HYUNDAI BELOSTER NEW CUSTOM CAR MODIFICATION
The company’s engineers insist that both a diesel and high-powered turbo version are being considered for the future, and we hope that’s the case, as the chassis certainly feels like it could handle some extra performance.
The ride and handling of these prototypes is in its final stages, and ride comfort has improved significantly over the mules we drove back in April.
The spring rates have been decreased, and the dampers firmed up, and even on the optional 18-inch wheels the Veloster feels more composed then before, even if the occasional jolt still intrudes the cabin. The changes may become part of a specific right-hand drive setup designed with Britian’s unforgiving tarmac in mind.
Combined with the excellent cabin refinement, the Veloster should be an accomplished cruiser too, and while the one-plus-two asymmetric door layout might take getting used to, it’s a practical addition, and with 60:40 folding seats and a 320-litre boot as well, the Hyundai is certainly more flexible than its rivals.
There are still niggles – there’s not enough headroom for driver or passengers, especially if you’re over 6ft tall, and the lack of a sportier engine note can make it feel a little lacking in character, but as an overall package the Veloster is shaping up to be a real contender.