Hyundai did a lot of local suspension tuning to suit Australian conditions and it shows. The ride is well controlled and flattens out most bumps with ease, while the steering has a good feel. The quick turn-in gives a nimble, sporty response, while it feels nicely balanced and the cornering grip is good.
A series II version, in 2015, brought further refinement of the steering and suspension, bigger tyres, and in the turbo model a seven-speed DCT replaces the six-speed unit.
With Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty many Velosters will have a portion of the cover remaining.
Most owners seem very happy with the Veloster, although there are a few minor niggles and an occasional horror story – the odd engine or transmission issue, battery failures and electrical problems. Check the service history and a thorough vehicle inspection is worthwhile.
Check all accessories, including the navigation and audio systems – we understand they have a three-year warranty, not the full five-year cover.
Speedo inaccuracy can be an issue. Look closely at the trim, as the leather can become shabby.
3dr (2012-16) $16,100-$28,800
+ 3dr (2012-16) $17,700-$29,300
SR Turbo (2012-16) $20,100-$29,700
SR Turbo + (2015-16) $29,400-$31,900
Street SE (2013-14) $18,600-$20,000
Street Turbo SE (2016) $34,300
Approximate Glass’s Guide prices for a 5dr hatch.
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 8.0-10.5L/100km for non-turbo models. The turbo versions tend to be a little thirsty.
SAFETY: 5-star ANCAP rating.
TOWING: Not recommended.
THE COMPETITION: Kia Cerato Koup, Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, Ford Fiesta ST.
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