Keep the engine in the peak torque zone and the engine is smooth, if lacking the rorty engine note promised by the large twin tailpipes. Beyond peak torque the engine becomes coarse, so it is more satisfying to short-shift than hold on to a gear. The claimed 8.4sec 0-62mph time isn’t exceptional, but it allows rapid progress to be made.
Tweaks to the steering mean it’s free from the inconsistencies the standard car was berated for, although there’s a vagueness and lightness around the dead-ahead. When pushing on, it lacks the delicacy of the best, but it's still the sharpest Hyundai by some stretch.
The biggest praise is reserved for the retuned suspension setup. Front and rear damping rates have been increased to deliver a planted feel and a well judged ride. It is smooth at speed, with only some mild wind noise around the door mirrors.
The generous equipment list includes leather sports seats, touchscreen navigation, a bodykit and Turbo-specific 18-inch alloys. Only a £950 panoramic sunroof and matt and metallic paint finishes appear on the short options list.
Should I buy one?
Hyundai has worked hard to iron out the deficiencies in the standard Veloster, and it is improved in almost every respect. It's worth remembering a similarly-priced Vauxhall Astra GTC or Volkswagen Scirocco will offer a greater depth of dynamic ability, even if the Hyundai will trump them on equipment.
The biggest deciding factor remains. Will buyers be attracted to the 2+1 asymmetric door layout and quirky looks? Those in search of something different will find plenty to like, those who find it an odd compromise will be better served by a more conventional small coupé.
Hyundai Veloster Turbo SE
Price £21,995; 0-62mph 8.4secs; Top speed 133mph; Economy 40.9mpg; CO2 157g/km; Kerb weight 1313kg; Engine 4 cyls turbo, petrol, 1591cc; Power 184bhp at 5500rpm; Torque 195lb ft at 1500-4500rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual