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Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo bears the weight of being the first legitimate Korean performance car to hit the Australian market. As a result, it’s likely to be compared to everything from European hot-hatches to upcoming rear-wheel-drive coupe offerings from the Japanese.

Entering the hot-hatch segment is a tough gig. The Europeans have dominated it for as long as it has existed while the Koreans are only now beginning their journey. Although the continuing success that Hyundai has experienced over the past decade has been due to production of consistently well-priced and reliable vehicles, the performance sector is an entirely different kettle of fish – a place where buyers have completely different motivations.

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo will ultimately be compared with the likes of Volkswagen Polo and Golf GTI, upcoming Peugeot 208 GTi as well as the Renault Clio RS. That’s a tough battle as it is, without mentioning the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins or the legendary Subaru WRX, Mazda3 MPS and to an extent the Honda CR-Z, which are all in a relatively similar price bracket. So what makes this Korean hot-hatch any better than its incredibly refined and established competitors?

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

For an expected starting price of below $35,000 (official prices are yet to be confirmed for the Australian market), the turbocharged Veloster retails well above the Polo GTI ($27,290) but below its bigger brother, the Golf GTI ($38,990). The interior of the three-door Veloster (one door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side) is not Golf size but it’s also not as small as Polo. Rear-seat headroom is compromised by the slopping roofline but there is noticeably more leg and shoulder room than its light-sized hot-hatch rivals.

From the outside the Hyundai Veloster is certainly a unique proposition. While the Europeans generally grab one of their regular hatches and spice it up, the Veloster was built to be a sporty hatch from the start. The front view is an aggressive portrayal of the modern Hyundai face, thanks in part to the big hexagonal grille but also a result of the Audi-like daytime running lamps. From the rear though, it’s something completely different. You would almost expect individual designers were in charge of each end, but thankfully it seems to have come together rather well, creating a definite head-turner in a segment dominated by subtlety.

The two rather large centrally mounted exhaust pipes are accentuated by a huge black rear diffuser that is there simply to remind you this isn’t just a regular hatch. If a Volkswagen with a GTI badge appeals to you because of its understated nature, the Veloster Turbo simply isn’t for you. It’s much younger at heart, playful but aggressive in its appearance and certainly anything but subtle.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

On the inside the Veloster Turbo is very similar to its naturally aspirated variants. Modern, clean, well designed and with an upmarket look and feel. Our test car featured special leather sport seats with the word Turbo embedded, a slightly different interior colour and the addition of a standard sunroof. Otherwise it’s pretty much a similar story. We would have liked to see boost, engine and oil temperature gauges on the dash or just a little more differentiation from the standard car to give it that unique feel it so thoroughly deserves.

With the vehicle still a few months away from its anticipated arrival in Australian dealerships, CarAdvice headed to South Korea to drive a six-speed manual Korean-specification left-hand-drive Veloster Turbo around the green and mountainous countryside. Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the sporty Veloster produces 155kW of power and 265Nm of torque. That’s exactly same power output as the much larger 2.0-litre turbo found in the Golf GTI but 15Nm less torque. However, the Veloster Turbo happens to weigh roughly 100kg less (1270kg kerb weight) than its German competitor, which gives it a better power-to-weight ratio, which Hyundai claims is currently the best in its class.

This is surprising given the 0-100km/h dash takes 7.5 seconds when coupled to a six-speed automatic or around 7.8 seconds for the six-speed manual. Compare that to the Golf GTI’s 6.9 seconds for the same run (manual or DSG) and you start to wonder where the difference lies. Facts and figures aside, get behind the wheel and the Veloster Turbo feels just as quick as any comparably priced sports car on the market.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

In-gear acceleration is relentless with the factory-made turbo kicking in at around 2500rpm and pulling hard beyond 5000rpm. That addictive turbo-rush feel is abundant in every gear and is certain to put a smile on your face. Manual shifts are simple and smooth thanks to a clean and straightforward gearbox matched to a proper (not too light) clutch. The accelerator and brake pedal positions allow for easy heal-and-toe downshifts if the going starts to get serious.

