Veloster has verve, but lacks grunt

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Motoring - Derek Og­den

■ It’s been a long time, but well worth the wait.

When the Hyundai Veloster first came out, with its out-there looks and un­usual ar­chi­tec­ture, it shaped up to be a chal­lenger to the hot-hatch mob.

Un­for­tu­nately, some­body had for­got­ten about giv­ing it the per­for­mance to match.

The Veloster was held back by a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated four-cylin­der en­gine.

For­tu­nately, we for­gave short­com­ings, much talk be­ing of the sedan-cum-coupe styling, with two doors on the pas­sen­ger side, only one on the driver’s side.

The re­sult was the dis­missal of the in­con­ve­nience of squeez­ing in and out of the back seats through a sin­gle en­trance as in a con­ven­tional coupe.

It wasn’t un­til later when a tur­bocharger was hung off the mo­tor that things be­gan to heat up.

I have had to wait un­til now and the Se­ries II to taste the added grunt with a stint with a range-top­ping Veloster SR + Turbo, which comes to mar­ket at $36,490, plus on­road costs.

Veloster Se­ries II has taken on more of Hyundai’s Flu­idic Sculp­ture styling with a dis­tinc­tive grey grille sur­round and 18-inch al­loy wheels in a choice of two new styles, both shod with sporty 225/ 40 R18 tyres.

Con­trast­ing stitch­ing can be found on the steer­ing wheel and coloured seat­belts are about to be in­stalled with the new­est mod­els.

Also new is an elec­tro-lu­mi­nes­cent sports-style in­stru­ment clus­ter, while driver and front pas­sen­ger are treated to power ad­justable heated and ven­ti­lated seats.

The whole thing is topped off with a panoramic glass sun­roof.

Up-to-date con­nec­tiv­ity comes cour­tesy of a 7.0-inch LCD touch screen dis­play­ing satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, CD player, MP3 in­put and three years HEREMapCare.

Veloster Se­ries II is pow­ered by Hyundai’s di­rect-in­jec­tion 1.6-litre Gamma en­gine, in nat­u­rally as­pi­rated or tur­bocharged form.

Power and torque fig­ures for both en­gine types are un­changed. Turbo + power and torque are 150kW at 6000rpm and 265Nm be­tween 1750 and 4500rpm. Ex­clu­sive to the SR Turbo range is a smooth shift­ing seven-speed dou­ble clutch trans­mis­sion with steer­ing wheel­mounted pad­dle shifts.

The all-new seven-speed DCT of­fers fast changes and im­proved fuel econ­omy, mea­sured on the of­fi­cial test at 7.1 litres /100 km, down from 7.6.

Safety fea­tures in­clude six airbags, brake as­sist, trac­tion con­trol, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol and a rear-view cam­era. Fuel con­sump­tion of the test ve­hi­cle was clocked at six litres per 100km in high­way cruis­ing but turned out a thirsty cus­tomer with up to 13 litres per 100km guz­zled in the sub­urbs.

The Veloster SR + skipped along nicely, the wheels an­chored firmly to the bi­tu­men, even on the bro­ken sur­faces of some poorly main­tained roads. While not call­ing up the word “tepid”, The Veloster SR + fails to match per­for­mance with many of the so-called hot hatches of to­day.

What it does have is looks to carry it off.

And there’s the sub-30K turbo tag.

Pic­ture: Mark Bramley

Hyundai Veloster has style with plenty of char­ac­ter.

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