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Review - Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo - Page 2

velturbo18On the road is where the Veloster excels Hyundai have done a lot of work to tune the Veloster to local conditions and have done a great job at it the car feels extremely settled on any road surface, the suspension it is a touch firm so you do feel the little bumps at times but it’s definitely not uncomfortable. I took down me test loop on Wisemans Ferry Rd and was great. The electric power steering is well calibrated and the steering offers a great amount of feel and directness although I found it wasn’t quite as sharp as say the SRi Cruze but never the less it offered a fun and very enthusiastic drive and it did impress me.

The 6 speed auto is well sorted and the changes are smooth it does have a sport shirt option which will hold the gears longer for you when driving spiritedly and does have shift paddles behind the wheel if you you want to shift gears yourself which adds to the driving experience although once again I found the auto wasn’t as well sorted as the auto in the SRi Cruze.

velturbo3Under the bonnet the 1.6L twin scroll direct injected turbo engine pumps out 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque which means the Veloster Turbo is no slouch the engine develops it’s torque down low in the rev range which means the engine is extremely tractable and very easy to live with in normal everyday traffic but then has plenty of poke when you need it, it’s rather snappy off the line and I managed to record rough hand timed 0-100km/h time off 6.8 sec which means you could definitely do it in a faster time.

Fuel economy really depends on how you drive it being a turbo engine it will drink a little bit of petrol when your pushing it but drive it normally and you can return some decent figures.

Safety wise the Veloster Turbo like you expect has received a 5 stars ANCAP rating and is packed full of safety features including 6 airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS,  with electronic brake force distribution, brake assist rear parking sensors and a rear view camera.

After a week in Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo I was really impressed it offers aggressive sporty looks combined with a decent amount of features, excellent safety levels, great performance and handling and more importantly offers a great driving experience which means this car delivers on the road.

velturbo13The hot hatch market is very hotly contested and the Europeans have ruled the roost in the market for years, and while the Veloster Turbo is not quite up there with some of the cars on the market it does offer an extremely good alternative. You have to remember the Europeans have had many years to perfect their cars this is Hyundai’s first attempt at a hot hatch and they should be commended for their efforts as they have done a very good job indeed.

If your after a hot hatch and want to stand out from the crowd you would be very silly indeed not to have the Veloster Turbo on your list of cars to test drive because this is really a good car and I liked it a lot.

Hyundai also offer great peace of mind with their 5 Year unlimited km warranty, 3 years capped price servicing and 7 years road side assistance.

To find out more about the Veloster SR Turbo visit Hyundai’s web site www.hyundai.com.au/vehicles/veloster-turbo and definitely get down to your local Hyundai dealer and take one for a test drive you will glad you did.

[This blog \ review was published with aproval by Wayne Lancaster of 3 on the Tree, you can read more of Wayne's reviews at 3 on the Tree]

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