What is it?
It’s a very early prototype of Hyundai’s asymmetric Veloster, a coupe which sports two doors on one side and a single one on the other. Hyundai thinks it could go on to become the equivalent of its VW Scirocco, or Mini. Some kind of halo model.
It’ll go on sale autumn 2011 but we’ve been allowed a development drive of this early prototype in the UK, specifically to assess which direction the ride and handling should take. Power comes from a 1.6-litre petrol motor.
What’s it like?
The phrase ‘early prototype’ means don’t ‘judge fit and finish’. So I won’t, but the promise is there, with an interesting yet functional cabin.
The driving position is tidy, too, though a spot more travel for the nicely-sized wheel wouldn’t go amiss. The pedals are well spaced and control weights are pleasingly positive.
Our test car’s engine idled quietly and spun freely. The six-speed manual gearshift is precise, with only a little notch when swapping between ratios.
From rest, the steering is well-weighted and linear. The low-speed ride, however, is on the harsh side. There are big vertical movements around town, with none of the suppleness we’ve come to expect in, say, Hyundai’s own i30.