Hyundai has announced the pricing and specification details for its new Veloster coupé.
The Hyundai Veloster stands out with its unusual 1+2 door configuration, but promises good value with plenty of standard equipment and Hyundai’s strong five-year warranty package.
Hyundai Veloster: 137g/km CO2, 47.9mpg
The Hyundai Veloster goes on sale as a 138bhp 1.6-litre petrol model, available in two trim levels.
The engine features direct injection to boost economy and performance, and is available with a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) – an automatic alternative similar in principle to Volkswagen’s DSG.
CO2 emissions are 148g/km for the manual gearbox, 145g/km for the DCT and 137g/km for a special Blue Drive eco variant, which qualifies for annual car tax payments of £115. The Blue Drive version comes with start-stop technology and low rolling resistance tyres; it is fitted with the six-speed manual, and returns a claimed 47.9mpg.
1+2 doors, standard of Sport trim
The Veloster’s distinctive sports car visual appearance is highlighted by its unusual 1+2 door body style.
This is a little bit like the Mini Clubman, in that it features one door on one side of the car and two doors on the other. However, unlike the Mini, the Veloster has its extra door on the passenger’s side rather than the driver’s side – positioning those passengers closer to the pavement. It remains to be seen if this door arrangement is anything more than a gimmick, but it is certainly attention grabbing.
The standard trim level features an extensive equipment list. This includes 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen media centre – which can be connected to games consoles and display films via smartphones – Bluetooth with voice recognition, iPod connection, climate control, rear parking sensors, front fog lights and LED daytime running lights.
Sport trim level takes this up a notch with 18-inch alloys, black leather upholstery, heated front seats, panoramic tilt and slide sunroof, cruise control, keyless go and alloy pedals.
The Sport is also offered with an optional Media Pack – satellite navigation, rear view parking camera, seven speaker stereo – and optional red leather upholstery.
From £17,995 including Five Year Triple Care
Prices for the Hyundai Veloster start at £17,995 for the standard 1.6-litre petrol.
The Blue Drive version – only available in standard trim – starts at £18,345. Sport specification costs from £20,495 with the manual gearbox and £21,745 with the DCT.
All Velosters will come with Hyundai’s Five Year Triple Care plan, which includes a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, five years of roadside assistance and five years of free vehicle health checks (not the same as servicing, but worthy nonetheless).
The Hyundai Veloster goes on say in the UK in February 2012.
- See the car in the flesh – watch our video report at the Hyundai Veloster’s unveiling
- Its predecessor, rated – read our full review of the discontinued Hyundai Coupe
- Does three doors work? – read the Which? Car review of the Mini Clubman
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