2018 Hyundai Veloster
- 21st May 2018 by SGDriver
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Two petrol engines are available: a 138bhp 1.6-litre and a 184bhp 1.6-litre turbo. The lower-powered unit is gutsy but not particularly quick, and you need to rev the engine hard to get the best from it. The turbo is brisk, with good low-down pull and a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds.
The Veloster runs out of grip early, and you get little warning that the front tyres are about to let go due to the remote steering. It’s a pity, because the Hyundai actually responds quickly to steering inputs and stays flat through the corners. The ride is firm on the standard car and firmer still on the Turbo, which has stiffer suspension and 18inch alloys. Both are uncomfortable at low speeds – even if you opt for the smallest (17-inch) alloys.
The Veloster isn’t as quiet as other coupés. The engines become rowdy when worked hard, and because they’re both fairly inflexible, that tends to be most of the time. A fair amount of wind and road noise also enters the cabin at speed.
The cabin materials are mostly hard to the touch, but they don’t feel cheap or flimsy. That said, the Veloster’s interior isn’t as classy as a Vauxhall Astra GTC’s or a VW Scirocco’s. As with every Hyundai, you get a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, although the Korean manufacturer’s reliability record is no better than average.
Anyone over about 5ft 10in will want to steer clear of Sport trim, because this brings a standard panoramic glass roof that eats into front headroom. Things are much better in the standard model, and there’s a good range of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel. A seven-inch touch-screen provides a central hub for controlling the audio and Bluetooth systems, but the menus on this aren’t especially clear.
The Veloster’s single rear door means getting into the back isn’t as tricky as it is in other coupés. You won’t be comfortable back there if you’re over about 5ft 6in, though, because your head will be wedged against the steeply angled rear screen. The boot is a decent size, although the large lip makes it difficult to load heavy items.
All Velosters come with alloys, climate control, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth. Go for Sport trim and you’ll get larger alloys, heated leather seats, keyless entry, cruise control and a panoramic glass roof.