Hyundai has built an affordable coupé that's fun to drive and has plenty of standard equipment for the price
The fussy styling won't appeal to all tastes, and Hyundai's budget-car image is a drawback in an aspirational coupé. All cars are short on security kit
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Hyundai Coupe Coupe performance
Hyundai's 2.7-litre V6 is mated to a standard close-ratio six-speed 'box or optional four-speed semi-auto. First seen in the Trajet and Santa Fe, it has good pace but needs plenty of revs to tap into its power. The 2.0-litre feels underpowered and demands a downchange on motorway inclines. The 1.6-litre is strictly for leisurely cruising.
Hyundai Coupe Coupe ride & handling
Lacks the finesse of top coupe rivals, but body roll is controlled and handling is neutral, the nose pushing just wide of the line if a corner tightens sharply. The steering is well weighted, but not as direct as it could be, while the ride is mostly comfortable, yet fidgety in town – larger potholes give a sudden jolt.
Hyundai Coupe Coupe refinement
The V6 is smooth, but makes a pleasing snarl as the revs rise. However, despite Hyundai’s work to reduce noise and vibration, the 2.0-litre is still coarse when revved hard, which is a common occurrence as it is short of mid-range grunt. Engine noise is muted, but road and wind noise is pronounced. The rear axle clonks noisily over ruts.