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Hyundai Veloster now with powertrain and chassis upgrades in the second series with more driver focused performance features.

Talking about Hyundai’s sporty Veloster Coupe – the Veloster is a rather quirky sports coupe, since last August available in a second series with more driver focused performance features and advanced safety equipment, comfort and convenience equipment. Unlike the disappointing entry 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated manual I drove earlier the 1.6-litre turbo automatic Premium Veloster I’ve just driven was a real performance package – not inexpensive at $41,990 but incorporating a lot more equipment, performance, safety and comfort features for the money – a new multi-link rear suspension is a highlight – but the turbo engine with paddle shifters for the 7-speed dual clutch automatic makes this top spec model a very satisfying driver – it sits flat through corners with great steering feedback in a package that loves to be driven hard.

If you like a driver’s car this is a very satisfying,  unlike the entry 2.0-litre non-turbo manual that was simply hard work behind the wheel. Admittedly, the cost difference between the two is $12,500 but having said that the Turbo Premium is loaded with features – ventilated and heated front seats, powered on the driver’s seat, full leather trim, head up instrument display, a full width glass sunroof, LED headlights, a rear view camera, and a host of active driver assist technologies. The style may not be to everybody’s liking but the build quality is first class which Hyundai just get better and better at.

I’m David Berthon.

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