2015 Hyundai Veloster Review

2015 Hyundai Veloster Review

Dave Conole road tests and reviews the 2015 Hyundai Veloster.

2015 Hyundai Veloster Review
2015 Hyundai Veloster Review.

The funky Hyundai Veloster continues to polarize opinions more than four years after it was first launched in Australia.

With a driver’s door longer than the passenger door, plus a rear door on the left hand side, the unusual styling can both attract and turn-off some sporty coupe buyers.

Hyundai recently handed me the keys to a 2015 model Hyundai Veloster SR with a turbo-charged engine under the bonnet and a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

Priced from just $24,490, the more impressive turbo-charged Veloster is priced from $29,990 and offers a much more enthusiastic 150kW/265Nm, over the naturally aspirated versions 103kW/167Nm.

2015 Hyundai Veloster Review
2015 Hyundai Veloster Review.

On the road the 2015 Hyundai Veloster gets along well enough with plenty of usable torque.

The new dual clutch auto though is a bit of a letdown. As compared to the manual Veloster, I thought the auto just managed to dull a bit of the performance and tends to be a bit jerky.

The transmission though does respond well when you manually manipulate the ratios via the Veloster’s paddle-shifters.

The Hyundai Veloster handles pretty well in the bends, though don’t expect luxury car-like ride, the 40 Series tyres fitted to the Veloster’s 18″ alloys manage to alert you to every road imperfection.

2015 Hyundai Veloster Review
2015 Hyundai Veloster Review.

Expect to use about 8.5L/100kms of unleaded in your Veloster turbo, the official claimed combined figure is 7.1L/100km.

Inside the cabin, yes, the Veloster interior is starting to date. While still a pleasant enough design, and with nice touches such as blue leather seat inserts and push-button ignition, the overall feel is now just a little uninspiring.

One positive is the Hyundai infotainment system which is clean, simple and easy to use.

The Hyundai Veloster seats are comfortable and supportive and the driver’s seat gets a mix of manual and electric adjustment.

2015 Hyundai Veloster Review
2015 Hyundai Veloster Review.

Legroom up front is pretty good and rear-seat occupants get a little more space than you might expect from a sporty two/three door coupe.

Safety isn’t an issue; all grades of Hyundai Veloster boast a full five-star safety rating.

Summing it up; there’s a lot to like about the Veloster, particularly the fuel economy, sporty feel and handling and head-turning styling.

The ride though is a letdown (even for a sporty model), I would much prefer the manual transmission over the DSG auto and the cabin is getting close to needing a refresh. A generous warranty and sharp pricing make the Veloster (particularly the turbo) well worth a test drive however.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Hyundai Veloster

Engine: 1.6 litre petrol producing 103kW and 167Nm or 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 150kW and 265Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Five years

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $24,490

Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.

With over 15 years of automotive journalism and reviewing experience, plus front line experience in vehicle sales, Dave is proud to be aligned with Behind the Wheel.

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