The Hyundai Veloster was the second best-selling sports car in Australia last year in the under-$80,000 segment, only losing out to the Toyota 86. Sales have been dropping slowly over the years though, mainly, we think, because it has essentially remained the same car since its launch.
Another potential reason sales are dropping may be because there are just so many highly-competitive rivals popping up these days, including the new Mazda MX-5, the awesome little Volkswagen Polo GTI, and even the Subaru WRX which is now priced perilously close to the top-line Veloster Turbo (about $3000 difference).
Under the hood, the Hyundai-Kia’s subcompact crossover, will share its engines with the recently revealed next-generation i30 hatchback, which will likely be the Elantra GT in North America. In global markets, the i30 is offered with a variety of engines including a 1.0-liter turbo-three and a 1.4-liter turbo-four. Korean-spec i30s are even available with the same 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic found in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and in the upcoming Elantra Sport.
Officially, the car is supposed to achieve 219 km/h, so it’s actually under-performing badly. This isn’t the only area where the i30 Turbo leaves something to be desired. For example, it’s city fuel consumption is 9.6 l/100km. That and the base weight are actually inferior figures to those of a Golf GTI.
The bright side is that it’s relatively cheap, costing from €24,350 in Germany, while a Golf GTI is almost 30k. But there are lots of alternatives, our favorites being the Leon FR with the 1.4 or 1.8 TSI and the Ford Focus Black Edition with its 180 PS 1.5 EcoBoost.