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The Hyundai Veloster is at a strange crossroads at the moment. Like its Genesis Coupe stablemate, it looks fast and sporty but it's more comfortable being a touring car. 

Under the hood is a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 201hp. At P1,588,000 it should be considered a bargain compared to sports cars in its price range like the Toyota 86 and the Mazda MX-5. But the sporting nature of those two Japanese models is what distances them from this Korean hatchback. 

However, if you want a head-turning three-door vehicle (as you may know, this has a unique door configuration) that you can drive for hours comfortably, the Veloster should be on your shortlist. I did a quick drive to Pampanga with it and it was a pleasant road companion. The ride is smooth, the NVH is good, and the cabin feels much more premium than the typical Elantra or Tucson. In other words, you do get what you're paying for, as long as you know what to expect. 

For a better look at this unique offering from Hyundai, click play on the video above. 

Dinzo Tabamo
Executive Editor
Dinzo has been fascinated with cars since he was 12 years old, when he picked up a car magazine in his cousin's bedroom. It is a passion that never waned.
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