Arguably the real thrill of owning a hot-hatch has never been about the 0-100km/h times that facilitate unnecessary drags at the lights, but the car’s cornering ability and the go-kart steering feel that thrills around winding roads. To be clear, the Veloster Turbo is certainly no Megane or Clio RS. There’s no comparison between this and Renault’s relentless pursuit of absolute direct steering perfection in its RS models. Although our test car was made for the Korean domestic market and therefore different to the upcoming Australian-delivered vehicles that get a unique suspension and steering tune, it’s unlikely Hyundai can outdo the Europeans in dynamic steering feel. But that’s not to say the Veloster lacks the traditional hot-hatch feel around the bends.

The interesting point here is that the new Hyundai i30 (which we also drove around the same roads) actually has better steering feel, thanks to a ‘flex-steer’ system that allows the driver to pick between three different driving modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Unfortunately this feature is not available in the Veloster range.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

Up through Korea’s hilly and twisty countryside, we found our Veloster Turbo could obliterate both sharp and winding corners. The process is simple: flatten the accelerator to the floor as you head hot into a corner, jab the brakes to transfer weight to the front for better grip (and reduction in speed if necessary), turn the wheel smoothly but quickly in the direction of travel and enjoy the G-forces on your body as the car grips hard into the bend, find the optimal grip position and bring the power back on smoothly. Do this enough times and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how far the Koreans have come in improving their cars’ ride and handling.

The Veloster’s front-wheel-drive set-up isn’t as well tamed as its European rivals (the Kumho Solus tyres, 215/40R18, also leave room for improvement), but there’s hardly any torque steer out of corners. The electronic nanny controls tend to come in when the going gets rough but not in an intrusive fashion. It’s a far cry from a WRX in how much speed it can carry out of a corner, given the lack of all-wheel drive, but it’s fair to say that it goes just as hard as a Golf GTI.

Unfortunately no automatic models were available for evaluation and we were disappointed to find out that the naturally aspirated version’s dual-clutch transmission has been downgraded to a six-speed automatic due to the Turbo’s significantly higher torque output.

Hyundai hasn’t gone the extra step of starting a family performance badge to back up the Veloster Turbo (e.g. GTI, RS, XR, R, AMG, etc), which suggests the likelihood of i20, i30 or even i40 performance variants are unlikely in the short- to medium-term. This leaves the Veloster Turbo as the company’s performance flagship until the next-generation Genesis Coupe becomes available in right-hand-drive in a few years’ time. That’s a lot of responsibility for a brand new car.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review
Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

Thankfully though, the Veloster Turbo is an admirable starting point for the Korean giant. It has more than enough power to be classified as a hot-hatch, it corners with ease, it’s sporty in its driving dynamics and is certain to be very competitively priced. Let’s not forget that it’s likely to come equipped with a huge array of standard features, which will put its European competitors to shame.

Overall, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo presents an excellent choice for a first-time or veteran hot-hatch buyer. It’s fast, smooth, simple to drive and comes with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty. It may not have the pedigree of its European rivals, but if the company’s track record is anything to go by, this is just the beginning of a new onslaught.

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  • Altezza

    Veloster turbo weights 100kg less than GTI but the GTI betters the 0-100km/h acceleration (6.9 secs vs 7.5secs), I think it makes sense now that the GTI’s 30nm more torque advantage than Veloster turbo and the ratios in transmission which makes GTI faster. The only two factors GTI can’t match over Veloster Turbo is the cool styling factor and the pricing.

    • Karl Sass

      Yep I reckon the ratios are different. The GTI seems like more of a point-to-point car than the V, which seems slightly more cruisey.

    • Phil

      Well the Citroen DS3 Sport can match the Veloster turbo for styling and its about $5000 cheaper. The DS3 is well down on power – 40KW and 25NM less, yet its still faster to 100kmh (7.3 secs). It is a little smaller though.

