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Test Drive: Hyundai Veloster Turbo Sport – Attention-grabbing done right

POSTED BY ON 24 July 2015

SO get this, we ran the Veloster Turbo Sport over a curb.

If we said that we had too much fun with it prior to the uncalled for incident, it would be a partly true story given the day’s rainy conditions which eventually proved to be a glitchy mess.

What a shame that such an epitome of speed and style had to sustain minor damage – a torn tyre sidewall, a chipped rim and a few scratches on the side skirt – nothing more, nothing less. Nevertheless, our days spent sprinting in the coupe were worthy of a repeat.

That aside, in our opinion at least, the Veloster Turbo Sport appeared to be a wholesome package, albeit a few flaws here and there. But we’re not complaining much, and here’s why.

Interior & exterior

We won’t even try and bluff. The Veloster Turbo Sport has quite an odd shape to it. It’s difficult to decipher what the designers had in mind or what they were inspired by when designing the hatchback. Personally, we opine that it resembles something that would come out of a post-apocalyptic film.

However, Hyundai decided to create a harmonious balance between good and bad, exterior-wise in this case, by giving the car a matte grey finish with car decal stickers for the added sporty feel and look, which we gladly approve.

We found ourselves squinting in confusion, though, at the decision to have three doors (one on the driver’s side and two on the passengers’), instead of four or just two. Then again, we eventually settled on the assumption that less structure means less weight, hence, lower production costs.

Even better bits can be found inside the car. The driver and front passenger get most of the advantages, much thanks to the amenities packaged nicely in the cabin, including the six-way power seats which made driving and posture-fixing much easier for yours truly. The presence of a power sunroof gave us all the more reasons to bring the car out for night drives; the reasons being obvious enough.

Moving on, punchier detailing comes in the form of orange trims on the seats, which only made the cabin space appear less bland. What piqued our interest even more was in fact the car’s eargasmic sound system, which instantly transformed even our trip down to the convenience store into a nightclub-like experience.

Unfortunately, we are not a fan of the rear seat accommodation. The legroom may be up to par but the presence of a slanting roof might only evoke discomfort or trigger claustrophobia and anxiety.

Performance

The Veloster Turbo Sport picks up speed reasonably quickly, which makes it quite tempting for us to go beyond the speed limits from time to time. That said, it managed to prove its sufficient finesse during the several trips we had along the highway stretches of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

This car possessed commendable steering response, which rarely interfered with acceleration during cornering. Its braking system – with all praises to the almighty above – is not too sharp, because the last thing we want is to end our journey with broken breastbones.

Coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the 1.6-litre Gamma T-GDI engine supplies about 183hp of output and 265Nm of torque, good enough for someone on a sudden sugar rush. Yet, we found that it responds a little slowly to the paddle shifters. That said, we decided to just stick to the gear lever most of the time to make life simpler.

We were left with one big question mark on top our head, though. We recount driving for less than 30 minutes, from Bangsar to Kampung Medan and back, and realised two bars had gone down. On the other hand, we assume that the fuel thirst shenanigans must have been caused by our sporadic test drive insanity.

Safety

Speaking of “sporadic test drive insanity”, our time with the Veloster Turbo Sport was more or less like a game of Russian roulette, in a sense that we left its safety features to handle the risky part of the test drive. And boy, do they do their jobs well.

A host of features can be found in this variant including six airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, hill-start assist control and vehicle stability management; all these come standard in all variants across the Veloster range.

Verdict

If it wasn’t for the minor mishap, we would gladly say that we enjoyed our drive in the Veloster Turbo Sport to the fullest. Having said that, this machine managed to excite a close friend of ours, who happens to have a liking for hatchbacks in general. Although he only served as a front passenger, it apparently inspired him to save up for this particular unit.

In the end, he gave the car his seal of approval, and so did we. Ergo, it’s a “yes” from us.

Specifications of the 2015 Veloster Turbo Sport:

Engine: 1,591cc four-cylinder T-GDI petrol
Max Power: 183hp @ 5,500rpm
Max Torque: 265Nm @ 1,500-4,500rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch transmission
Safety features: Six airbags, ABS, ESC, HAC and VSM
Price: RM151,745 plus GST (without insurance)

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