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.
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.
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.
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.