2020 Hyundai Veloster on sale in Australia from $29,490

Brett Davis

The all-new 2020 Hyundai Veloster will launch in Australia soon, underpinned by a newer, more sophisticated platform than the outgoing model, while introducing a vibrant and sporty new design inside and out.

Following up from the initial unveiling of the new model last year, the 2020 Veloster is underpinned by the same platform as the latest i30. This includes a comprehensive multi-link suspension arrangement at the back which should help to improve cornering balance and performance. Like almost every Hyundai on sale in Australia (except the iLoad), engineering work has been carried out on local soil to fine-tune the setup for Aussie conditions.

Other interesting hardware changes over the predecessor include a quicker-ratio electric power steering system with enhanced steering response, while torque vectoring technology has been applied to the front-wheel drive system to maximum grip and improve overall handling.

Three main variants will go on sale in Australia, spanning from the base Veloster, the Veloster Turbo, to the top Turbo Premium. The base model is powered by a new 2.0-litre non-turbo four-cylinder that produces 110kW and 180Nm, matched to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto. Unfortunately, there are no plans for the high-performance Veloster N to enter the Australian market at this stage.

For the Turbo models the 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder continues on, producing 150kW and 265Nm (275Nm during over-boost). It can be matched to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto. Acceleration and fuel consumption figures haven’t been mentioned.

As standard, all models come with a touch-screen media interface packed with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while safety is boosted across the range thanks to Hyundai’s SmartSense suite which includes autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist, forward-collision avoidance assist, and driver attention warning as standard.

Moving up to the Turbo adds a larger 8.0-inch touch-screen with digital radio, and safety is increased with blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and high-beam assist. The Turbo Premium adds wireless phone charging, head-up display, a power driver’s seat, and heated and ventilated front seats. Buyers can also option for a two-tone roof for the top variant.

Hyundai will officially launch the 2020 Veloster in Australia later this month. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2020 Hyundai Veloster 2.0L 6-speed manual: $29,490
2020 Hyundai Veloster 2.0L 6-speed auto: $31,790

2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1.6T 6-speed manual: $35,490
2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1.6T 7-speed DCT auto: $38,490

2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Premium 1.6T 6-speed manual: $38,990
2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Premium 1.6T 7-speed DCT auto: $41,990

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