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
On that subject, Hyundai makes a heck of a fuss of the Veloster's asymmetric doors. As well it might, given the effort. To make a right-hand-drive car demands a long driver's door, a short front passenger door and a left-hand rear door. Plus a shell with the left pillar forward of the right pillar. To do a LHD car means reversing all of those things - a super-costly and ambitious bit of manufacturing. These guys are serious. But does it actually work? Well the back seat is just for two, and they need to be tiny: pre-teens really, where the Scirocco will take young teenagers and the GTC grown-ups. Anyway, a grown-up attempting to get into the Hyundai's rear is likely to clonk their skull on the low roof section - it's a tiny aperture. And if you want to get two kids in there, it takes a while for one to slide across to let the other in. Kids bend in the middle, don't they? Why not just let them wriggle through behind a folded front seat, in time-honoured fashion?