GMI Drives: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Sportscar or Kool Aid

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    GMI Drives: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Sportscar or Kool Aid

    Sportscar?

    15 July 2016

    Mick McWilliams
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    It used to be easy to dismiss Korean contributions to the sportscar category, but as with every other facet of the Automotive spectrum, the land of the morning calm has been progressing at an incredible rate.

    My own review of the Genesis showed me that Hyundai now have the build quality and finish to be taken seriously in the luxury department.

    The performance of the i30 now racing to be their number 1 seller in the Australian market since the 1994 Excel, is another demonstration that Hyundai are now a force to be reckoned with.

    Does that translate to their sporting efforts too?



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    Re: GMI Drives: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Sportscar or Kool Aid

    I love the exterior.
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    Re: GMI Drives: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Sportscar or Kool Aid

    I owned a 2012 and Hyundai does not call it a sports car. It is an economy car with really good handling and lots of nice features. I really loved the car and if you are not fixated with 0-60 times it is a very enjoyable car to drive in manual form. The car also has very nice supportive seats as well. I am really over car reviews because most of them make no sense at all to me.

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    Re: GMI Drives: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Sportscar or Kool Aid

    My aunt owned a 2012 model and I thought it was a fun little car. Her Veloster had Hyundai's dual clutch transmission which was the worst aspect of the entire car. It was slow to downshift, confused easily and made the car much slower than it should have been. Other than that and it eating tires every 15-20k miles she loved the car. Eventually she tired of that and the harsh ride and traded for a Accord V6 Touring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rueben44 View Post
    I owned a 2012 and Hyundai does not call it a sports car. It is an economy car with really good handling and lots of nice features. I really loved the car and if you are not fixated with 0-60 times it is a very enjoyable car to drive in manual form. The car also has very nice supportive seats as well. I am really over car reviews because most of them make no sense at all to me.
    Good to hear from an owner. As for the above review, it was originally a commentary, but when you don't have a script it can get a bit wobbly. I was walking along with my 9 year old early last year and saw a Veloster. He asked me if it was a sports car and I hesitated in answering because I really wasn't sure. I think your summary works best, in that it's an economy car with good handling. It was enjoyable though and that's what driving should be about. After all, if it's not fun and uninteresting, then we stop paying attention.

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    Re: GMI Drives: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Sportscar or Kool Aid

    The "What is a sports car?" debate has been going on since well before mikmak was a gleam in the Outback's eye. It is one of those in the eye of the beholder issues that will not be settled. Because, really, at this time, What Difference Does It Make?

    REAL sports cars like MG Midgets, Austin Healey Sprites, TR3s, Austin Healey 3000s, etc. etc. ad infinitum were real sports cars. Many had marginal power, but when you whizzed around in one you KNEW you had been in a sports car.
    Ditto a 911 or 912 Porsche from the '60s or '70s. Or now for that matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rueben44 View Post
    I owned a 2012 and Hyundai does not call it a sports car. .

    Really?

    Better check with Hyundai about that it's listed as a Sports car on their website

    http://www.hyundai.com.au/cars
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    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    Really?

    Better check with Hyundai about that it's listed as a Sports car on their website

    http://www.hyundai.com.au/cars
    On the US Hyundai Website, the Veloster is not called a sports car, it's filed under Compacts/Hatchbacks.
    Maybe the Australian website should align with the US one and frop the word Sports car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post
    On the US Hyundai Website, the Veloster is not called a sports car, it's filed under Compacts/Hatchbacks.
    Maybe the Australian website should align with the US one and frop the word Sports car.
    Since this review was done in Australia how about we go with the Australian site eh
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    Nice review, Mik ... appreciate you posting it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Torches & Pitchforks View Post
    The "What is a sports car?" debate has been going on since well before mikmak was a gleam in the Outback's eye. It is one of those in the eye of the beholder issues that will not be settled. Because, really, at this time, What Difference Does It Make?

    REAL sports cars like MG Midgets, Austin Healey Sprites, TR3s, Austin Healey 3000s, etc. etc. ad infinitum were real sports cars. Many had marginal power, but when you whizzed around in one you KNEW you had been in a sports car.
    Ditto a 911 or 912 Porsche from the '60s or '70s. Or now for that matter.
    All true. Also true is that there are plenty of fast cars out at the moment which you wouldn't really call a sports car. So what is it that makes a car a sports car?

    I liked that the DCT had a certain logic that you needed to master before you could get the most out of it. Likewise, i found the manual one a handy steer but it lost points in my mind because it didn't feel as involving.

    I'm starting to think that a cars ability to initially confound, but eventually be conquered, goes a long way to making it feel sporty.

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    My first car was an Alfa-sud. It had only an 1186cc (yes it wasn't 1885!) and four speeds but because of the way it drove it was, to me, a sporting car if not a sports car. Sure it had a roof and four doors but the thing went really well around corners once you adjusted the tyre pressures. A V8 Holden couldn't keep up with me around the Great Ocean Road where my cornering ability more than made up for lack of acceleration. It could oly do 155kph but it would cruise on 150kph quite OK (we did that coming back from the motor racing at Bathurst once and didn't get booked). I think that the Veloster is cheeky looking enough to get away with being called a sports car. Wouldn't mind habing a drive of one on a good familiar road.

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    So I guess there is a combination of factors there that make it a sports car, most of which relate to confidence and involvement? Do you remember if the steering had a lot of feel? That seems to be a key weakness these days. Most modern cars are overly light (though I understand the benefit of it).
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    Re: GMI Drives: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Sportscar or Kool Aid

    I think there are cars today that could do without powah steering. Oh wait, nobody does **** so the peasantry would whine about how darned difficult it is to steer that sukkah.

    I've had three no-PS cars that I can think of at the moment. The late great Rover '66 2000, the '79~ 'vette, and possibly the '84 Omni. Not sure about that, it was pretty bare-bones.

    Two more. The Renault Dauphine and the VW Superbug. No PS needed!
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    Re: GMI Drives: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Sportscar or Kool Aid

    People who have driven with power steering forget how to drive a car without it. You just have to resist the urge to move the steering wheel until the road wheel starts to turn. then it is not such a big deal for most people without medical conditions..

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