Hyundai’s UK range gets some much-needed velocity in the form of the Veloster Turbo SE, which will come to showrooms on September 24 bearing a £22k sticker price. Its turbocharged 1.6 litre T-GDI engine produces 184 hp – that’s 17 less than the North American version, but the same max torque of 265 Nm between 1,500rpm and 4,500 rpm.
A six-speed manual gearbox with wider gear ratios complements the performance figures to yield a 0-100 km/h time of 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 213 km/h, while firmer dampers help it stay poised at speed.
Visually it’s pretty similar to the Turbo that premiered Stateside at Detroit’s NAIAS – a more aggressive front bumper and grille, twin tailpipes, rear diffuser and spoiler, 18-inch alloys and so on. However, it seems this SE adds a choice of White Crystal (solid) and Phantom Black (pearl) colours to the existing Matte Grey. The white is a no-cost option, while the black and grey call for an additional £445 and £525 respectively.
Standard fitment includes redesigned leather seats, an eight-speaker sound system and 7-inch touch-screen with GPS, media centre and reverse camera with parking guidance. Buyers can have a panoramic sunroof for an extra £950.
The standard Veloster turned heads with its unique asymmetrical door configuration when it was launched in 2011. Its 1.6 litre direct-injected Gamma engine pushes out 138 hp and 167 Nm of peak torque.