By on June 6, 2012

Finally, the real story on the Hyundai Veloster Turbo pricing is here. $22,725 (including the $775 destination fee). A 6-speed automatic is another $1,000.

With 201 horsepower and 38 mpg highway, the Veloster Turbo has the Mini Cooper S and Fiat 500 Abarth beat on paper in those two areas, but faces a significant battle when it comes to outright driving enjoyment. The base Veloster isn’t the most engaging car, and the Mini Cooper S and 500 Abarth seem to have that part of the equation nailed down, as well as having whatever prestige one can get from owning a European car.

We’ll be driving the Veloster Turbo in a couple weeks, and definitive answers will be available as soon as the embargo lifts.

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25 Comments on “Hyundai Veloster Turbo Priced At $22,725...”

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    Yay. 200hp for $23k. It’s 1992 all over again.

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      I just keep going back to the FR-S/BRZ in this price range as its competitors more then, say, the Mini. The horsepower number is nice but its also an issue of weight. The Veloster is a small car in person. A really tiny car when you see it.

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    I think you mean “base” Veloster and not not “Vase” Veloster. Which would be a VW Beetle variant.

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    Man, for that coin you can get _two_ V6 Mustangs, amiright?

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    Hopefully Hyundai makes it more exciting to drive than a Sonata Turbo

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    Perhaps it’s time to ask for suspension help from Lotus, as Isuzu did back in the day? Was that a big improvement to the Impulse, performance-wise?

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    $22K saves alot of coin over my wife’s Volvo C30 and you getting better fuel mileage to boot. My guess is both vehicles will be about even in a stop light drag. The C30’s T5 has more ponies, but the car is HEAVY and you feel it. Interior wise the Volvo is either boring or stylish depending on your personal preferences. Like the Mini and the Abarth, the Volvo is a touch more upscale then a Hyundai but your choices in turbo hatchbacks (my fav) is really limited these days. The C30 doesn’t even register on 95% of the populations radar which is one of the reasons my wife loves hers.

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    This is priced very well and should be competitive with it’s rivals. I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the GTI as a competitor here as they seem similar on paper. Another turbo hatch in the game is another option. I like options.

    That being said, I would prefer the more understated styling offered by a GTI or C30.

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    The Veloster is Hyundai’s ugly car. Adding a turbo doesn’t help in that department.

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    Hyundai has definitely jumped into a messy arena. You’ve got everything from the aforementioned Euro compacts to the Civic Si, Scion FR-S, V6 mustang, Focus, Mazda3, GTi, and even the Veloster’s bigger brother Genesis 2.0t to consider for $2k more. The Veloster definitely has everyone beat on fuel economy. Like you guys say, question is where it will fall in the fun to drive rankings.

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    204HP? Really? Why even bother with the turbo? The 2.4GDI has 200HP. Disappointing for sure, unless it has some huge torque number that everyone is missing.

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    Yay! 23K for limp steering and Hyundai’s patented pulls-to-the-left front end.

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    I would pass on this even as a Hyundai fan, I drive a 2012 Accent SE.
    I am only 5 feet 6 and it makes me constraphobic in there. I have zero reason to believe a lot of people will buy this over a GTI which is not much more money. I see serious discounts on the way.

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      I don’t know what “constraphobic” means, but the Veloster is, and feels, very roomy inside, particularly with the panoramic roof.

      It’s a mistake to compare cabins between the Accent and the Veloster. They are completely different!

      I think the MINI and the Veloster are very comparable in this area. Both are much more capacious inside than it would appear from the exterior.

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    Completely not interested until they fix that ugly grille.

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    ah yes, a cheap, fast, hungry guppy that is more than kind of ugly.

    at this point i am not interested but sometimes that changes as a car grows on me. have to see.

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    I’m thoroughly enjoying my Fiat Abarth. Check ’em out, if you’re in the market for a fun car that will hold its value.

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