Quirky is a term often used by car companies to describe their products; some cars need a few quirks to make them more interesting and to give the lovely PR people something to talk about, writes Bob Flavin.
Hyundai’s new Veloster has a quirk that not many other cars think of, there’s one door on the drivers side and two on the passenger side. It’s not something you’ll notice straight away, it’s only when you walk around the car that you’ll see that it looks like two different people designed the car and then welded the two bits together.
Yet somehow the design works, the driver has a big door to get in and the passengers have two normal sized doors. Now I know you parents out there will be tut tutting at this point and asking “how do I get the kids in the back” the answer to that is; this car wasn’t made with you in mind. This is a young, stylish car that’s made for someone who wants to show that they are doing well but still want value for money and a petrol engine.
It’s still practical because it has decent leg room for everyone and a big boot, it’s just access to the back seat is restricted by the lack of a door on one side. In terms of design the Veloster ticks all the right boxes. There’s lots of lines and swoops on the outside that all taper down to a pert bum.
The inside is no different, plenty of lines and details to keep eyes occupied while you’re looking for the radio controls. The dash layout will be familiar if you’ve ever been in a Hyundai, there’s plenty of kit including Bluetooth, Air Con, electric windows and loads more.
On the road it handles like a hot hatch, the turn in is crisp and smooth. The ride on the firm side of comfortable which adds to the handling and that overall sporty feeling. The 1.6ltr GDI engine puts out about 140bhp which enough for some fun but I couldn’t help thinking that it could cope with a lot more horsepower, I know that Hyundai have announced a 200bhp version and I’d say that’ll be brilliant.
Hyundai have pulled a master stroke with the Veloster because there really isn’t anything to compare it too, it handles like a sports car but it can carry 4 people and all their stuff yet, it only has three doors. Value for money isn’t lacking either, if I stated listing the standard equipment this article would be two pages but yet the on the road price €24,995 and that comes with a 5 year, unlimited mileage warranty. If you pay an extra €600 you can have all the standard servicing done for those 5 years as well. That adds peace of mind when buying a Hyundai.
Why not have a drive of the new Veloster yourself at Hyundai Naas 045 848800 where you’ll find one ready for driving, just make sure you get in both sides of the car because its fun.