Triple test: Veloster vs Astra GTC vs Scirocco
The claws are out, as we unleash three design-led, economical coupes in a catwalk dogfight…
Posted: 13 Apr 2012
Vauxhall has done with the Astra what Renault did with the Megane, and made a three-door hatch different enough from the five-door that it just about gets away with being called a coupe. Meanwhile Hyundai is giving its two-faced Veloster an extramarital affair. On the driver's side, its rakish profile duplicitously acts the single life; on the passenger side, it's quite the family car, with another door for the back seat. OK, maybe it's not fair to cast this eccentric arrangement as deceptively immoral - I actually rather admire Hyundai for coming up with something novel - but, as I'll explain in a bit, I just don't think it works that well. Of these three cars, then, it's only the VW that applies the traditional coupe formula: two doors, low roof, broad hips, small windows. And it does so with some conviction.