You’d never say the regular Hyundai Veloster left you wanting for performance, but the Korean manufacturer saw fit to strap a turbo to that car’s 1.6-litre engine, increasing power output from 138hp to a stonking 184hp in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.
That makes a difference…
The 0-62mph time drops to 8.4 seconds, while the top speed increases to 133mph, offering serious pace and performance at £21,995.
It’s not just the smooth, refined engine that impresses though – the six-speed manual gearbox is precise and accurate and means snicking up and down through the ‘box on a fast B-road drive is a pleasure.
We’ve driven the Hyundai Veloster Turbo before, but with the opportunity presenting itself to get behind the wheel again on a misty January morning, we were reminded just how much of a consummate all-rounder the car is.
Plenty of grip and immediate steering that’s well judged in terms of weight combine with the chassis’ agility to produce a car you can really engage with.
It sounds great too – a nice roughty exhaust note emitted from the fat twin tailpipes and a subtle turbo-fed rumble from under the bonnet.
But don’t think that means it’ll drive you crazy. Hyundai has judged the refinement of the Veloster Turbo superbly.
It’s noisy and involving enough for when you want to enjoy the pleasures of driving one of the most unique coupes on the market, but hushed and civilised for around-town driving and motorway cruises.
It goes hand-in-hand with the interior, too. Leather seats, touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav, Bluetooth, heated seats, a panoramic roof – it all gels together so cohesively and proves how far Hyundai has come in terms of manufacturing premium products.
Comfort levels are assured but there’s enough support from the sumptuously trimmed seats to ensure you don’t slip-slide around when spirited driving is on the agenda.
In some terrible wintery January weather the Hyundai Veloster Turbo always felt sure-footed, capable and composed. Impressive indeed.
Despite the extra power over the regular car, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is still brilliantly efficient and superbly parsimonious with its petrol.
Combined fuel economy stands at 40.9mpg, with the compact 1.6-litre unit only emitting 157g/km CO2.
At £21,995, with superb levels of equipment and more practicality than most coupes offer thanks to its unique 1+2-door layout, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo SE is a performance bargain.