      • Adam

        Agreed, Phil, and the DS3 is almost 10% more fuel efficient than the Veloster. 

      • Phunken

        But unfortunately the DS3 is a french made car so I steer away from it, yes i used to owned a C4 so i can tell you that quality/reliabilty is rubbish. Styling and design is what got me but after 3 yrs of bad ownership experience steer clear of euro, scared for life. (6 warrenty claim plus mechanical failure after a $2500 major 90k service sealed its fate)

    • Smart US

       Hyundai does not need sales momentum on Oz market – Velosters are sold out in all the markets – the allocation for Oz is not dramatic – more to that is – that dealers pays certain money to factory – same money pays US, UK etc… so they dont care who takes them – + RHD makes it a bit dearer… every dealer OZ is inflating price maybe close to 80% profit – thats why they can later drop $5k off the retails price – like Honda new pricing

    • F1orce

      The GTI has a bigger engine and more torque.

      Overall the Veloster is a much better ‘all-rounder’ car.

  • Pauly

    Will we see Sat Nav fitted to the Veloster soon?

  • Daniel

    I really like this car. I’d never buy one, but I’m glad it exists and is on the market. Hyundai do a good job I think, so kudos to them for releasing a risky design/concept. 

  • Noddy

    Four stars? I saw that coming before I read the review.

  • Sharka

    I agree with Pauly. Is Sat Nav going to be included with the Velosters later in the year? There was talk from some Car Sales Reviewers that we will. Car Advice can you confirm?

  • Able

    Does the Korean-spec have xenons? Stuff sat-nav, the standard touch-screen audio is good enough, I’d like xenons with my Veloster Turbo!

  • Shak

    Why is Sat Nav such a big issue for some posters on this site? I see it brought up every time a Hyundai product is reviewed. Yes i understand that a lot of their products dont offer it, but how often would you really use it anyways? Most people will just drive their cars to work and back and then to the shops on the odd occasion. And besides a lot of people out there own smartphones now and almost all of them come with a free map/navigation app. Why bother with factory sat nav when it’ll probably cost upwards of $1500 and will still require you to purchase map updates in the future?

    • Sumpguard

         I agree entirely and don’t understand the motoring journalist’s general obsession with it. I have a free app on my Galaxy S which I have needed just once in the 12 months since I bought my sportage. I understand it is $500 in the new one but yes some manufacturers charge thousands just so buyers can feel a little closer to inspector gadget!!

    • Paulsciacca

       Sat Nav is not an ISSUE.

      However the Veloster in every country overseas comes with Sat Nav fitted AS STANDARD EQUIPMENT.

      So keeping that in mind, if the car comes with it as standard equipment, alot of people would hardly say no.

      • Guest

        problem is you and I might not like it but many people will want all their toys and having a big LCD screen in the middle of the dash with NO satnav option is odd isn’t it?

        if people want to pay for it, surely Kia are dumb for not offering it

        • Sumpguard

            I think you mean Hyundai? It is now available in the Optima and Sportage.

      • TG

        Actually Pauly, rather than being not an issue, factory sat nav is fast becoming irrelevant altogether. Aftermarket integration that mirrors Android/iPhone screens to factory LCD screens are going to be a big thing in the next couple of years.

        • Golfschwein

          Yes, the standard fitment or easy availability of sat-nav is shaping up as something that will bypass Australians altogether, and all because of a perceived lack of need and exhorbitant option pricing. So many cars have been sold here over the years with just a simple electronic display (or nothing, sometimes) in a large rectangle. Nissan 350Z springs to mind, as does the Holden Vectra, where Holden couldn’t oblige even if you got yourself a CDX.

          I, too, use my android phone in its HTC-made windscreen holder. Consuela, the only voice available, grates but she gets me to where I’m going three to four times a week. Low cost integration, as already being championed by Mercedes, Renault and Volkswagen to varying degrees, is already here and it will be very exciting to see how it unfolds over the next 2 years.

  • William

    The styling will be out of date in say 4 years while the “clean”GTI will still have its appeal. Korean cars are overstyled as evidenced by their dahsboard and exterior appearances. Better buy the golf anytime if its reliability can be improved.

    • bd

      Uhm, you do know that Kia is Korean as well; and Kia has a design language that is polar opposite of Hyundai.

      Plus, Mercedes design language going forward will be more like Hyundais.

    • Robin_Graves

      In 4 years the GTI will be crushed and recycled into a soup can because the driveline has crapped out and costs more than the cars worth to fix.

      • Bobban

         VW haters gonna hate.

    • Edward

      I own a UK Civic Type R, and i still get a lot of compliments on the looks today. Ranging from everyday pedestrians to car mechanics that work on my car. The only reason i havent sold it yet is because it still has that visual wow factor even after 5 years of ownership. My next car will be a Veloster, but i suspect my car will still delight for another 2 years before it feels dated. Not bad for a design that is 6 years old now.

      My point here is that its normal for a car to maintain its visual appeal throughout its life even if it is styled radically. The Veloster seems to have a good chance to maintain its appeal, but only time will tell.

      End of the day, advocating conservative styling to potential Veloster buyers is missing the point on many levels anyway.

    • Phunken

      Not everyone want a staled bland design. Yes i know it signifiy classy and elegant but for a “sport” car i want it to be a bit fun and have soul. Yes the Veloster is messy and contrived compare to conventional cars but people can always get a Golf for a more relax look. I’m excited for the adventurous OTT design, Veloster is on my next upgrade list just for it bonker individualistic and comfident design. 

    • Bavarianregent

      The GTI is hitlers revenge!

  • Dominique Vøn Hütch

    Sweet car.  Kia just need to bring out the Optima turbo.

  • Scoot

    I drove past a Veloster last night and made me look twice. It looks great in the metal. Well done Hyundai

  • save it for the track

    No engine or oil temperature gauges in a vehicle being touted as a ‘hot hatch’? At the very least there should be an engine temp gauge. The only redeeming feature I can see is that it appears to have a handbrake. Unlike the foot mounted and electronic button rubbish that are starting to crop up. (VF Commodore rumoured to have electronic park brake….) As for satnav, factory systems are overrated, cumbersome, and hardly as good as even a basic Navman or the like, and expensive to keep updated.

  • Kaas

    35K retail?
    so around 40-41K drive away?

    The Renault Megane RS250 is 41K retail and 45K drive away….

    why not the extra 4 grand…. and you have a car that is worth more after a couple of years, more sought after, faster, better cabin space, better looking?

    • Sharka

      Its not 35K retail. The head of Hyundai Australia has said it will be priced below $35,000. How far below $35,000 is unknown until September/October this year.

      Looking at the Veloster line up:

      Veloster = $23,990
      Veloster + = $27,990
      Veloster Turbo = $31,990?

      +$2000 for Automatic
      + $395 for Metallic Paint

      + Dealer Delivery
      + Stamp Duty
      + Rego

      Remember the Veloster sits in a very odd part of the market. Its not the size of your normal hot hatch (Golf, Focus, 3, Lancer, Renault, Subaru, etc). However its larger then your subcompact hot hatches (Polo, Cleo, 208, etc).

      Keeping that in mind for a moment. Pricing it around $32,000 has it just above Polo GTI price (as it comes with ALOT more standard equipment). But it doesnt go near Hot Hatch royalty where the GTI, ST, MPS, WRX sit.

      Once you add your dealer delivery, stamp duty, rego it will be around $34,000 and once you add automatic its around $36,000. Obviously excluding any deals you can manage with the dealer.

      Time will tell.

      • Pauly

        I can guarentee that Hyundai Australia will be looking very closely at how Toyota price the GT-86.

