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2013 Hyundai Veloster TurboI just couldn't bring myself to lead this post with the image you see on the right. The winter months have not been kind to our matte gray 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, and since you can't just run the thing through your local car wash, our oddly shaped little hatchback has spent more days dirty than clean. It breaks my fleet manager heart to see one of our test cars covered in schmutz so frequently, but let's be honest – the last thing anyone wants to do when it's 12 degrees Fahrenheit outside is play with a hose and spend a good amount of time hand-washing a car.

Moral of the story: If you live in a cold-weather state where you expect to get regular doses of the white stuff, matte paint probably isn't for you. Not to worry, though, as the Veloster Turbo is offered in plenty of pretty, car wash-friendly colors.

We'll have a lot more to talk about regarding the Veloster's cleanability in forthcoming updates, and we're even planning a trip to the Dr. Beasley's office – the company that created the special matte paint detailing kit for the Hyundai – to have their experts show us how it's done. For now, let's spend some time talking about what we've learned about the turbocharged hatch during its honeymoon phase here in the Autoblog Garage.
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As a daily driver, the Veloster Turbo is a pleasant little thing – easy to use while bobbing around town and comfortable enough to not warrant complaint after longer stints behind the wheel. Plus, moving or standing still, this car turns heads like you wouldn't believe. Even to my trained eye, I often find myself doing a double-take when I've parked the car for the night, just to look back for one more glance. I even got two hearty thumbs-up from fellow Velosters driver (base cars) out on the road. That three-door configuration has proved to be fairly functional thus far – not so much for passengers (ingress and egress is easier than a normal coupe, but less useful than a traditional four door), but having an extra door to throw things in the rear seat is incredibly useful. All good things in terms of the overall package.

Our team is already having debates about a few of the Veloster's driving aspects.

During one leg of an already long weekend of driving, a friend's six-year-old kid was riding along in the back seat. When he got into his car seat, without even being asked, he said, "It's not big enough for my head." In other words, there's not a lot of rear head room in the Veloster.

Only a few of us have driven the Veloster as of this writing, but we're already having debates about at least one of the Veloster's driving aspects. For example, I find the six-speed manual shifter of our test car to be pretty objectionable in terms of overall user engagement – I think the throws between gears are short, sure, but the act of moving the stick isn't pleasing. It's notchy, and not in a good way, and the short, stubby stick feels flimsy. It's noisy when clicking between gears, too. I seem to be the only person having this issue, however, as senior editor Seyth Miersma has now called me an fool on several occasions – he praises the Veloster's 'box, citing short throws and solid engagement. I'll be curious to see how the rest of the staff regards it as the months progress.

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One issue, though, is that there's a lot of wind noise inside the cabin while driving on the highway – enough so that when my phone rings via Bluetooth and I'm driving above 60 miles per hour, I feel like I have to shout just so the person on the other end can hear me above all the racket. I recently had a phone conversation with editor-in-chief John Neff while driving the Veloster, and he noted that he could barely hear me over all the racket. Some of the issue could also be placement or quality of the mic, too.

We're averaging 26.8 miles per gallon in relatively mixed cold-weather driving.

Since the car's delivery in mid-January, we've added just over 2,500 miles to the odometer and according to our handy-dandy logbook, we're averaging 26.8 miles per gallon in relatively mixed cold-weather driving. That's slightly lower than the EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined rating (24/35 city/highway), but quite admirable considering how enthusiastically we tend to drive. We'll see how that changes over the coming months.

Next up on the Veloster's docket: A few weeks down in Ohio with boss man John Neff. Stay tuned for his thoughts in next month's update, and keep your eyes locked on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for on-the-fly impressions.

Sebastian Blanco contributed to this story.


