Okay, I have had the car now for just over a week, so thought I would put my thoughts together as people have asked me.
I will group my thoughts into sections.
I am a big fan of this cars design on the outside. As quite a few people have already told me, its hard to compare it to anything else on the road right now. Sure, it has taken obvious nods from Audi, I believe, with the aggressive black front grill and LED accent eye lights. But it also has its own unique look. I've had several people looking at the car when driving by or when parked. Its an attention grabber, that's for sure. I was previously driving an Elantra GLS. Also a nice car, but now they are everywhere. What I like about the VT is it is new and and you have that sense of exclusivity, albiet for a limited time no doubt. I really can't flaw the design hardly at all. Except for 2 things. I was hoping for some HID lights base. And finally the 3-door design. Aside from wanting to be different, there is no reason you couldn't have made this a 4-door car. And I would have preferred that.
The interior design I wouldn't say is as unique as the exterior. The quality build is pretty good, but again comparing the outside feels like they saved their dollars inside. A lot of the inside has been done before. But I can say going from an Elantra GLS to a VT you definitely see similarities and subtle changes. I like the leather inside the car and the textile look on the dash. The back doesn't have as much room as the Elantra GLS, but still can fit most average sized humans comfortably.
Truck space is pretty good. Probably a bit less than the Elantra GLS, except the VT is deeper. Both back seats can still go back, so extra room is available. No issues here for me.
Again going from an Elantra GLS to this is how I have to compare this. And in this area the VT is great. The touch based Nav screen is great. It boots up pretty quickly. Response time is fast. The Media Streaming is a great feature that I love. I use to hate having to have my phone plugged in all the time to listen to my music. Now I only take the cable out and plug it in to actually charge the phone. The Push Start/Proximity Key is great. Love the backup camera. I was surprised by the quality. Better than I expected. The power sun roof is great, however, my little problem here is that while it automatically opens with one push of the button, to close it you must hold down the button. With the Elantra GLS both open and close were one push. Its odd the VT didn't get this too.
Bluetooth is handy as usual. And I find this one is more responsive and easy to use than the Elantra GLS.
The 450 watt 8 speaker "Dimension" audio system is a pretty big upgrade from the Elantra GLS. Audio in all areas is improved here. And the car actually has bass, unlike the poor simulated one in the Elantra GLS. I enjoy the dynamic audio detection for when you speed up the car and the audio compensates to increase. Although this was here with the Elantra as well.
An added bonus was the extra spare tire hidden in the trunk. I read reports that non-Canadian owners were not being provided one.
I have a lot of fun driving this car. If I could only describe one word on the drive of this car. I would just say "fun". It doesn't bump all over the place, even on rougher roads. Tight turns don't have your whole body moving towards the direction you are turning. It has the boost it needs to get off to a fast start. Even though I don't do this a lot, I've won several green light start passes. Sure, the car can go pretty fast, but I even enjoy the ride on this car going 30-40, taking it down to the beach along the waterfront with my girl.
Gas mileage is kinda a downer. The Elantra GLS is much better on gas, but I knew this buying it. But the way I look at it there are still other cars out there that get less.
I don't think the VT will be for everyone, of course. It is targeted at a younger demographic, but so are Mazda 3's and not only do I see a lot of those, I see a lot of people in their 50-60s driving them. You can never quite judge who is going to buy.
Pre-2010 if you told me Hyundai was a great car marker, I would have laughed at you. And if you told me in 2012 I'd own one myself, I would have laughed at you. This has all changed. They have come a long way in a short amount of time. When I spoke to my insurance broker she said she has seen a big increase in new Hyundai clients. I'm not surprised, and the competition should be worried.