That accolade probably falls to the Veloster Turbo, introduced to Britain half a dozen years ago. It doesn't carry the 'N' badge, and its remit was far less focused than the new i30, but we're all for a performance curios on PH - and there's actually one for sale at very nearly half its new price.
"So what?" You're probably thinking. But those who drove the VT found plenty to be impressed by. "Flick through some esses or hare along some undulations and you'll discover excellent body control", "a cracking little performance car" and "it's hard not to like this little coupe" are just three comments to be found in three separate reviews, making it more than worthy of some attention.
Given the Turbo was only expected to make up 10 per cent of Veloster sales - a car which was already a niche choice - it shouldn't come as a surprise to find just one lurking in the PH classifieds. Still, it looks like a good one, the blue paint far more interesting than the grey so many cars were seen in and the condition as presentable as you might reasonably expect from a five year-old car with just 20,000 miles.
Add all that into the five-year warranty that the Veloster will have just come out of (or may well still be covered by for a few weeks), and the resulting package is quite appealing. There are sharper driving hot hatches and coupes out there, but the Veloster's blend of rarity, curio appeal and performance should keep it on the radars of those willing to think a bit differently. You're not likely to bump into another at the supermarket, that's for certain.
SPECIFICATION - HYUNDAI VELOSTER TURBO
Engine: 1.6-litre, 4-cyl turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 186@5,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 195@1,500rpm
Recorded mileage: 21,000
Year registered: 2013
Price new: £21,995
Yours for: £11,995
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