Jonathan Hawley September 08, 2012
Hyundai’s Veloster caused a degree of head-scratching when it was launched in February. Featuring rakish and aggressive styling, it was purportedly a sports car yet instead of a coupe body came only as a hatch – and one with three passenger doors at that.
And performance from the 1.6-litre engine was not so hot or even sporty as much as adequate: to borrow from Winston Churchill the Veloster was a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside and enigma.
Not that buyers have been deterred, with the original Veloster topping the Australian sports car market so far this year, possibly partly due to very keen pricing starting at $23,990. Now that a turbocharged version has arrived with a nigh-on 50 per cent boost in engine power it seems the performance issue has been addressed, so is this tougher, tauter Veloster the one we’ve been waiting for?