Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

An Inventive Package Delivers Bang for Sporting Buck

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

An Inventive Package Delivers Bang for Sporting Buck

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PORCELAIN within the Hyundai headquarters restrooms must be wilted. There has been some heavy thinking going on lately.

The world's fastest growing automotive brand has a manta promising fresh philosophies and new possibilities.

We've seen that innovative approach flow through with a afluidic designa language that is speaking volumes across the range and now there's a specific sporty offshoot. Blending the appeals of coupe and hatch, the Veloster has arrived.

Attractive from just about every angle, Hyundai is making a big play for the Gen Y market with smart pricing and an impressive list of tech-savvy standard gear on the base model. And even the name sounds fast.

Given the sub-$30,000 price for the range-topping Veloster, it was interesting that Hyundai chose the affluent, expensive, five star Palazzo Versace (where pilfering a pool towel will cost you $185) for its official launch recently..

It seems style comes at a price... yet the Veloster is a bargain.

Comfort

CLASSY and well finished, the cabin is far from cheap and cheerful. Some hard plastics have been used but with modern flair a even on the groovy triangular door handles.

Designers said they used a motorcycle tank as their inspiration for the centre stack, and it has provided the foundation for a layout that is functional and also manages to look good.

Telescopic steering wheel adjustment enables the driver to find a comfortable position, while there are various seat setting changes available (electric in the Veloster +).

Cabin space is good for a coupe. Those much over 185cm may find things tight for head room. It can get challenging for taller folk in the back, although leg room is reasonable, as long as those in the front don't take up too much real estate, while the hatch glass also extends above the back passengers' heads.

Getting into the back is made easier by the two doors on the passenger side.

All four seats have good support in the right places, while the leather-wrapped steering wheel feels good in your hands. The operations for cruise and audio controls are also mounted on the wheel for easy access.

On the road

AUSTRALIAN tuning has armed the Veloster with a sporting bent we've not seen before from Hyundai.

The steering feels well weighted, the suspension manages to soak up lumps and bumps well, with only some nasty mid-corner pot holes causing some bottoming out (not that the best from Europe would have done much better).

Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre direct injection four cylinder that feels more responsive than its statistics indicate. While the 0-100kmh sprint time is about 10 seconds, the Veloster feels lively and responsive.

Its performance would exceed expectations for the majority of drivers. There is some road rumble once you are on the highway and get above 80kmh, yet below that things are quiet. …

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