Hyundai Veloster Street Turbo road test review
BLENDING hatch and sports car wasn't enough, Hyundai "pimped” its quirky Veloster with the Street treatment.
On the receiving end of an aesthetic overhaul, this limited edition offering adds extra bling to its most overt passenger car.
From just less than $35,000, plus on-roads, Hyundai has packed plenty into this little package, which is limited to 200 units.
With that body kit, dark features and alloys, it certainly looks quick.
Unfortunately there's still more show than go... it's the same 1.6-litre turbocharged unit found in the SR model.
Our test machine featured a slick-shifting six-speed manual (there is also a seven-speed dual-clutch auto with steering-wheel paddle shifters available), and the shove from under your right foot is more steady than scintillating. The 0-100kmh time is less than eight seconds, which feels undercooked given the suspension and cornering abilities.
Hyundai's Australian tuning team got its hands on this model and it feels nicely planted and brimming with confidence when the going gets twisty.
Having loved the performance of the turbo Sonata with its 2.0-litre donk mustering 180kW/350Nm, we can only dream how the little Veloster would perform with that kind of power.
There have been some reliability issues with this 1.6-litre turbo engine, but we have mainly heard of those in the first iteration and this Street is derived from Series II.
So what does the Street get?
Among the goodies are the exclusive blue colour scheme with matching interior package (even the seatbelts are blue), 18-inch semi-gloss Rays Gram Lights alloy wheels with matching black spoilers, skirts and side mirrors, special Street car mats and high-intensity xenon headlights.
Other highlights include panoramic sunroof, cruise control, seven-inch touchscreen, six-speaker sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, leather trim, sat nav, climate-controlled air con and a full suite of safety gear including six airbags, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes and hill-start assist.
Given it's a hybrid coupe, how would the family cope?
Surprisingly, there is impressive space front and rear. It doesn't even feel claustrophobic in the back.
Having the second door kerbside is especially good for picking up the kids and saves having to shuffle the driver's seat.
Boot space is also reasonable, with an ability to drop the seats 60:40 - although the floor is not completely flat. Two cup holders sit between both rows of seats and the front doors can handle smaller bottles.
What's the lowdown?
Some extra Street smarts add further appeal to this little package, which has widespread adaptations. Surprisingly good interior space and cool looks inside and out, as well as the two passenger side doors offer practicality to the coupe concept.
The turbocharged engine isn't scintillating, but if you can maintain the boost sweet spot about 3000rpm it offers fun driving characteristics enhanced by Australian-made handling tuning changes.
Hyundai Veloster Street Turbo Special Edition.
Price: Manual $34,990 (as tested); auto $37,490.
Details: Four-door (one on driver's side and two on passenger), front-wheel drive, four-seat coupe.
Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 150kW (at 6000rpm) and 265Nm@1750-4500rpm.
Transmission: Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.
Consumption: 5.7 litres/100km (combined average).