It’s been beefed up to be sportier and sleeker and it’s here in the Middle East – the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is certain to make waves, says Kate Ginn
With a satisfying roar and crunch on the asphalt, the new incarnation of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo has roared onto the car scene with everything shifted up a gear.
Sprinklings of sportiness have been liberally applied both inside and out. With a souped-up turbo four-cylinder engine capable of taking this little number to a top speed of 250kph under the bonnet and stylish interior, this is a car that stands out.
The word on the street is that the South Korean car manufacturer is hoping to take pole position in the market with the revamped Veloster Turbo. What it does do is cleverly offer the sportiness of a coupé with the roominess of a sedan. I like it, though admittedly it’s targetted at young male drivers. And a three-door is not conducive to those with children and carting around pushchairs and piles of shopping.
This is a youth-focused automobile with a combination of high-powered engine, impressive specs and extensive infotainment features.
After being previewed last year, the Turbo version of the Veloster – there’s also a base level and Rally Edition – has arrived in the Middle East, so expect to see one in the fast lane next to you soon.
You might not get a good look at one if it’s steaming past, but you might be lucky and park next to one in a mall. You’ll be able to check out the “Fluidic Sculpture” design and sinewy lines, and peer through the windows to have a good nose inside at the touchscreen and sports seats.
For me, the car is geared towards young men with its distinctly masculine and muscular appearance – as if it’s been working out at the gym five times a week. That said, there is a bit of a feminine flow to the lines inside.
Hyundai says it has gone for a bold design with striking LED headlight accents, special wide-mouthed grille and raking contour lines. Sporty 18-inch alloy wheels with 10mm wider fitted tyres are complemented by a chrome-tipped dual exhaust and bodykit.
Its unique glass rear hatch and optional panoramic sunroof gives the car a spacious feel. The interior has sportier front seats and an extremely cool sport-bike-inspired dashboard with intricate Turbo stitching detail.
You should have realised by now that the Veloster Turbo is not shy and retiring. You’d buy this car to get noticed.
If you want to make even more of an impression, you could always go for the limited production Rally Edition, of which only 1,200 units are being made. Painted in an exclusive Matte Blue paint with carbon-fibre aero accents, it will also feature lightweight RAYS 18-inch alloy wheels and a retuned suspension system.
All the Veloster models have a revised infotainment system with a seven-inch colour touchscreen with navigation, radio and the next-generation Blue Link system at the touch of a button. The Turbo trim also includes a centre-mounted TFT vehicle information system.
A seven-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch gearbox replaces the previous six-speed offering and the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters give the driver a more interactive, exhilarating ride.
Handling, as you would expect, is crisp and tight. To deliver a sportier ride, the Turbo has a modified front suspension and large front and rear stabiliser bars are in place to reduce body roll and improve control when taking a corner. Basically, it takes a bend like it’s going round a track.
There’s also a neat system called Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS). It’s a bit of a mouthful, but could well be a lifesaver; if a driver gets into trouble braking or accelerating on a difficult surface and the vehicle pulls in one direction, the system will apply steering assist to adjust and correct the potentially tricky problem.
Safety is not forgotten either. There are six airbags and a state-of-the-art braking system with ABS and Brake Assist.
All in all, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2016 is a bit of a boy racer that offers much and delivers on all its promises. Time to change my car, I think.
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