Hyundai has released pricing and trimming details of the sporty new Hyundai Veloster. It’s available in two trim levels, Veloster and Veloster plus, with prices starting at $23,990. Official market entry date is February 12.
Hyundai calls the Veloster a 2+1, featuring two doors on the passenger side and a single driver’s door. This is the first of such a layout to be released in a sporty coupe/hatch vehicle. Similar to the MINI Clubman, it adds the convenience for rear-seat passengers while maintaining a two-door coupe image.
Separated by two trim levels, the Veloster and Veloster +, both versions get Hyundai’s new 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, with direct injection, producing 103kW of power and 167Nm of torque. Acceleration times for the 0-100km/h sprint haven’t been mentioned, however, the Veloster will showcase an average fuel consumption rating of 6.4L/100km.
Both variants come with either a six-speed manual transmission or a new six-speed dual-clutch DCT transmission – a first for Hyundai Australia. Both are feature-packed, like most Hyundai vehicle, except the Veloster + gets pinstripes on the 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as leather seats and a big panoramic glass roof.
All models come with standard safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-skid Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist System (BAS). DCT versions also come with Hill Start Assist to prevent the car rolling back on take off.
The Veloster has just been awarded a five-star ANCAP as well, for further piece of mind.
Kicking off at $23,990 makes it quite a bargain for what is a very unique, chunky and attractive entry-level sports coupe. Prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):
|1.6 GDI Manual (6 speed)||$23,990^||$27,990^|
|1.6 GDI DCT (6 speed)||$25,990^||$29,990^|
PerformanceDrive will be attending the official Australian launch of the Hyundai Veloster at the Gold Coast from Thursday next week. Stay tuned for the review.
Full specification and equipment differences are as follows:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Daytime running lights
- Automatic dusk sensing headlamps
- LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors
- Rear view camera
- Rear park assist
- Seven-inch LCD touch screen with DivX MP3 CD player and AM/FM radio tuner
- Premium audio system featuring four speakers, two tweeters, centre speaker, sub-woofer, external amplifier and AUX/USB input
- Front sports bucket seats
- Cloth and Leatherette seats
- Premium steering wheel and gear knob
- Driver one-touch auto up/down incorporating anti-pinching safety feature
- Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) incorporating Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
- Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
- Six airbags (driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side [thorax], full length side curtain)
- Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) (DCT Only)
- Hyundai Active Locking Operation (HALO)
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
Hyundai Veloster +
- 18-inch alloy wheels with colour inserts
- Push button start with proximity smart key
- Heated external mirrors
- Panoramic glass sunroof with motorised sunblind
- Supervision cluster with dot matrix centre display
- Automatic climate control air conditioning
- Electric driver’s seat base (slide, tilt and height) with manual recline
- Electric folding side mirrors
- Leather/Leatherette seats