Veloster Turbo blends fun and practicality in a stylish package

Back in the ‘90s, the automotive landscape was awash with two-door coupes featuring expressive styling but riding on the bones of economy cars with which they shared a platform. Hyundai jumped on board with this trend in 1997—rolling out the Tiburon— built with budget Elantra bits but sporting adventurous styling and a funky interior. The Tiburon enjoyed immediate popularity in the Canadian marketplace, being bought by folks desiring a sporty looking vehicle without a sky-high price tag and upkeep. An easy-handling front-wheel drive chassis and high feature content made it a popular choice.

Tiburon production came to an end in 2009, at which point the South Korean automaker introduced the two-door Genesis Coupe. Sporting a new platform and making the switch to rear-wheel drive, the target market of the Genesis Coupe was a bit different than the Tiburon, leaving those customers adrift. The Veloster appeared in 2011, with its front-drive economy car roots and funky styling, suggesting it as a Tiburon successor the Genesis never claimed to be.

Equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6-litre direct injection engine making 201hp, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo treats buyers to a sport-tuned suspension and three different steering modes: Comfort, Normal, and Sport. Go ahead and lock it to Sport, as that setting tightens up steering responses as best it can and affords the most road feedback of the three modes. At the mall, drivers will appreciate the tight turning circle. Newly designed 18-inch machine finished alloy wheels are shod with low profile 40-series tires, making for a firm ride. The Veloster won’t knock out tooth fillings every time the driver hits a frost heave but neither will it be mistaken for a wallowy ‘70s-era land yacht. Read more...

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08 Jan 2017

By Matthew Guy