2015 Hyundai Veloster vs. Its Competition

2015 Hyundai Veloster
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Hyundai Veloster stands apart from just about everything on the market, but it's most likely to be cross-shopped with vehicles of a similar size and price.

The Scion tC is probably the Veloster's most direct competitor, even though it's more of a traditional coupe; 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.

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 VW had some more sound deadening.

Honda's CR-Z is also a rival to the Veloster, in both shape and performance; despite having a mild-hybrid system, the CR-Z isn't that much more fuel-efficient.

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.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is more sporty hatch than true sports car. Its design is sometimes a demerit, but that makes it no less unique.
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.
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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   
$18,000$19,995$20,295$19,210
Gas Mileage   
24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Compact CarsTwo-SeatersCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name   
3-Door Coupe Manual3-Door Manual2-Door Manual 1.8T2-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4245
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackCoupe
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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