Veloster Gen 2 lands Down Under
If it’s exclusivity you’re seeking, then do not overlook Hyundai’s new Veloster.
Only Australia and New Zealand among the world’s right-hand drive markets will receive Hyundai’s distinctively different crossover coupe/hatch.
The low volume newcomer supersedes the original Veloster which arrived here in 2012. Some 19,000 examples were sold here. Like its predecessor, the 2020 Veloster dares to be different in having three doors for passenger access/egress (two at the front, one at the left rear).
Three variants are on offer: a normally aspirated base model and two turbo models of mid and upper-range spec. In the former, a bigger, more powerful Atkinson-cycle 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘Nu’ petrol engine putting out 110kW/180Nm replaces the old 103kW/166Nm 1.6-litre unit. There’s a choice of six-speed manual or auto.
Powering the mid and upper models is the 150kW/265Nm (275Nm on overboost), 1.6-litre T-GDi turbo-petrol engine carried over from the previous SR, available with six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission.
Interior space is improved, albeit slightly: rear headroom by 15mm, front shoulder room 11mm and rear shoulder room 9mm. The rear windscreen is not quite the impediment it was for back seat occupants, thanks to the tailgate hinges being moved 450mm rearwards. Cargo space, though, has shrunk to just over 300 litres.
Hyundai’s SmartSense safety tech (includes six airbags and forward collision-avoidance assist, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and driver attention warning systems) is standard across the range.
All variants boast multi-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, LED daytime running lights, reversing camera and sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, climate control, cruise control with speed-limiter and sport bucket seats.
The Turbo variant adds satellite-navigation and premium eight-speaker Infinity audio with digital radio, camera/radar-based AEB system with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control (auto only), blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, push-button start, 4.2-inch colour driver’s display, LED low-beam headlights and tail-lights, sports body kit, cloth/leather seat trim and real-time performance display showing turbo boost, g-force and torque output.
The top-spec Turbo Premium also includes machined alloys, black leather seat trim, heated and air-ventilated front seats, eight-way driver’s power seat adjustment, Qi wireless phone charging, head-up display and full-width glass sunroof.
Manufacturer’s List Prices (not inclusive of on-road costs): Veloster 2.0 – manual $29,490, auto $31,790; Turbo – manual $35,490, 7-DCT $38,490; Turbo Premium – manual $38,490, 7-DCT $41,990.
Look for our new car review in Oct/ Nov The Road Ahead magazine.