2014 Hyundai Veloster vs. Its Competition

2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Hyundai Veloster stands apart from its competition, most of which toe the heritage or retro line.

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 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 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.

Overall, in this crowd, 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.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is more sporty coupe than sports car; but with available turbo power and a standout three-door design it isn't short on excitement and flair.
7.0
If you're looking for a two-seat hybrid hatchback coupe, the 2014 Honda CR-Z is your only choice--but many other small cars offer more driving fun, or higher fuel efficiency, often at equal cost.
8.0
The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle ranges from green to sporty, all the while wearing a dapper take on its classic lines.
7.6
The 2014 Scion tC coupe has an interesting personality, made a bit better this year, but it's standing in the shadow of the excellent FR-S sports car.
MSRP From    
$17,800$19,995N/A$21,400$19,210
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4N/APremium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsTwo-SeatersN/ASubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int3-Door ManualN/A2-Door Coupe2-Door HB Manual (Natl)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
42N/A45
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackHatchbackN/AWagonCoupe
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODN/AManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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