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HYUNDAI VELOSTER HAS THE VROOM FACTOR By Brian Foley

The Hyundai Veloster is not a performance car or a hot hatch, but its rather kinky styling gives it the vroom factor to appeal to sporty types and which makes it stand out in a crowded street or car park. The Veloster takes over from the Hyundai Coupe which brought supercar styling down to an affordable level and was instrumental in raising the general profile of Hyundai. Where as the Coupe was a conventional design, the Veloster breaks the mould with its unique twin doors on the passenger side for safe entry and exit, and a single door on the driver's side. The rear end styling really looks the business to add to the overall go-faster look. There are several other sporty touches both inside and outside, plus an optional panoramic sunroof, and a carbon body styling kit.

The low slung Veloster feels great on the road with leech-like cornering and sharp handling. Unlike many spory cars, the suspension is not too hard which makes for better ride comfort over indifferent surfaces. The built in fun factor makes the Veloster most enjoyable to drive, with plenty of usable power from the 1.6 litre petrol engine with its slick 6-speed manual gearbox. Top speed is around the 200km/h mark, 0 to 100km in under 10 secs.

Biggest plus factor of the Veloster is its practicality for everyday driving in town and country alike, with room in the back for the little pople to also enjoy this sporty noimber with a difference.