Just in case you want a recap or can’t watch the video, here’s a summary.
The Hyundai Veloster is a good-looking, feature-packed hatchback coupé with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an extra door for backseat passengers – not to mention a bigger boot than one would suspect. The backseat can fit two adults and while headspace is adequate, legroom is ample. Plus, there are two cup holders for the passengers in the back. It also has to be said that for a hatch coupé, one gets very good visibility in the Veloster thanks to large side mirrors and a substantial glass area in the back.
Now, let’s get the downside out of the way. Although the suspension isn’t uncomfortable, the ride is a little bit unsettled on rough surfaces and it’s not as composed as certain competitors. One can expect a little bit of wind noise and tyre roar at motorway speeds. Also, the cabin quality, although modern, could do with an upgrade. A simple solution like soft touch plastics would do the trick. For more firepower, be on the lookout for the Veloster Turbo – coming soon.
Back to the good stuff! The distinctive dash and sporty steering wheel set the interior design apart from other Hyundai models. Despite its almost futuristic look, it has a logical control layout with light controls. Features one would expect include climate control, voice activated Bluetooth, and a colour touchscreen (a nice touch). Various storage spaces have also been built it to keep your cabin organised.
When it comes to driving, those behind the wheel can expect accurate, responsive steering, with hardly any body roll through the bends, plenty of grip, and an agile chassis. It’s also just a nice cruising car and the comfortable, supportive sports seats don’t hurt either.
Hyundai Veloster Models
1.6 GDi Manual – available from R294 900*
1.6 GDi Executive DCT – available from R314 900*.
*Prices as per February 2015. Subject to change.
103kW of Power and 167Nm of Torque at 4850 rpm.
The Veloster has the following to offer in terms of safety:
- 6 Airbags
- 5 Star Euro NCAP Rating
- ISOFIX Attachment Points
- Electronic Stability Control
- Dash & Side Protection Beams, Room Beams & Side Pillar Beams
Go on – take one for a spin! Book a test drive.