Hyundai Veloster vs. other compact sports vehicles in the same price point


The Hyundai Veloster is the South Korean carmaker’s entry to the local compact sports car category.

One of its main features is its stylish exterior that combines coupe styling and hatchback functionality.

Hyundai Philippines now offers the second-gen Veloster that features the brand’s cascading grille, LED headlamps with DRLs, a sporty rear spoiler with a high-mount stop lamp, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Power comes from 1.6 T-GDI (Turbocharged-Gasoline Direct Injection) mill mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). The powertrain setup of the Hyundai Veloster allows it to generate a maximum power output of 201 horses and 264Nm of torque.

The Veloster uses MacPhersons at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. They are coupled with disc brakes front and back.

Driving amenities include a steering wheel with audio remote, Bluetooth, cruise controls, and paddle shifters, anti-lock brake system (ABS), and rear parking assist system (RPAS).

The Hyundai Veloster is currently offered in a single variant and is priced at P1,798,000.

If the Veloster doesn’t exactly knock your socks off, here are some segment stalwarts that you might be interested in.

Mazda 3 Sportback Premium (P1,510,000)

The Mazda 3 in Sportback Premium offers the same hatch-like design as the Veloster.


Under the hood is Mazda’s own 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G power plant that gently hums under this compact sports car’s bonnet. The gasoline mill is mated to the SkyActive-Drive six-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and can produce a decent 151hp and 200Nm of torque.

Like the Veloster, it does sport MacPhersons at the front although it uses a torsion beam axle setup at the rear. Disc brakes on both the front and the rear provide the necessary stopping power.

The Mazda 3 Sportback Premium trim comes with the Mazda I-Activesense (Active Safety) which includes driver monitoring, front-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and smart brake support.

Honda Civic RS Turbo CVT (P1,615,000)

Another viable option is the Honda Civic RS Turbo CVT variant. Like the aforementioned vehicles, its looks exude fun driving while still having the capacity to offer seating for four.


The Honda Civic RS Turbo CVT draws power from its Earth Dreams Technology DOHC VTEC Turbo engine mated to the Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). It puts out 170hp and 220Nm of torque.

Suspension-wise, you get the standard MacPherson strut and multi-link arrangement although Honda outfits the front suspension with a stabilizer. It uses disc brakes at the front and at the rear.

Driver-assist amenities include vehicle stability assist (VSA), hill start assist (HSA), emergency stop signal (ESS), and other safety features like (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).

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