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Mike Stevens | May, 19 2015 | 9 Comments

Hyundai’s extra-hot Veloster Raptor may be no closer to a production debut, but the regular range has come in for some significant upgrades.

Launching in Australia this week, the updated 2015 Veloster and Veloster SR Turbo bring tweaked suspension, a new transmission, cabin updates and a sharp new $29,990 price of entry at the turbocharged end.

That price, down from the $32,990 sticker the SR Turbo wore before today (which is up from the $31,990 it launched at in 2012), positions the hot-ish hatch against Toyota’s 86 Coupe and neatly below Mazda’s new $31,990 MX-5.

Opting for the cut-price turbo will see you go without a handful of items previously standard, however, including Flex Steer, satellite navigation, auto climate control, panoramic glass roof and powered door mirrors.

If you want those bits more than you need the savings, however, there’s now the $33,990 SR Turbo+ that keeps the deleted features and also adds heated/ventilated front seats.

In the cabin of all models, there’s new coloured seat belts and an updated instrument cluster design, along with contrast stitching to the steering wheel.

There’s also black upholstered pillars and headlining for leather-trimmed models, and redesigned seats for the turbo models.

Elsewhere, there’s new wheel designs and subtle styling changes to the grille, along with a new 'Blue Sprinter' colour option for turbo models.

 

New Auto, Tweaked Suspension

Headlining the technology changes is a new seven-speed dual-clutch auto, revealed with the international Veloster range in January.

Replacing the conventional six-speed auto that was available with the outgoing SR Turbo, the new shifter joins the six-speed dual-clutch unit already featured in the non-turbo models.

Hyundai promises a seven percent improvement in fuel consumption, now 7.1 l/100km, while the manual lists fuel use at 6.9 l/100km.

Handling should also be improved across the Veloster range, thanks to new chassis upgrades that include revised springs and dampers with new rebound stops, and a shortened anti-roll bar design to account for wider new 225/40 tyres (up from 215/40 R18).

Engine tunes remain unchanged for the new model year.

Driving the regular Veloster models is Hyundai's 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, offering 103kW at 6300rpm and 167Nm of torque at 4850rpm.

In the SR models, there's a turbocharged 1.6, delivering a far warmer 150kW at 6000rpm and 265Nm between 1750 and 4500rpm.

Manual and automatic options are again offered across the range, the auto adding a $2500 premium to each.

 

FEATURES

Veloster

  • Six airbags and five-star ANCAP rating
  • Hill-start Assist Control (auto-equipped cars only)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen with DivX, CD player and MP3 functionality
  • Premium audio system featuring 4 speakers, 2 tweeters, centre speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier
  • AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
  • Rear-view camera (integrated into touchscreen)
  • Rear parking assist system
  • 18-alloy wheels (two tone multi-spoke) with 225/40R18 tyres
  • Cloth/Leather-appointed seats
  • Premium steering wheel and gear knob
  • Front sports bucket seats
  • Height-adjustable driver’s front seat
  • Electric lumbar support (driver’s seat)
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls
  • Keyless entry with burglar alarm
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Front and rear passenger side power windows
  • One-touch window up/down on driver’s window incorporating anti-pinching safety feature
  • LED high mount stop lamp
  • LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors

Veloster + (in addition to Veloster features)

  • Leather-appointed seats
  • 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen Satellite Navigation with CD player, MP3 functionality and three-years HERE MapCare
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Proximity Smart Key with push-button start
  • Climate control air-conditioning with auto defog function
  • Supervision cluster with dot matrix centre display
  • Electric driver’s seat base slide and tilt
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Seat back pocket (passenger side only)
  • Fold-down sunglasses compartment in roof-mounted console
  • Luggage net

Veloster SR Turbo (in addition to Veloster +)

  • Upgraded sports body kit
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Proximity Smart Key with pushbutton start
  • Sports type Supervision cluster

Veloster SR Turbo + (in addition to Veloster SR Turbo)

  • 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen Satellite Navigation with CD player, MP3 functionality and three-years HERE MapCare
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Climate-control air-conditioning with auto defog function
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Flex Steer
  • Fold-down sunglasses compartment in roof-mounted console

The Veloster range remains the top-selling sports car in Australia in 2015, with 1158 year-to-date sales - with a roughly 50/50 split between turbo and non-turbo models - against 1087 for Toyota's 86 coupe.

The affordable sports-car landscape may soon get a serious shake-up, however, with Mazda's new $31,990 MX-5 due here from August.

 

PRICING (excludes on-road costs)

Naturally Aspirated

  • Veloster GDi - 6spd manual - $24,490
  • Veloster GDi - 6spd DCT auto - $26,990
  • Veloster+ GDi - 6spd manual - $29,490
  • Veloster+ GDi - 6spd DCT auto - $31,990

Turbocharged

  • Veloster SR Turbo - 6spd manual - $29,990
  • Veloster SR Turbo - 7spd DCT auto - $32,490
  • Veloster SR Turbo+ - 6spd manual - $33,990
  • Veloster SR Turbo+ - 7spd DCT auto - $36,490

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