Novel Veloster proving to be strong contender
H YUNDAI'S novel Veloster coupe which has one door on one side and two on the other is getting a boost with the arrival of a new turbocharged flagship model.
The £21,995 Veloster Turbo SE is the first car to feature Hyundai's 1.6-litre T-GDI engine which has a high-compression turbocharger and it has been tuned to suite European driving tastes so its power output has been boosted and low end torque increased.
It produces 184 bhp and with a six speed gearbox has a 0 to 62 mph sprint time of less than 8.5 seconds and will break the 130 mph mark in top.
The damping has been firmed up to improve body control and its gets some styling tweaks to differentiate it from the less powerful versions.
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Its front bumper, radiator grille and front fog lights are new to the Turbo. The rear also benefits from a revised bumper, which includes a new fog lamp design plus round twin exhausts and diffuser.
A longer and wider rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light is included in the visual changes along with a red 'Turbo' nameplate on the bottom right of the bootlid and it rides on 18 inch alloys with chrome inserts.
Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, says: "The Veloster has quickly established itself as a fun car and a unique proposition.
"Now the Veloster Turbo SE brings an extra helping of dynamism, excitement and emotional appeal to our refreshed model line-up. Its overall package is genuinely strong against other competitors such as the VW Scirocco 1.4TSI. We believe that the performance enhancements will further increase the Veloster's appeal for drivers who want the perfect combination of stand-out design, an engaging drive, coupled with the efficiency and practicality of a traditional hatchback."