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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
He says Darren Moody Hyundai Veloster+ Ihad a bit of fun with the Veloster, not all of it driv ing – Veloster attracted plenty of interest, with quite a few people asking me what make it was. Some were surprised to hear it was a Hyundai, but comments were all positive on the design. Then I asked them to have a closer look at each side and tell me what they saw. None picked the three-door design difference. I asked them to open the left-side rear door, mission accomplished – but there was a fair amount of head scratching when they looked for the door on the right side. While I applaud Hyundai for daring to be different, this design should have remained a two-door coupe. Access to the right rear seat requires an awkward slide across from the left. Rear-seat headroom is severely compromised to the point that there is a warning sticker for closing the rear hatch! But either way, they have created interest in the car – and I’ve just devoted two paragraphs to the subject. On the road, the 103kW 1.6L direct injection engine is a solid performer in the mid-range although a little light-on for torque. The slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission gives you plenty of ratio options to match engine characteristics. I also had an opportunity to drive the Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT) automatic with paddle shifters and I was impressed. This is an in-house development and a good first-up effort from Hyundai. It comes as a $2000 option. Fuel consumption for me was always around 7L/100km, 0.6L higher than the official figure, despite a fair bit of country r unning. Steer ing was nicely-weighted with the ride sporty-fir m. The limitations of the torsion beam rear suspension were evident across larger bumps, with the back end of the Veloster lurching sideways, causing the stability control to inter vene way too early on a couple of occasions. The Veloster+ gets a full glass roof and electric driver’s seat, which sounds great, but my head was rubbing on the roof. The entr y-level model without the glass roof allows that extra headroom for those beyond six feet. There’s a lot to like about Veloster – great styling, plenty of standard kit, Hyundai ’s five-year warranty, and good pricing, w ith the entry-level model just under $27,000 drive away and the Veloster+ around $5000 more. For me, the clear demographic for this car is female. It’s like a sports car when you’re not having a sports car. Bring on the turbo! SR Turbo I had an opportunity to drive the Veloster SR Turbo just as we were going to pr int. The twin scroll turbo adds 46% boost in power to deliver 150kW with torque increasing around 60% to 265Nm available from 1750-4500rpm. Some of the other changes include firmer dampers, different suspension geometr y, re-calibrated electro- mechanical steering rack and larger front brakes. Add a sportier body kit with a wide-mouth grill, side skirts, rear diffuser, better-bolstered sports seats and different tail-pipes. There are seven colours plus two matte finishes. A short drive program revealed a firmer ride and sharper steering, as you might expect from the changes. For me, the engine didn’t hit as hard as I thought it might. It was rock-solid in the mid-range but never really hit as you might expect for a turbo sports car. Hyundai has also fitted a rear-screen wiper across the range with sat-nav also now standard on Veloster+. 34 October / November 2012 Life on the move
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