Dave Conole road tests and reviews the 2015 Hyundai Veloster.
The funky Hyundai Veloster continues to polarize opinions more than four years after it was first launched in Australia.
With a driver’s door longer than the passenger door, plus a rear door on the left hand side, the unusual styling can both attract and turn-off some sporty coupe buyers.
Hyundai recently handed me the keys to a 2015 model Hyundai Veloster SR with a turbo-charged engine under the bonnet and a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
Priced from just $24,490, the more impressive turbo-charged Veloster is priced from $29,990 and offers a much more enthusiastic 150kW/265Nm, over the naturally aspirated versions 103kW/167Nm.
On the road the 2015 Hyundai Veloster gets along well enough with plenty of usable torque.
The new dual clutch auto though is a bit of a letdown. As compared to the manual Veloster, I thought the auto just managed to dull a bit of the performance and tends to be a bit jerky.
The transmission though does respond well when you manually manipulate the ratios via the Veloster’s paddle-shifters.
The Hyundai Veloster handles pretty well in the bends, though don’t expect luxury car-like ride, the 40 Series tyres fitted to the Veloster’s 18″ alloys manage to alert you to every road imperfection.
Expect to use about 8.5L/100kms of unleaded in your Veloster turbo, the official claimed combined figure is 7.1L/100km.
Inside the cabin, yes, the Veloster interior is starting to date. While still a pleasant enough design, and with nice touches such as blue leather seat inserts and push-button ignition, the overall feel is now just a little uninspiring.
One positive is the Hyundai infotainment system which is clean, simple and easy to use.
The Hyundai Veloster seats are comfortable and supportive and the driver’s seat gets a mix of manual and electric adjustment.
Legroom up front is pretty good and rear-seat occupants get a little more space than you might expect from a sporty two/three door coupe.
Safety isn’t an issue; all grades of Hyundai Veloster boast a full five-star safety rating.
Summing it up; there’s a lot to like about the Veloster, particularly the fuel economy, sporty feel and handling and head-turning styling.
The ride though is a letdown (even for a sporty model), I would much prefer the manual transmission over the DSG auto and the cabin is getting close to needing a refresh. A generous warranty and sharp pricing make the Veloster (particularly the turbo) well worth a test drive however.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Hyundai Veloster
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol producing 103kW and 167Nm or 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 150kW and 265Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Five years
Origin: South Korea
Price: From $24,490
Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.
With over 15 years of automotive journalism and reviewing experience, plus front line experience in vehicle sales, Dave is proud to be aligned with Behind the Wheel.