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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like the matte paint is totally not worth it.
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        It's not. I wouldn't consider it ever. Too bad, because it's the only way to get a VT in grey, which is a flattering color for it.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking forward to seeing how the paint holds up.
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish dealerships had some kind of 'extended test' program like this, so you could see how a car was for a week (dynamics, usability, fuel economy). I'd like to see how a car responds to my driving, rather than however a someone else drives, and not just for 5 min with a sales rep next to me.
        Ok
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Optimally, you could rent any car in any trim level for a week to test it out before you decide to buy. But car rental places don't carry all cars, and even if they do carry the car you're looking for there is no guarantee they'll have one the day you show up.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        I remember a few years back (well closer to 10yr-2004ish) GM had a 24 hour drive promo. I drove a GXP Comp G for nearly 3 days because my 24 hour period included a day the dealer was closed. The only restriction they had was keep the milage under 100 for the drive. They wouldnt let you take a Corvette, GTO or Caddy either so I said "whats the fastest car on your lot?" and the 260hp Pontiac was what I got to try.
        Lankysean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Call/Email a few dealerships to ask. When I last went shopping for a car I emailed every dealership in the area asking about extended test drives. Most places flat out said no but a few were willing to let me take the car for a few hours and one dealership actually let me take the car for 2 days... they made me leave a deposit on the car but still.
      captainofiron
      • 2 Years Ago
      What did you guys think of the clutch? I think Hyundai used the delay valve in there and it causes a mushy unresponsive feel
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @captainofiron
        I have a N/A Veloster with manual transmission. In my opinion, their stick and clutch combination is among the best I've ever used, and I had a MINI Cooper with Getrag manual transmission prior. It's precise, light, fun and easy. They nailed it.
          David
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          LOL @ down-rating me for giving my honest opinion of my car. Childish much? At least I'm not hating from my armchair from afar.
      Uldis Stīpnieks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, I have matte car ... in winter... i feel your pain :/
      A_Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like the way the turbo matte ones looks, but that gas mileage is pretty low for a run-about. The 2013 CR-Z is in the same realm performance-wise and averages MUCH higher MPG and is cheaper. This has backseats though, which is a big deal for some.
        Monthra 77
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A_Guy
        The CR-Z is in the same realm performance wise as the Base Veloster. Not the turbo that Autoblog is testing. And the base Veloster compares pretty favorably to the CR-Z fuel economy wise despite the Veloster not being a hybrid.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Monthra 77
          You guys need to understand that the 2012 and 2013 CR-Zs are not the same.
        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A_Guy
        Also, the only way to get "same realm performance-wise" is to go with the 6mt on the CR-Z, which offers *far* less fuel economy than the CVT. The 6mt CR-Z is almost identical with the (normal) Veloster: CR-Z : 31/37mpg Veloster: 27/37mpg Personally, ~27mpg combined for a turbo hatchback in the hands of AB sounds pretty good to me.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Travisty
          Look at Fuelly, don't take my word for it.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      "We're averaging 26.8 miles per gallon in relatively mixed cold-weather driving." Meh, I average 22mpg in my old ass C5 Corvette 6-speed. I was thinking of upgrading to a little turbo hot hatch, but not if it barely saves me anything at the pump. Basically only save me a couple hundred bucks... weaksauce.
        Brett
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Those old Corvettes spin strong and slow. Pretty amazing stuff for how much performance is on tap.
        flammablewater
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        You must be driving it quite modestly most of the time to get that, or at least lots of 60mph highway driving? I'm genuinely curious.
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @flammablewater
          Only special thing is that when I'm not in a hurry I skip gears (usually 1st to 4th around town), and I have long tube headers, ceramic coated LS2 heads, and a ram air intake which may improve efficiency slightly. On the highway I usually average about 28mpg at 75mph, and its nice and flat here in Texas. Although I didn't factor in that the Veloster Turbo runs on regular fuel, which is significantly cheaper than premium. Still, with an advertised 38mpg highway, I was hoping they'd manage 31-32mpg mixed driving.
        Mondrell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Heh. Almost anything that would offer you significant fuel savings is, at minimal, going to come with a two-fold downgrade in performance.
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      another great on paper flawed on delivery?....comeon Hyundai....with a little more effort you could have some GEMS...but the same traits keep rearing their heads, do you NOT drive your own vehicles???? massive wind noise at 60?....seriously?.....
        captainofiron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        I own a base model, I wonder if its a problem with the sunroof, because mine is pretty quiet up to 75
      askroon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Steven, I have to say that you're incorrect about the Veloster's manual gearbox. It isn't notchy at all; really slick and the clicks into gear are as satisfying as they are effortless. It's also not flimsy at all: it's the right weight and feels very premium. I've driven many manual trans cars and the Veloster's is one of the least offensive and easiest to drive. If you'd like some more insights into the Veloster please check out my blog, laveloster.com.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 2 Years Ago
      The design is great except for those indents besides the taillights. Some sculpting can be nice, but not sculpting for the sake of sculpting.
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        That's my biggest complaint about this car, besides the poor quality. It's just way too overdone and looks like its trying way too hard to be cool.
      JC
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can't run it through a touchless car wash? I don't see why not.
        foxtrot685
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JC
        Its not the fact that its touchless, its the fact that many commercial automated car wash units use shine enhancers and waxes that aren't safe for matte finishes. They may make the matte finish appear shiny over time which is a bad thing.
          JC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foxtrot685
          Makes sense. Learn something new everyday.
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JC
        Soap and Wax.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      My favorite thing about the car is the crease below the headlights which cause that shadow effect.....if gives the car good visual dynamics while on the road.....
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