unexpectedly bad handling -Unexpextedly low MPG The Sonata's real life characteristics fare very well with its competition, but the Veloster is just a an over-promising let-down with an excellent marketing campaign fuelled by misleading "40MPG HWY" claims. On Fuelly, 63 owners are averaging only 32MPG over the long run.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          "Unexpectedly slow acceleration" - WTF do you expect with 138 hp? I mean honestly people, wtf do you expect it to be, a Corvette? "Unexpectedly bad handling" - Whoa, whoa, whoa........you mean an econocar that is made to be economical isn't a CTS-V and handles like it's on rails!? I mean I bought a Ford F-250 and I'm upset that it's not as fast in the 1/4 as an Ariel Atom, and gets out handled by a Ferrari Enzo. What a piece of junk! "Unexpectedly low MPG' - Says the trolls. Unlike yourself I have two friends that have Velosters and they get the advertised MPG so I'm going to go off of actual owners versus the guy who doesn't like Hyundai's and will say whatever he feels like to make it seem like he has a clue as to what he's talking about on an internet car forum.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
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          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          Watch out for SVX and his amazing comedy skills!
      montegod7ss
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was considering a Veloster Turbo for a new DD, but in the end this past weekend went with a great deal on a 2010 MS3 with 4k miles on it. Way more room, more power, and I'm OK with the gas mileage difference because it's a short commute and I don't totally trust Hyundai's mileage claims anyways.
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @montegod7ss
        Your loss. I get over 40 mpg on the highway in my NA Veloster and the interior quality and kit make the Mazda3's look primitive and extremely cheap!
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          No, your loss. montegod's Mazda has roughly twice the horsepower of your car which is achingly slow in comparison. Plus he wouldn't have to explain for the millionth time to passers-by why he has 1 door on 1 side and 2 on the other.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          Would you imagine that!? A performance car has more power then an economy car! Get out of town k_m94!!
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          lol at acting like Mazda is leaps and bounds better then Hyundai. Last I checked the MS3 is using a Ford platform. Way to go Mazda!!
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          David
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          Not only that, Hyundai is financially healthy and getting better all the time. Mazda is on very shaky ground and may not survive. Lastly, Mazda's are ugly and are also econoboxes, last time I checked (except the MX-5)
          pasigiri
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          You miss the point of the MS3. It's a hot hatch. It's a compromise of a DD and a track day terror (and the MS3 is a VERY formidable track day car for it's class). And as far as gas mileage, keep it out of boost and it'll return 28-32 mpg in my experience. So more room, more horse power (TOO much in some case; be gentle on corner exits), better handling, and not too much of a hit on mpg. What you need to do is compare you Volester to a Honda CRV or whatever it's called.
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          ^^ I thought the GTI is the class leader??? I mean I don't want to drive in a smiley face or an angry chipmunk. Decisions decisions...
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @montegod7ss
        Hyundai's mileage claims? Last time I checked, fuel economy posted estimates aren't from the manufacturer. People couldn't bash Hyundai if they didn't make that up though. Call up the EPA if you have a problem with what Hyundai's cars are rated.
          what
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          http://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-truth-about-epa-city-highway-mpg-estimates
      what
      • 2 Years Ago
      Except the GTI can actually get its EPA numbers (better than, in fact). Hyundai's track record isn't so great with advertised numbers.
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @what
        Except that the Veloster actually exceeds its EPA numbers, smarty pants. You are just trolling, and know not of what you speak. Now go!
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @what
        For the billionth time, your pointing the finger at Hyundai when it is the EPA that does the testing. Last I checked EPA is not owned by Hyundai.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          My big gripe with the EPA is that with the new CAFE standards being implemented and them only testing supposedly 10% of the cars then whats to stop manufacturers from flubbing the numbers and saying, "We meet those CAFE standards!"? I mean they do crash tests to every car, not just 10% of them, yet they can't take those cars are for a cruise before hand and do their fuel mileage tests and then pull them into the crash test area once their testing is finished? But many independent places have already done their testing and concluded that the Elantra meets it's 40 mpg and exceeds it. I'd be willing to bet that since the vehicle is very cheaply priced that people who can't drive for crap think they're in NASCAR's and floor them all over town and wonder why their fuel mileage sucks. Because if there's one thing I've learned over the years with cars is that the cheaper the car the more people like to act as if it's a Ferrari out on the road.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
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          what
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          The EPA tests very few cars annually and leaves it to the manufacturers to self-report. http://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-truth-about-epa-city-highway-mpg-estimates
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          @David Donovan
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          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          Yes I am blaming them. They have a job to do and they do only 10% of it. Do they not crash test every vehicle? Do all vehicles have to meet certain requirements by the government before they can be sold? But when it comes to fuel mileage numbers our government group is only going to test 10% of the vehicles being sold? Are you kidding me? As for Hyundai overestimating their numbers, it's been established already by independent places that they meet those numbers but trolls who need to bash on Hyundai for anything and everything purposely chose to overlook the facts so that they can look cool crapping all over Hyundai.
      Antonio
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jesus Christ Almighty Autoblog, don't post pics of that thing around lunch time. I'm trying to keep my lunch down.
      zoomy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only think I want to hear, is they are totally redesigning this hideous lump.
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