2016 Hyundai Veloster vs. Its Competition

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Hyundai Veloster has no peers, and it's no exaggeration to say that it's different from everything else on the market.

That said, there are a few vehicles that we see it being cross-shopped with.

The MINI Cooper Hardtop and VW Beetle have evolved to be a little less quirky, but they carry a lot of design charm.

The current (new) Mini Cooper Hardtop is more fuel-efficient than before and better in some of the practical respects, without losing its sporty character.

The Beetle's better rear suspension and turbo four upgrade the whole driving experience, though we wish the VW had some more sound deadening.

The Scion tC is an unusual design, too, with its hatchback design that looks like a notchback coupe in profile—although it's far more subtle in its styling and overall statement.

One other model to consider is the Scion iM, a five-door hatchback that is far more practical than the Veloster but hardly as eye-catching.

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Quick Specs
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The 2016 Hyundai Veloster is a tough one to classify, but it is what it appears: part sports coupe, part sensible hot hatch, and a lot of quirky.
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The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is a versatile retro compact, with a choice of powertrains and coupe or convertible body styles.
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The 2016 Mini Cooper is as cheeky as its retro style implies—and its three-cylinder engine is a charming surprise.
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The 2016 Scion tC is a practical coupe with decent space and fuel economy, but power and performance are far from exciting.
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The 2016 Scion iM looks the part of the youth-oriented sporty hatchback, but doesn't drive the part.
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The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle offers plenty of powertrain choice and decent practicality in a retro-leaning package.
MSRP From     
$18,000$19,595$20,700$19,385$18,460$20,195
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsMinicompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
3-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Automatic 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition PZEV2-Door HB2-Door HB Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)2-Door Automatic 1.8T Classic *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
444554
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackCoupeHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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