Driven: Hyundai Veloster Turbo SE

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo – the Korean firm’s funky 1+2 door coupe – is spoiling for a fight. The Volkswagen Scirocco and the Vauxhall Astra GTC better watch out, as the Hyundai is sporting some serious weapons in its arsenal.

Not least of those is the car’s new motor. It’s the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit as in the standard car, only in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo – you’ve guessed it – it’s turbocharged.

That means 186hp, 195lb ft of torque and some serious performance. It’ll hit 62mph from rest in 8.4 seconds and run onto a top speed of 133mph, and with 18lb ft and 26lb ft more torque than its VW and Vauxhall rivals respectively, in-gear acceleration is brilliant.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo rear

And alongside its stunning performance, the Hyundai delivers awesome efficiency, too. It’ll return 40.9mpg combined with 157g/km CO2 emissions – brilliant environmentally friendly credentials for a sporty coupe.

The car’s supple and direct chassis reinforces the image too. The steering is direct and the suspension setup well judged for UK roads. There’s plenty of grip meaning you can really involve yourself in extracting the most from the machine. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo is a pleasure to pilot.

There’ll be an entry-level Turbo model arriving soon priced at under £20,000, but this SE model also represents excellent value at £21,995 given the level of kit on offer.

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo SE gets a pair of leather seats as standard with some natty contrasting flashes, as well as Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav with reversing camera and park guidance system and USB connectivity for MP3 players.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo interior

Despite its sporting intentions, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is a properly practical vehicle.

The car has been fully engineered for the UK market, meaning its rear door opens on the kerb side, not into the flow of traffic as it would on a converted European vehicle – a small point, but it’s the attention to detail that shows Hyundai means business in taking the fight to the established coupe players.

And once you’re in the back, there’s plenty of room. Go for the optional tilt and slide panoramic sunroof and it bathes the cabin in even more light, giving a real airy, spacious feel. Thanks to the space-efficient hatchback, boot space is good too at 440 litres.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo profile

For more information on the sporty new Hyundai Veloster Turbo SE, why not visit our Hyundai sales centre in Weybridge, Surrey, or contact a member of the T W White & Sons team today on 0844 558 2170.

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