Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Veloster

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - December 17, 2018

When it comes to the compact segment, Hyundai has two strong offerings that have recently received major makeovers. The Hyundai Elantra sticks to its sedan roots but gets sharper styling and more driver-assist features. The Hyundai Veloster also gets a makeover, a more powerful engine, and a more aggressive exterior. Which one should you explore? That's what we'll answer with this comparison.

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What the Elantra Gets Right

The first major difference between the Elantra and the Veloster is pricing. The 2019 Elantra starts at $17,985, while the Veloster is a little more expensive with a starting price tag of $19,385 (prices include destination). Going with the Elantra saves you $1,400.

In addition to saving you money in the initial purchase, the Elantra can also save you money at the gas pump. With the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Elantra achieves an EPA-estimated 32 miles per gallon city, 40 mpg highway, and 35 combined. The thriftiest Veloster, on the other hand, is rated to get 28/34/30 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Because of the Elantra's traditional sedan body style, the vehicle offers passengers with more interior passenger volume. The Elantra has a total of 95.8 cubic feet of space, while the Veloster has 89.9 cubic feet of available space.

What the Veloster Gets Right

Both the Veloster and the Elantra come with the same base engine, but the Veloster is the option that comes with a more potent available powertrain. The Veloster can be fitted with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that's rated to make 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful engine in the Elantra is a 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque.

If you're looking for something that's easy to drive in tight areas, the Veloster is a better fit. The vehicle is roughly 15 inches shorter in length, which makes it easier to park and drive on tight roads. Despite being smaller, the Veloster offers you with a larger cargo area because of its hatchback design. The Veloster has 19.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place, while the Elantra has 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Want Some Extra Versatility?

The Veloster is a sporty hatchback with a quirky design. Hyundai has packed the vehicle with tons of standard features and an available potent engine that puts it into hot hatchback territory. The three-door design and tight rear seat, though, may draw some buyers away from the model.

Our Verdict: Hyundai Elantra

With a more affordable price tag, a traditional four-door layout, and good fuel economy figures, the Hyundai Elantra is the better choice for the majority of drivers. It may not be as fun to drive as the Hyundai Veloster, but it's a value-packed car that's comfortable, quiet, and refined for everyday use.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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