2017 Hyundai Veloster vs Ford Focus ST

The Hyundai Veloster is probably best known for its unusual look and three-door design, but especially in its turbo form, this unique car has a lot more to offer than just its doors. The Ford Focus in its ST trim is another sporty little car that can be a lot of fun, so let's see how it compares to the 2017 Hyundai Veloster in a head-to-head confrontation.

2017 Hyundai Veloster vs Ford Focus ST

Styling: Hyundai Veloster

On the whole, automakers' attempts at creating new body styles haven't turned out well. One notable exception is the Hyundai Veloster. This unique coupe has two doors on the passenger side and one on the driver's side, yes, but also offers a wildly attractive,curvaceous roofline that exudes an impression of speed. It's hard to say if it's a three-door or a four-door hatch, but either way it's very easy to like.

The Focus ST is way more attractive and desirable than the non-performance Focus models, which can look more than a little dull at times. The problem is that, despite a 2015 refresh, the Focus design has been around a while and it's starting to show.

Interior: Hyundai Veloster

Having that extra passenger door makes getting in and out of the back of the Veloster nice and easy, while still keeping the majority of thetwo-door coupe styling that buyers love. Those in the front still get the best deal, though, with ample leg room and lots of adjustment options. The back seat is tight, but this is a compact hatch after all. Overall, the Veloster's quality is pretty good, with turbo models getting standard leather seats that are heated in the front.

The Focus ST has a similar story, although those in the front could have more room for their legs if it wasn't for the space-robbing dashboard design. Folding the seats is more involved than it should be, and the styling of the interior is also starting to age. You wouldn't really see either as a family car for the long-term, but the better quality and style of the Veloster gives it the edge.

Power and Performance: Ford Focus ST

The sporty exterior profile of the Hyundai is backed up by frisky and enjoyable performance. Base models get ample performance from a 1.6-liter inline-four developing 138 horsepower, but that engine is blown away by the twin-scroll turbo that's also available. This turbo is another 1.6-liter four-cylinder, but this time it puts out a lively 201 horsepower. Manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions are available for both.

You won't find an automatic transmission option for the Focus ST, but that's entirely understandable when you discover it comes with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four that puts a sensational 240 horsepower at your disposal. A six-speed manual is entirely appropriate then, which helps the Focus ST to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, and a win here over the Hyundai.

Fuel Economy: Hyundai Veloster

The best fuel economy possible with the Veloster comes from the standard engine with the dual-clutch automatic, which is rated by the EPA at 28 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.

You pay a slight penalty in terms of fuel economy for all the power delivered by the Focus ST. Even so, its figures of 22 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined are pretty good, but not good enough to match the Veloster.

Learn More about the Hyundai Veloster

Buyers have to go to the Focus ST trim level to get performance that rivals what the 2017 Hyundai Veloster delivers throughout its range. The Ford Focus ST is a great little car that's a lot of fun to drive, but it comes at a hefty price of $24,775. You can have a Veloster from as little as $18,100, and even the top-of-the-range dual-clutch Veloster Turbo in Orange comes in at a thousand dollars less than the Ford. All things considered then, the Hyundai Veloster looks like the far better buy here.

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