Shy and retiring types should probably stop reading, but those who like being seen in something that stands out from the boring automotive crowd will just love the new Hyundai Veloster Street special edition.
Sold only on the Australian market, the Veloster Street was displayed at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney and its outrageous lines and Sonic Silver metallic paint and red leather upholstery gathered plenty of favourable comments. So much so that the decision was made to put it into limited production for we people down under.
Priced from a recommended $24,990 ($27,390 automatic) the Hyundai Veloster has a larger rear spoiler and 18-inch alloys, with stand-out red inserts to match the paintwork.
Teamed with the red leather trim, plush pile floor mats with embroidered ‘Street’ logos make the cabin a special place in which to travel.
‘Street’ badges on the front guards let others know you’re in the driving seat of something out of the ordinary.
Hyundai Street has a 1.6-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) petrol engine and is offered with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
One of the big selling feature of the Hyundai Veloster is that it has a single coupe-style door on one side and front and rear doors on the other side to provide easy access to the back seats.
This really is a four-seat car, not a two-plus-two. Those with long legs and short bodies will be comfortable back there, provided the sun isn’t too strong – because sun can really stream through the glass directly over their heads.
The extra doors are on the left side of the Veloster so passengers can get in from the safety of the kerb. Adults in the back are likely to suffer from the usual coupe complaint of lack of headroom. Kids will be comfortable as far as space is concerned but won’t be able to see much to the side of the car due to the small, high-set rear-side windows.
Veloster has already been a big success in Australian since its early 2012 launch and this new Street edition will do its reputation no harm at all.