2014 Hyundai Veloster | road test

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 by

Quick Review

GoodGood Lots of features, decent price
BadBadIsn't as sporty as it's exterior suggests
SpecsSpecs1.6L, 128 horsepower, 157 Nm of torque, 6 speed automatic
PricePriceAED 69, 000 - AED 77,900
RatingEditors Rating Three Star

Hyundai Veloster front

It all began in 2011 when decided to challenge the status quo and produce a rather comical looking vehicle that adopted the style of a coupe yet offered the functionality of a hatchback. The Veloster was born and it was now time for us to have a go in the 2013 model and find out what all the hype was about.

Having come across Velosters in a number of shades on our roads, I wondered what colour our test car would be. Red? Blue? Yellow? Orange? Shockingly, none of the afore mentioned colours. Our car wore large 18″ bi-coloured alloys, sported dual centre mounted exhausts and was finished in a hue Hyundai refer to as Green Apple!

Hyundai Veloster sides and rear

From the exterior there’s just one word to describe the Veloster, unique. Apart from the fact that it sported non-functioning air vents on the hood and had one door on the driver’s side while two on the passenger side, a neat panoramic sunroof and LED headlamp cluster were the saving grace.

Hyundai Veloster seats

Open the door and you begin believing you’re entering something sporty. Well bolstered black leather seats along with Veloster printed on the seatback and a well laid out dashboard are present to welcome you. In addition to steering controls for the Bluetooth and audio system, our test car was also equipped with parking sensors and a decent rear view camera.

As well as the radio, we were pleased to discover the Veloster was capable of playing music through a CD, USB and AUX jack. Though there were only 7 speakers present in the car, once set correctly, they were an absolute treat and sounded like a significantly more premium sound system would.

Hyundai Veloster dashboard

Upon playing around with the 7″ touchscreen located in the centre of the dashboard, we stumbled upon a feature Hyundai refer to as Blue Max. Once enabled, it measures braking and acceleration over a 10 minute period and calculates a score to rate how efficiently you have driven. Although it’s extremely gimmicky, it does make driving economically a little more exciting as you continually try to better your high score.

On the downside, rear seat passengers are going to have a lot to complain about though. Apart from pathetic headroom and lack of rear A/C vents, the black leather interior is a sure way to barbecue your passengers rear end. Additionally, due to the fixed glass panel placed directly over the rear passengers head, they are guaranteed to suffer from headaches when riding in the back of the Veloster before sunset.

Hyundai Veloster front side

On the performance front, the packs in a tiny 1.6 litre engine that produces just 128 horsepower and 157 Nm of torque. Put the pedal to the metal and although Hyundai claims a 0 – 100km/h run can be completed in 10 seconds, I struggled to get a time better than 13 seconds.

Although the Veloster feels significantly underpowered when attempted to be driven enthusiastically, it is more powerful than the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Sonic by 5 and 13 horsepower respectively. Once the Veloster gets back to its comfort zone and cruises along the highway, it is capable of providing a comfortable and reasonably quiet ride.

Despite the fact that you’re unlikely to reach dangerous speeds in the Veloster, the 10″ brake discs along with brake assist are strong and provide shorter braking distances under emergency braking circumstances. Additionally, the Veloster is also equipped with front, side and curtain airbags to reduce the possibility of an injury in a collision.

Considering the Velosters low coupe profile specially designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag, we were disappointed to discover the measly 1.6 litre engine was averaging 9.5 litres / 100kms after a combination of highway and city driving. That is nearly what an engine twice the size is expected to average.

Quite simply then, in spite of the Veloster having aluminium pedals, a manual shift option and an engine that revs up to 6,500 RPM, it is clearly not a car that is meant to be driven hard or fast. Targeted at the youth, the Veloster is more of a trendy city runabout than the sporty hot hatch its exterior suggests. Priced at AED 77,900 for the fully loaded variant, the Hyundai Veloster is definitely a car that will appeal to the swanky youth that place vehicle appearance above vehicle performance.

2 Responses to 2014 Hyundai Veloster | road test

  1. Ammar Reply

    October 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Any idea whether if the veloster turbo is coming to the UAE or not?

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