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Sunday, July 12, 2015

FULL Review: Hyundai Veloster Turbo

In this blog entry, I'm going to review the New Veloster Turbo.  The Veloster Turbo was launched in Malaysia back in April 2015.  It comes in 2 variants.  It's priced OTR as below:
Above:  Looks best in this Sunflower yellow colour.  My favourite colour.

1) Turbo: RM148,118.55 without Insurance (below)

2) Turbo Sport: RM151,745.87 without insurance (above)

For Malaysian market, we get the UK-spec 186ps@5500rpm and 265Nm of torque at 1500-4500rpm mated with 7 speed DCT Dual Clutch gearbox.

EXTERIOR Highlights:

 There's 2 different side profiles of the Veloster.  Left, 2 doors, Right side, 1 door.  Photo shown, Sport Version with Sports decals, bodykits and Orange dash inserts and orange Turbo stitchings.

The Veloster Turbo has a Bold front end with Large Hexagonal radiator grille, matte black and edged in black chrome matched with  HID projectors with LED Day-running lights.  At the rear, Dual-center twin-barreled mufflers tipped in chrome.  This is sportiness.  The twin tip centre exhanst, stylishly shaped and embedded into the rear bumper topped with Rear diffuser sets the Veloster Turbo apart from Standard Veloster.


The Veloster Turbo comes with Full Leather Seats ( with Turbo stitching side lining) with 2 different colours.  

Top Veloster Turbo Std, Below, Veloster Turbo sport.

-8 Speakers with Amplifier and SubWoofer
-Build In Bluetooth Connection
-7" TFT Touch Screen Audio Device
-Panoramic Sunroof
-Full Auto Air Conditioning
- Supervision cluster
-Reverse Camera
-Smart Key with Push Start Button
- 60:40 split folding rear seats.
- 380 litres boot space.

What's it like to drive?
A regular Veloster feels lethargic and feels flat at low revs and frantic at high revs.  Standard 18" alloys and low profile 225/40R18 tyres makes uncomfortable ride at the expense of decent handling.  

The turbocharged engine changes the whole car, with a keen, precise and minimal lag pull from low revs. Its torque delivery is strong and impressively linear, though once you’re past 5000rpm its delivery tails off a little and its vocals become quite unpleasant to the ears. Overall, the engine is pleasing in its power delivery but unsatisfying in soundtrack.
Ultimate acceleration isn't very special as Hyundai claim is 8.4sec to 0-100km/h – but you can cover ground very quickly in this car thanks to its strong mid-range energy and confident overtaking ability. No sporting Hyundai has felt as rapid and capable as this one.
The gear ratios suit it well and the brakes have an unusually solid, progressive action. There's a touch of steering tug if you accelerate hard out of a tight bend, a bit of dynamic spirit too easily quelled by an intrusive traction and ESP system. You can switch it off, but under really aggressive driving you might still catch glimpse of a flashing orange light. The steering itself is naturally weighted, as promised, and the action is properly precise. 

Safety Highlights:

Safety wise, the Veloster Turbo comes with 6 Airbags as standard.  There's a complete kit of Stability control namely Vehicle Stability Management system (VSM) + Electronic Stability Control (ESC) + Hillstart Assist Control (HAC).

In the braking department, the Veloster Turbo comes with Front Ventilated Discs and Rear Solid discs with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) + Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) + Brake Assist (BA).  
Lastly, the Veloster Turbo B-pillar impact management.  For protection in a collision, reinforced sheet steel are used in the dash cross, side, pillars and roof structure.

Verdict: The Veloster Turbo's very likable car.  Especially in Sunflower yellow (above).  The addition of 3rd door makes it more practical.  I'm 5 feet 9 and I'm proud to say I fit in the rear seats with decent comfort.  Rating: 9/10.

If you want to buy this car, please call Jefferson Lim at 012-6852-718.  Location Setia Eco Park, near Setia City Mall.  

Without further ado, let's proceed to Photo gallery as a picture's worth 1000 words:


End of Turbo sport gallery.

That's all folks, thanks for the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An original Jefferson Lim production.  Please, link back OR give credit to this blog if you want to copy. Copy like a man, don't plagiarise.

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