If you liked everything about Hyundai’s funky three-door-plus-hatch Veloster except for its lack of power in base trim, we’ve got good news: for 2013, a turbocharged Veloster model joins the lineup, and it promises to add a dose of sport to Hyundai’s personality-filled hatch.
The Veloster is a category-buster, and we say that’s a good thing. It’s a hatchback, but it bears more than a passing resemblance to Volkswagen’s not-for-U.S.-consumption Scirocco coupe. It’s got two doors on the passenger side, but only a single door street side. It carries on the familiar “fluidic sculpture” that Hyundai pioneered on the 2011 Sonata, but takes it in a bolder direction. Finally, it borrows some components from the down-market Hyundai Accent, yet never manages to feel like an economy car.
Even inside, the Veloster gives buyers the feeling that they’re getting more car than they’re paying for. There’s a stylized, wing-shaped...