Comparison: 2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Comparison: 2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

If you’re shopping for a hatchback with a next-level turbocharged engine, it’s likely you’re wondering how the 2017 Hyundai Veloster compares to the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Both have intuitive features and impressive performance specs, but one is no doubt a better value when you look at the details. Below, we’ll compare the Veloster to the GTI so drivers in Richmond can see why Hyundai is always a better deal:

Performance and Efficiency

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The Veloster Turbo is becoming a cult favorite in Virginia and beyond, and it’s no wonder. Under the hood, it carries a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine that makes 201 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission or optional with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also features Torque Vectoring Control, 18-inch alloy wheels, Active Sound Control, and special exterior accents – like a ground effects bodykit and a unique front fascia and grille.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Veloster is also more efficient than most models (including the GTI). With an automatic transmission, it gets 28 MPG city and 35 MPG highway, saving drivers $1,000 over five years when compared to the average new car.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The 2017 GTI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. It features sport suspension and an XDS+ Cross Differential System but does not come standard with any performance styling features that differentiate it from other Golf models.

The U.S. DOE reports that the Golf GTI with automatic transmission is average in its efficiency ratings, getting up to 24 MPG city and 32 MPG highway. Despite having the same sized fuel tank, you can go almost 50 miles farther on a full tank in the Veloster.

Features and Tech

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

All models of the 2017 Veloster come equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio technology, Bluetooth wireless tech, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 7-inch display audio, and a rearview camera. The Turbo adds Dimension premium audio with 8 speakers and subwoofer, as well as an electroluminescent gauge cluster, leather seating, and heated front seats with driver lumbar support.

The Tech Package gives you a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, 7-inch touchscreen navigation, BlueLink Connected Car System, Sirius XM Travel link, automatic headlights, and rear parking sensors.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The GTI base model includes Composition Media touchscreen, Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth, USB input, VW Car-Net App-Connect, and a rearview camera system. It also features heated front seats, single-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The Golf GTI does not come available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Upper trims feature Discover Media touchscreen navigation, Sirius XM Travel for three months, and keyless access with push-button start.

Pricing

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Starting at $22,600 MSRP

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Starting at $24,995 MSRP

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