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
By the same token Hyundai obviously got the designers to whip themselves into a frenzy, egging them into making a car with lines and bumps and hollows all over the place, and an upper-rear section that can't decide if it's the roof or the back window. Again, we really admire them for thinking of something new, but it's not as coherent as the VW or Vauxhall. It's a proper coupe inside, with a nicely snug driving position. Extrovert dash design, too, though not finished in such nice solid materials as the other two. And it's hard to see out of; thick B-posts block the view over your shoulder, and the rear screen is bisected by a thick horizontal member, with crazily distorting glass above. That's not a deal-breaker though - it's no worse than, say, an Evoque, and you do get park sensors. Hyundai also throws in standard leather, automatic climate control as opposed to manual non-thermostatic aircon, heated seats, 18s, and a glass roof.