AT A GLANCE
THERE was a time, in the not too distant past, when the Hyundai badge was synonymous with a somewhat inferior product and word on the street was it did not make good cars.
Please take careful note of the past tense because I can assert, without fear of contradiction, that those days are well and truly history.
When I pulled up outside the convention centre for the photo shoot, the photographer’s initial reaction said it all: ‘‘ Wow – it certainly doesn’t ‘say’ Hyundai any more does it’’.
If the admiring looks from passersby on their way to the wave pool are any indication, then Hyundai may be on to a winner here.
On completion of the photo shoot, when we were leaving the Waterfront precinct, I cruised past one of the security guards, who said in passing ‘‘beautiful’’ – he could have been referring to me or the car. I sincerely hope it was the latter.
This car is packed with features, ranging from the keyless entry and start, seven-inch multi-media touch screen, Sat-Nav, stylish panic handles, fulllength panoramic sun roof (for that wind in your hair feeling) through to the interior, purposefully designed for the digital age.
The list goes on.
Coupe, but not really, with that quirky third door
1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine 150kW/265Nm
6-speed manual transmission, frontwheel-drive (also available as a 6-speed automatic)
6.8l/100km 5 stars ANCAP 1307kg
When closing the door there is a comforting, resonant, solid thunk – almost BMW-like – a Germanic quality almost.
There is a third door that opens kerbside, so passengers can alight safely onto the footpath.
I was initially concerned about the interior size of the cabin as I stand 193cm (6ft 4ins) but once inside I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was plenty of room.
Around town I had to restrain myself, as the twinscroll turbo-charged engine is simply asking to be used and ‘‘abused’’.
The vehicle is deceptively fast. I really had to watch myself around the city when pulling away from the traffic lights.
Put your foot down while in fourth, fifth or even sixth gear on the open road and the response is immediate – and most enjoyable.
Unfortunately, the test drive came to an end all too soon and with the icy cold air cooling the cabin, just the ticket on a hot steamy build-up day, reluctantly drove the vehicle back to the dealership.
is a word more associated with actor Pamela Anderson in her prime, dare I say this car has a certain appeal that almost warrants use of that particular adjective. Negatives? Probably that I can’t afford one just now. This is a great car with impertinent,
If the admiring looks from passersby on their way to the wave pool are any indication, then Hyundai may be on to a winner here
almost rakish, good looks and do not forget to check out the less-than-discreet pair of bazooka-style exhaust outlets – awesome.
Three words to summarise: I want one – no, seriously – funky, fast and stylish. This vehicle is available from the NT Automotive Group (Hyundai) in Winnellie. So call in to see Mark Jipp (aka Jippie) – a font of information – who has been selling cars in Darwin for 20-plus years and take this splendid pocketrocket for a test drive. It will not disappoint.
The friendly staff can provide you with more details and the ‘‘lowdown’’ on this zippy car.
The vehicle I road-tested is the Veloster SR Turbo version and is available for $35,990 driveaway.