When T3 first laid eyes on Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo, it was love at first sight. We had originally turned up to the carmaker’s launch event in Farnborough, Hampshire, to test out its other new motor, the Sante Fe, but after taking the VT for a quick spin, our hearts shifted course.
Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Tech
Like most manufactures, Hyundai has finally woken up to the importance of in-car technology (albeit, a little late); integrated sat nav, a rear-view parking camera and USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity come as standard, while the dashboard is kitted out with an array of eye-catching LED-illuminated switches, conveniently dotted around the car’s stunning 7-inch touchscreen display.
Voice control is on board to make life easier, although in some cases in can make things difficult, especially when scrolling through your address book.
You cannot merely say a name and the system will find it for you. Instead, you must command it to scroll through pages of entries until you reach the correct moniker. It's annoying beyond reason, and a bugbear in its system Hyundai should really look into sorting.
Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Specs
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Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Performance
The 1.6 litre engine shouldn’t be laughed at; this car is fast. So fast, in fact, you may have trouble keeping to speed limits. There are smarts under the bonnet, too, including 184bhp and 195lb ft of torque, making take-off seem like child’s play.
Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Verdict
It's young and up for fun, packs a punch and will make even the most hardcore boy racer proud. While it may cost a pretty penny, it's worth its asking price. The smarts on the dashboard are impressive, too, although we were bombed not to be able to test out the Xbox 360 connectivity.
Hyundai hopes the VT will make up 20 per cent of Veloster sales - about 1-2,000 units - this year, and there's no denying consumers will fall in love with it. It is, after all, a well put together package that hits the high notes in all the right corners.
It's not trying to be the king of sports cars, more like the king of sports. It's competitive, loud and sends a stern message to its fellow road users: "Move out of my way, fool!"
Words: Bertan Budak
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