2013 Hyundai Veloster vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster dances the line between sporty coupe and sports car with features, fuel economy, impressive handling, and newfound turbo power.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z is your best choice if you're looking for a two-seat hybrid sport coupe, but it doesn't excel in either handling or fuel economy.
The 2013 Beetle Turbo and TDI rightfully stir some excitement, especially with new convertible variants offered, but the base model's still a bit boring.
The 2013 Volvo C30 still has a stunning design, inside and out, but its performance and practicality can easily be beat.
Not quite fast, and not quite nimble, the latest Scion tC is on its way to developing an interesting personality.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas I5Turbocharged Gas I5Gas I4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsTwo SeatersSubcompact carCompact CarCompact Car
Style Name    
3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int3-Door Manual2-Door Manual 2.5L2-Door Coupe Automatic T52-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
CoupeHatchbackCoupeCoupe3 Door Hatchback
Detailed Spec Comparison
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