        Toyota Australia have said the price will start with a ’3′.

        If the rumored price of mid/late $30,000 is correct then that is very close to what drive away price people of Veloster will be paying.

        With all the hype of GT-86, it is something Hyundai will want to avoid.

        They are being pulled on all sides here:

        - Cannot be priced like hot hatch royalty (GTI, MPS, WRX wrx)
        - Cannot be priced like a subcompact hot hatch (its bigger and has more standard kit)
        - Cannot be priced too close to GT-86 and BRZ (loss of sales due to how much hype is behind these cars)
        - Cannot be priced too low, as they need to make profit off them.

        I would say the $31,990 starting price would be a good place.

      • Reckless1

        Below $35000 means $34990.

        You guys are dreaming if you think it will be $31990.

        The pattern with the Koreans over the last 5 or 6 years has been to release new models (ever better) and increase their prices.

      • OSU811

        The current top of the range plus auto is around $34,000 drive away! so The turbo will be at least $38k drive away in the manual, I believe we wont get the auto in OZ initially at least!

      • Luke Brinsmead

        The hot hatch royalty list does not include the MPS, Top Gear thinks “it’s truly awful.”

        • http://twitter.com/Denzo_Kay Dennis Koustoubardis

          Hey mate not sure if you’ve driven one, but the MPS 3 goes very hard for what it is. My Mrs has one so i get to have a go here and there (she loved the look  – its alright :) ).

          Ive driven and owned a few cars, currently just a Golf R heavily modded, had 4 of the WRXs (99, 03,09 etc) and a 450HP Skyline, and drove my mates 370Z and MX5, also driven a couple of stripped rally cars (EVO and STI), a few $$$ Euros, and my mates awesome XR6 with way too much power to mention.

          The MPS does torque steer, if you dont hold on, but wrestle the wheel and it the front diff helps the tires grab and propel you forward to exactly where you want to go. At first it seems daunting, but once you have had time with the car (and built up the ttrust!) you can really get it humming along very nicely for a $45K car.

        • AMG63

          Are u serious mate.  Tell Top Gear to grow a set and learn how to manhandle the 3MPS. Dennis K has got it right.  You on the other hand watch too much TV.

        • 3D4

          TopGear? Really? Must be true then….LOOOOL

          • 3D4

            *truth (sorry)

  • Blair Waldorf

    If it’s priced at $32-34,000 it will have a hard time gaining traction in the market. At this price it will compete with the dynamically brilliant Polo GTI, which is hampered by being auto only (why VW?), the also dynamically brilliant DS3 Sport, the old school hot hatch style Abarth 500 SS, the dynamically average but still interesting Alfa Mito and the Clio, the CR-Z and eventually the Toyota GT86 etc. The Veloster is still ultimately a Hyundai, its badge hasnt got any street cred, its styling is a tad too loud and probably wont age as well as European designs, and it’s not the quickest in its class. Like most Hyundai’s it will probably end up relying on lots of standard kit, discounted pricing and cheap running costs to get sales. I’m not a fan of it & i know i wont be popular on here for saying so as everyone here seems to kiss Hyundai’s rear end.

    • Guest

      i would agree with you at that money… however there’s only one real determinant and that’s monthly sales and it seems to be that the Veloster is finding an audience

      i don’t see how a loaded auto turbo Veloster that is pushing over $35k is anywhere like good value

      • Legnab

        Correct  highway cruiser for the posers , the old FWD celica , girly car look , and it will attract those who like to think its a ” drivers car ” .

        This look will date very quickly like all hundia/kia cars .

    • bd

      Uhm, the CR-Z looks like shop-vac and isn’t exactly “quick.”

      And Hyundai actually is discounting less than Nissan, Toyota and Honda these days in most markets (which is why Hyundai has the best margins in the industry after BMW).

  • OSU811

    This will be a BIG seller! bargain genuine looking and performance sports car!

    • Phil

      How is it a performance sports car?

