2017 Hyundai Veloster vs. Its Competition

2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 Corolla iM, once a Scion, has a five-door hatchback shape that is far more practical than the Veloster but hardly as eye-catching.

The paragons in this class are the sleek, peppy Mazda 3, and the hatchback version of the new Honda Civic; both are greater-sum cars with ordinary specs and an undeniable composure that seems to be innate to their brands.

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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a economy-car cake pop: it sounds like too much, but its hatchback sensibility really does taste better dipped in a layer of quirk.
7.8
The 2017 Honda Civic gains a hatchback body this year, but we were already sold. It's a very good compact car.
7.3
The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car.
6.3
A versatile, retro throwback, the Volkswagen Beetle offers a decent value but not a lot of high-tech features... kind of like the original.
6.7
The 2017 Mini Cooper is still one of the most fun cars to drive on the road today.
MSRP From    
$18,100$18,740$17,845$19,995$20,950
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name    
ManualLX ManualSport Manual1.8T S AutomaticCooper FWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45545
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackSedanSedanHatchbackHatchback
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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