New turbocharged Hyundai Veloster adds Vroom to rangeBy Philip Shoulder
October 09, 2012
Hyundai has unveiled a hot version of the Veloster – the Turbo SE, available in showrooms from September 24th priced at £21,995. The new model offers up 184 bhp and 195lb ft, meaning a claimed manufacturer top speed of 133 mph and 0-62 mph time of 8.4 seconds.
This puts it in direct contention with Volkswagen’s Scirocco 1.4TSI and the Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6i 16v VVT Turbo.
The Veloster Turbo SE is the first Hyundai to use the 1.6-litre T-GDI engine which uses a high-compression, twin-scroll turbocharger that has been tuned for low-end torque between 1500 and 4500 rpm. According to Hyundai, this gives the Turbo SE a more engaging and responsive drive. Like all new cars in this class, emissions and economy play as much importance as performance. The new powertrain is claimed to deliver Co 2 emissions of 157g/km with fuel economy of 40.9mpg on the combined cycle.
Suspension tweaks include the use of firmer dampers than on the standard Veloster - to improve body control and optimise the car for European tastes.
Along with new 18-inch alloy wheel designs with chrome inserts, visual styling changes to mark out the sportier turbo model also include a redesigned front bumper, radiator grille and front fog lights. The rear features a revised bumper, which includes a new fog lamp design plus round twin exhausts and diffuser. A longer and wider rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light is included in the visual changes along with a red ‘Turbo’ badge on the bottom right of the bootlid.
Inside there’s re-designed leather seats with grey panels, with the ‘Turbo’ signature embossed on the driver’s and passenger’s seats.
The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable with lumbar support.
Extra equipment includes Hyundai’s 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system and reverse parking camera with parking guidance.
The navigation option also includes an upgraded audio option of amplifier and eight higher quality speakers including subwoofer.