      The base model has the 0-100km time of Toyota Corolla while this turbo model is barely any faster than a Toyota Camry Hybrid!

      • Robin_Graves

        So what exactly do you call a FT-86 then? 

        • bd

          Nevermind the Miata/MX-5.

        • F1

          If you had the slightest knowledge about cars then you would know that the Toyota FT-86 possesses the fundamental principles of a sports car..

          • Robin_Graves

            Except…..  Its too gutless.  Buy a dedicated sports coupe and get blown away at the lights by a rep in a 3.0 Crummydore.  The main benefit of a RWD sports car is power oversteer.  When the engine is too whimpy to even turn the tyres, you have to start doing silly things to shift the balance back to oversteer instead of relying on torque out of the corner.  The japs got it right back in 1969 with the 240Z, how they can release such a clayton’s sportscar with the FT-86 is beyond me.  And before anyone starts carrying on about modding with turbo’s etc, some people want a fast car that doesnt break down or overheat in traffic.  This Veloster is not aimed at the same demographic as the FT-86 but it does a lot better job than the anaemic FT-86 which is crying out for a turbo.  Just watch that promo ‘drift’ video of the FT-86 at release, copious amounts of handbrake and clutch kicking just to get the tail out, what a shame.

          • F1

            The Ft-86 will destroy the Veloster in any situation, Japs & German performance numbers are often understated..

            The Camry will give the velostrer a run for its money, Aurion will smoke it..

          • Robin_Graves

            Are you serious? The only thing an FT-86 will be destroying in its current form is the skin on a rice pudding – just. 205Nm might be OK in a lightweight Lotus but the way it is at the moment its just another Paseo.  A Camry will give an FT-86 a run for its money and an Aurion will smoke one.  What’s your point?  Like I said before the Veloster and FT-86 are aimed at a different market. For the Veloster’s market 0-100 in the 7s will be more than enough.  For a dedicated sports coupe?  Ouch.  Neither of these cars can be classed as a ‘performance’ car – I agree with you there.

          • Ollygt

             Strange I can get the 86 to flip its tail out just fine without clutch kicking or handbrake yanking, and the last time a commodore tried to keep up around the corner he slewed 180 degrees.  Then again if you can only get the tail out on rear wheel drive cars with a lot of low down torque then you haven’t quite got the concept of drifting as opposed to mashing power slides.

          • Robin_Graves

            That’s because the tyres on the ft86 look like pizza cutters. Its the only way it can oversteer. It would be such an awesome little car with a turbo but right now its just too slow and too weak. 

        • Phil

          “OSU811″ claimed this Veloster was a “genuine” “Performance sports car”

          I repeat….”PERFORMANCE sports car”……..[capitals added this time to help slow people].

          With acceleration times of ordinary cars, neither the Veloster, MX5 or the Toyota 86 are “PERFORMANCE” sports cars.
          Basic sports cars maybe….”PERFORMANCE” sports car no.

  • carl

    Seen 3 regular Veloster today, i’m really impress by the look of it. Smaller than what i expected.

  • William

    People buy this so called “performance” coupe for power, handling, look etc. At 35K Hyundai is damn greedy. Better spend your money on XR5 turbo, more power, more torque and sure the 5 cylinder volvo powertrain has withstood the test of time. Alternatively fork out an extra 5K and yo get Mazda 3 MPS with lots more power, lots more torque, lots more room, more practical and MAZDA name which should have a better resale than this Korean pretend. Another alternative is WRX with AWD, lots more power, lots more torque and lots more traction. Hyundai you are GREEDY.

    • JooberJCW

       Greedy is when buyers are pressured to purchase the Veloster at whatever price Hyundai put it. Theres clearly alternatives you mentioned. Probably the more appropriate word is  ‘Wishful’, if people clearly do not see the justification of that price, they’ll go elsewhere.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Alborz, the countryside looks familiar, which part of Korea?

