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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|24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Two-Seaters||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|3-Door Coupe Manual||3-Door Manual||2-Door Manual 1.8T||2-Door HB Manual (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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