With head-turning styling – including an unusual 3-door configuration – the new Veloster injects a welcome dose of pizzazz into the Hyundai line-up.
Yet, although the car is designed to appeal to the upwardly mobile set, it doesn’t fall short on practicality. The interior is, given the Veloster’s lowslung stance, surprisingly roomy, particularly at the back. The standard engine is a smooth, willing 1,6-litre direct inject petrol unit (a turbo is due later).
It’s that three-door thing that will probably get most people’s attention, though. The extra rear door is always configured on the sidewalk side of the car (that means the left side, for right-hand drive markets) and it’s touted as a combined convenience/safety feature.
On our test drive, the Veloster’s composed ride, agility, smooth powertrain (the snappy gearshift is great) impressed, though we found the positioning of the shift lever just a little awkward for shorter drivers.