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LAVOUR of the mo­ment seems to be af­ford­able sports or sporty cars given the re­cent ar­rival of Toy­ota’s 86. There’s also Re­nault’s Me­gane 265RS, the forth­com­ing Ford Fo­cus ST and now, the Hyundai Veloster SR (Turbo). The ques­tion ev­ery­one asks is… Toy­ota 86 or Veloster SR? Thanks to its turbo engine and strong torque at low revs, the Veloster has sim­i­lar ac­cel­er­a­tion and roll-on speed from a smaller ca­pac­ity and its dy­nam­ics are im­pres­sive even against some of the rated front- and rear-drive com­peti­tors.

That’s all we’ll say. Styling is a sub­jec­tive (per­sonal) mat­ter. We like both.

Veloster SR man­ual at $31,990* is two grand more than the bare bones 86 GT but has much more stan­dard kit.

It is af­ford­able per­for­mance and style per­son­i­fied. Want to make an im­pres­sion? Get into the Veloster SR in the chameleon gold colour-changer or the matte sil­ver or grey.

Wow!

Tick the pad­dle shift six-speed auto box and it’s an ex­tra $2000 (not dual clutch). The SR comes in one spec­i­fi­ca­tion only with that tricky 2+1 door set-up, gen­er­ous equip­ment that in­cludes SUNA sat­nav, leather, glass sun­roof, rear view cam­era, 7-inch touch screen, park as­sist and Aus­tralian cal­i­brated dy­nam­ics for steer­ing and sus­pen­sion.

Help­ing it look the part are a sports body kit with SRspe­cific grille, 18-inch al­loys, dual cen­tre mount ex­haust tips and a bright colour pal­ette.

Other kit in­cludes auto head­lights, LED day­time run­ning lights, cli­mate con­trol, push but­ton start and pre­mium au­dio. It’s has a mul­ti­me­dia con­nec­tion box.

Veloster SR runs a 1.6-litre, di­rect in­jec­tion, petrol four cylin­der with a twin scroll turbo in­te­grated into the in­let man­i­fold for 150kW/265Nm out­put.

Drive is to the front wheels via a torque vec­tor­ing sys­tem util­is­ing the car’s ABS, in re­verse po­lar­ity.

It is good for a handy 6.8-litres/100km in the man­ual and can put away a 0-100km/h sprint in 7.2 sec­onds. Safety rat­ing is five-star ANCAP with all that brings.

DRIV­ING

Spec sheets don’t lie and such was the case here: 1350kg, 150kW at 6000rpm and 265Nm at 1750rpm.

It’s no WRX but is pos­si­bly more fun to drive thanks to its quick re­sponses, trim chas­sis and well-cal­i­brated sus­pen­sion that isn’t too firm – nor soft. Steer­ing is di­rect and the brakes, up in size from the lower-spec­i­fi­ca­tion Veloster, of­fer plenty of sure stop­ping power.

We had a good ol’ steer of both man­ual and auto and came down solidly in favour of the man­ual for its en­gag­ing drive feel.

It’s par­tic­u­larly good on wind­ing roads zip­ping from cor­ner apex to apex, be­ing lazy with the gears and just push­ing the throt­tle. But the auto is good too, es­pe­cially for city driv­ing. The in­te­rior is stylish and comfy, of­fer­ing plenty of crea­ture com­forts spoiled only by too many hard sur­faces. Looks good though.

The rear seats are use­able too and the boot is a de­cent size.

VER­DICT

We can give a big tick for this one. it has out­landish looks, im­pres­sive per­for­mance, un­beat­able war­ranty and pur­chase add-ons. You could com­fort­ably take it to a track day and re­ally have some fun, then drive home af­ter. * For drive-away prices contact Trin­ity Hyundai, Mul­grave Rd, Ear­lville, on 4081 5000.

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