An unconventional attitude sets the Hyundai Veloster apart from its competition, most of which toe the heritage line.
We like how the MINI Clubman and VW Beetle have evolved with turbo power of their own; we doubt the Clubman's added utility, but it still behaves like a Cooper, and has endless custom options on order.
The Beetle's better rear suspension and turbo four upgrade the whole driving experience, and so does Fender sound, though we wish the extra sound deadening still would show up for duty.
The Volvo C30 costs thousands more, yet its purpose (and market position) overlaps somewhat with that of the Veloster; the C30 is quicker, but the Veloster feels comparatively leaner and more nimble—and it's more versatile.
The Honda CR-Z is also a rival to the Veloster; despite having a mild-hybrid system, the CR-Z isn't that much more fuel-efficient.
The Veloster feels closer to a sports car, with a balanced, surefooted handling feel, while having a more spacious interior and better long-distance comfort.
Finally, the Scion tC is probably the Veloster's most direct competitor; the Hyundai has a far more spacious, comfortable interior, with more usable cargo space and versatility.
The Scion, meanwhile, has a far more torquey engine and feels stronger off the line, but it pays the price with fuel economy numbers that are nearly 10 mpg lower on the highway.
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|24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I5||Turbocharged Gas I5||Gas I4|
|Compact Cars||Two Seaters||Subcompact car||Compact Car||Compact Car|
|3-Door Coupe Manual w/Red Int||3-Door Manual||2-Door Manual 2.5L||2-Door Coupe Automatic T5||2-Door HB Manual (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Coupe||Hatchback||Coupe||Coupe||3 Door Hatchback|