Value for Money, Practicality, Style, Ease of Use and Fuel Economy. Not words usually associated with the latest neck-snapping road machine. Until now.
The new Hyundai Veloster is a very unique car with both the styling that will get you noticed while not compromising easy ingress/egress from the rear like most coupes. With it’s very different 2+1 door setup from one side it’s a sexy coupe and the other a functional hatch.
Value for money is one of the Veloster’s strongest points with tons of standard fare including 18″ Alloy Wheels, 7″ Touchscreen with 450w Dimension Audio System, Bluetooth Phone and Audio Streaming, Rear Deck Spoiler, LED Daytime Running Lights and Taillights and that’s just the base model! Step up to the “Veloster +” you then get a full Panoramic Sunroof thrown in, Smart Keyless Entry with Push Button Start, Leather interior, Information Display system and a different set of Alloys.
As far as the engine goes, the 1.6L GDi powerplant resting under the bonnet doesn’t convey the sporty exterior of the car with 103kw on par with most standard hatches and sedans on the market. If power is your thing, you best wait for the Turbocharged version heading this way around mid-year. Also, the claimed 6.4L/100km is very optimistic, with general driving duties ending up around 7.6L/100km due to having to wring the engine to get the car moving comfortably. Suspension is taken care of by independent McPherson struts which do a surprisingly good job of retaining ride comfort while still being stiff enough to enjoy a long winding road. Unfortunately the rear end of the car jitters over bumps and potholes.
All in all, a fantastic and very affordable stylish hatch/coupe but I will personally be trading in for the turbo when it arrives as the engine is one of the only sore points of the car.