Interior and conclusion

The Swift Sport might be the more compact car here but its “regular” hatchback body style means it offers a more practical and spacious interior, especially for rear passengers. Legroom is surprisingly adequate despite the large front seats and headroom is never a problem, even for taller adults. The Suzuki isn’t as spacious when it comes to the luggage area though – the boot lacks depth and width but at least the rear seat backs can be folded down to extend the load area when required. 

 Obviously, the Veloster’s rear passenger compartment can be accessed from either side of the car but it’s a no-brainer to enter via the driver’s side if there’s an extra door for easier access on the passenger side. Despite the convenience of the rear door, ingress and egress requires some gymnastics as the drooping roof line and hence the shape of the doors mean you’d have to bend your neck quite a bit to get into the rear compartment. Once inside, headroom is again limited by the sloping roof while legroom is just about average for a compact coupe. The panoramic sunroof adds a sense of airiness in the cabin, which in turn helps rear passengers from feeling too claustrophobic. The boot area is better packaged and more useable than the Swift’s.

Up front in the Veloster, the dashboard shares its basic flowing architecture with the Elantra’s and i45’s, and together with the door trims, once again shows off Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design themes and lines. The triangular door handles mimic the Scirocco’s while the grab handle like sides of the gear lever console harks back to the first generation TT’s. The sizable engine start button sits on the lower part of the centre console while a 7-inch LCD colour touchscreen infotainment system takes centre stage higher up.

 The Swift Sport’s interior has been kitted out with go-faster bits to differentiate it lesser Swift models as well as to give it a sportier ambience. These sporty elements include a pair of comfortable and supportive sports bucket seats for the driver and the front passenger. They are also positioned much lower than those in the old model for a sportier driving position. A red-on-black colour scheme for the interior lifts the cabin atmosphere a tad. The dash architecture is same as a standard Swift’s, which is not really a bad thing. The Sport has its dials recessed within chrome rings and a three-spoke leather steering wheel.

The Veloster and Swift Sport are both relatively affordable hatchback models that appeal to the young and those who want more than just a car to get them from A to B. As to which car is better though, largely depends on your concept of fun. If you’d prefer something that offers a fun and funky character and style then the Veloster trumps the more conventional looking Swift Sport here but if your idea of fun involves getting behind the wheel then there’s simply no other car that is better at or anywhere near the Swift Sport’s price point.

 

Editor: Both cars possess great character and practicality. Tell us, which would you choose?

In Summary

We Like

Hyundai: Distinctive looks, the vanity factor to those doors, well-equipped. Suzuki: Pesky nature, agile dynamics, superb steering, practical five-door body style, lively engine, it’s a hot Swift

We Don't

Hyundai: Doesn’t drive as sporty as its looks or character, some overtly racy styling details on the outside, engine can sound gruff when revved hard. Suzuki: A manual transmission makes it even more fun, can do with more poke, looks too much like the old car

Verdict

The Veloster and Swift Sport delivers their fun in different ways – the Veloster is fun in the way it looks while the Suzuki is fun in the way it drives. As driving enthusiasts we’d prefer the Swift’s driving fun over the fun character and unique styling of the Veloster.

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Engine

Engine Capacity 1591cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 140bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 167Nm @ 4850rpm
Power to Weight 111.1 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 10.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DCT
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4220 x 1790 x 1339) mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Kerb Weight 1260 kg
Boot Capacity 320 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L

Brakes

Engine

Engine Capacity 1586cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (78 x 83)mm
Power 134bhp @ 6900rpm
Torque 160Nm @ 4400rpm
Power to Weight 123.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 185 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed CVT
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3890 x 1695 x 1510) mm
Wheelbase 2430 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1085 kg
Boot Capacity 210 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs