Hyundai's quirky-cool Veloster four-door sportster is now on sale in Australia, priced from $23,990 for the entry-level manual variant and $27,990 for the Veloster + model.
It also comes in double-clutch DCT versions (Hyundai's own version of DSG) which add a $2000 premium.
The Australian launch of the Veloster follows its international unveiling at last year's Detroit Auto Show. The top-shelf Turbo variant, which appeared in Detroit just last month, has also been confirmed for a local debut later this year.
Setting the Veloster apart from the usual suspects is its unusual 2+1 door configuration: On the driver's side (the 'road' side), there is just one regular door. That's normal enough - if the Veloster were a normal coupe.
Move around to the passenger side however, and you'll find a second door behind the front, providing easier access to the rear seats. Viewed only from that angle, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Veloster is a sporty five-door hatch.
Note: TMR will be attending the media launch of the Veloster next week. Watch for our 'first drive' review.
In both Veloster and Veloster + form, Hyundai's new sports car is powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 103kW at 6300rpm and 166Nm of torque at 4850rpm.
Both versions of the Veloster are available with either a six-speed manual transmission, or Hyundai's new six-speed DCT transmission. Fuel consumption for both transmissions is listed at 6.4 l/100km.
Hyundai says the Veloster will hit 100km/h in 9.7 seconds, putting it on par with Honda's smaller (but slightly less powerful, at 91kW) CR-Z sports car.
That's not buckets of go, but at a smidge under $24k, it'll do fine for the Veloster's target buyer. Those looking for more guts will need to hang out for the upcoming 155kW Turbo variant, which should hit closer to a Golf GTI-rivalling 6.5 to 7.0 seconds.
Hyundai says we can expect a properly sporting drive from its new front-wheel-drive coupe-hatch, with a lightweight V-torsion beam rear suspension arrangement, a 23mm stabiliser bar and sports-tuned electric power steering.
Externally, the entry-level Veloster features 18-inch alloy wheels, daytime-running lights and dusk-sensing headlights, along with LED indicators integrated into the side mirrors.
Inside, you'll find a seven-inch touchscreen with a rear-view camera and a DivX and MP3-compatible CD player, along with USB, iPod and auxiliary audio connectivity.
The audio system offers four speakers, a centre speaker, two tweeters, sub-woofer and external amplifier as standard. Cruise control is also standard, along with steering-mounted controls.
The interior is finished with modern metallic-look accents around the centre console, door handles, air vents and gear stick.
The standard sports bucket seats are trimmed in a cloth/leatherette combination, and there's a "premium" steering wheel and gear shift knob.
Move up to the top-shelf Veloster + variant, and you'll pick up colour inserts in the 18-inch alloy wheels, along with a panoramic glass sunroof with a motorised sunblind, a push-button ignition and a proximity smart key.
The Veloster + also adds heated and folding external mirrors, automatic climate control, powered driver's seat base (recline is still manual), and leather/leatherette combo seat trim.
Standard safety features across the Veloster range include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-skid Braking Systemn (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist System (BAS). Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) is standard on DCT models.
The Veloster carries a 5 Star ANCAP safety rating in Australia.
Intelligent seat belt reminders are fitted to both front seats. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.
- Veloster 1.6 GDI - six-speed manual - $23,990
- Veloster 1.6 GDI - six-speed double-clutch auto - $25,990
- Veloster + 1.6 GDI - six-speed manual - $27,990
- Veloster + 1.6 GDI - six-speed double-clutch auto - $29,990
Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.