For The Hyundai Veloster is cheaper than most of its rivals, and its distinctive looks will appeal to some people. The single rear door isn’t just a talking point; it improves rear access.
Against The ride is firm, the steering is remote and there isn’t much room in the back. Refinement is also poor and you need to thrash the engine to make decent progress.
Not without its appeal, but the Hyundai Veloster struggles in too many areas
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The Hyundai Veloster is a four-seater coupe that's designed to steal sales from the Vauxhall Astra GTC and VW Scirocco.
It offers something none of its rivals do – a single rear door on the passenger’s side. This adds a handy dose of practicality and ensures the Hyundai's 'best' side is facing the driver as he or she approaches.
Two petrol engines are available: a 138bhp 1.6 and a 184bhp 1.6 turbo. The non-turbo models come in two trims, both with plenty of standard equipment, while the handsomely-equipped Turbo SE model ticks off almost all the options.
The standard Veloster is priced lower than its closest competitor, the Vauxhall Astra GTC. However, the Vauxhall is a significantly better car and is available with some tempting discounts, so we’d think carefully before choosing the Hyundai. The Turbo SE actually costs more than its closest rival, the VW Scirocco 1.4 160 GT, and the Hyundai is not a match for the German car’s all-round excellence.
I have owned my blue Veloster Sport for five months.During that time it has been to the South West of France and back and used daily for the journey…
If you want a Veloster, this is the one to go for. It comes with plenty of equipment yet is reasonably cheap to buy.