  • Luke Brinsmead

    It’s probably one of the most genuinely interesting cars to come out in the last couple of years. I like the outside appearance more so than the inside – it needs some more subtle sporting references.

  • HSRboy

    Isnt the Swift Sport faster and cheaper than this? 

  • Gmail

    All hyundais are slow, they have impressive paper performance & consumption etc but in real world they’re just sub-par cars.

    Also not they’re cheap and they don’t even come with class leading kit etc not to mention the bad resale value and design

    • JooberJCW

      Only model I can only say I agree towards is my Parents 2011 Elantra, rated 7.1 but we are averaging more like 8.1-8.5 and thats with so called ‘eco’ driving.

      Though it did offer decent kit for the premium model at the given price,

    • Robin_Graves

      Stick to seppo politics SAL.

  • c1ee

    It’s good to see more coverage of this car as I think it’s fantastic and I’m pretty keen on getting one. But why is this marked as a ‘review’? It’s not out in Australia yet, and you tested this car in Korea. I know in this industry it’s all about getting the story out there before the competition, but please stop calling this a review. It’s not. It’s more like a preview. Same for the santa fe (p)review

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      It’s over 1000 words, we drove it over 750km and its all about the car and the only difference between this and the AUS version will be suspension setup for our roads (on which we didn’t drive it on). I think that’s reasonable claim for a review.

  • William

    No point buying this sissy sports coupe. Spend your money on XR5 or stretch a little bit and but the C30 T5, I am sure you can bargain with Volvo. It’s roomier, more prestige a brand, potentially better resale, can accommodate your family, more torque, 9% more power (169 Kw) etc tec. volvo power output quote is always modest (read: underquote) so FORGET this Korean Crap.

    • Dave


      The last LV XR5 were by far the best value of money hatch in the country – and the xr5 was highly underrated across its lifecycle. 

      Cant wait for the new ST to be released….  


    No $$turbo$$ cr4p. I’d rather in place of the snail 1.6, they should put in a 2.4 or at least a 2.0.

  • klowik

    I’d rather take the upcoming FT-86 or BRZ. I expect they both have less depreciation than the Veloster!!

  • Guest

    i know for a fact this car will retail at 32k. hearing VW fanboys cry is tragic.

    • Dominique Vøn Hütch

      Have a look at carsales, hard to get the non turbo model driveaway (retail) for that price.

      • Guest

        I wasn’t stating the drive away price for the Turbo. The RRP set by Hyundai for the non turbo is 23990 and 27990 for the +, what dealers do to inflate that price is another matter. The RRP for the Turbo is 32k. 

        • the_truth

          The dealer fees arent to inflate the price, the RRP is the price of the car regardless of where it is, the drive-away price depends on a number of factors as it includes different factors such as delivery (varies depending on where you are as well as the value of the car as it includes a large amount of insurance and compliance costs), Third-party insurance (dependent on specific car, and driver), Registration (again depends on state) and government charges which again vary state to state (NSW is 3% stamp duty, WA has 6.5% license fee etc.)

          I have worked at dealerships around the country and the on road costs are mostly legal expenses or fees that have to be paid to various people depending on the car and state you are in. The reason the on road price varies so much from RRP is because RRP is designed to be a blanket price for the whole country on which all the government fees and charges are based.

  • Noura

    well how much CC is that car ???!!!!

    • Guest

       1.6 Turbo. 155kw 255nm

  • Charlie

    Just thought all you “experts” on price might to know I have just purchased the manual turbo for $31,200 including all on road costs……and I am very happy with the value for money!! 

  • Ollygt

    Test drove one, the straight line performance is good and the feature list is huge, but Hyundais still all suffer from a vagueness in steering and  suspension that isn’t quite right especially when you start getting twisty.  They’ll get it eventually but the Veloster just doesn’t feel well balanced, preferred the 86 in terms of handling and less cluttered with features I neither want nor would use.   My brother agreed and bought the 86 instead.