Well now, 2 doors on the one side and only one on the other? Yes, you are seeing right and yes, it’s supposed to be like that. You see, Hyundai has just freshened up the segment with a 2+1 combo. The rear passenger doors open to the safe side of the road, while the driver has a sleek long coupe appearance on their side.
At the heart of the Veloster is a 103kw engine mated to Hyundai’s first 6 speed dual clutch transmission. On first glances, it’s pretty smooth and I salute them for going this route instead of CVT. You can also pop the gearshift to manual mode and stir the gears as you wish, however it will upshift for you as soon as you reach peak power.
The interior, which has been styled rather sportily, features a black/silver alu-type theme throughout. The dash is soft touch and the multifunction steering wheel holds your buttons for the audio system, hands free and cruise control. You can also cycle through the trip computer from there. The sporty leather seats offer good comfort and some lateral support. While they aren’t bucket-like, they do feel well made and are strikingly designed. Don’t forget how great that Veloster logo looks imprinted on them, too.
In the arches you have a set of lovely 18inch alloys wrapped in a 215/40 rubber. They are connected to the body via a McPherson strut front setup and a totally new torsion beam rear setup. The spare is a space saver though, to compliment the rather generous 440l of boot space.
From the safety side of things, the Veloster is kitted out with Anti-lock braking, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Vehicle Stability Management and Active Yaw Control. Driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags are all standard. There are also crumple zones located in the front and the back areas of the car.
The audio system supports Radio, Cd, Mp3, Bluetooth and also has a USB jack. This is controlled by the 7inch LCD screen which feeds the 8speaker setup, including sub-woofer, via a little amplifier.
The Veloster is really something which is here to freshen up our roads. The unconventional 2+1 door setup is basically unheard of, but somehow it pulls it off. The Veloster looks like it’s going fast even when standing still, but is a slight let down in the acceleration department. 0-100kph is claimed at 10.3 seconds with a top speed of 200km/h. The claimed fuel consumption is 8.4l/100km, but we averaged 7.1l/100km while driving carefully.
As with all of the current Hyundai’s, there is a 5 year, 150 000km warranty with roadside assistance, 5 year, 160 000km perforation warranty and a 5 year, 90 000km service plan. Services are scheduled every 15 000km
For more info check out Hyundai.co.za
Hyundai Veloster Prices
Veloster 1.6 Manual – R265 900
Veloster 1.6 Dual Clutch – R282 900