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Hyundai Veloster takes funky styling up a notch


LIFE used to be simple for Hyundai. It would make sedans and SUVs with little personality, but with a price tag so attractive, you had to take notice.

Now the South Korean manufacturer has become a global player and its new-generation cars are loaded with appeal and desire. The Hyundai Veloster will attest to that as it’s probably the most extrovert car the brand has launched in South Africa.

If you ignore the styling briefly - if you can - you’ll notice the Veloster is distinctly Hyundai. I mean that in the sense that the interior layout and finish is what we’ve come to expect and all the bells and whistles feature in the cabin. It’s funky and comfortable upfront, but the powertrain does leave you wanting more though.

Powered by a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, it produces 103kW and 167Nm and isn’t a ball of fire, despite looking rather athletic.

The three-door coupé design will resonate with anyone who wants to stand out. Complemented by its striking styling and sleek stance, it’s the kind of car you immediately notice in traffic.

The Veloster delivers a smooth drive and it’s comfy for the front passengers. The rear should, perhaps, be reserved for the vertically challenged as head and legroom are kept to a minimum.

Given its sporty persona, a few extra horses under the bonnet won’t hurt. Thankfully, a turbo version is on the horizon soon, which will give this car the gusto it deserves.

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