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Pros: The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is a fun little coupe with one-of-a-kind looks, dynamic handling, and plenty of bang for your buck. It's also a practical one with a convenient liftgate in the rear and an extra door on the passenger side.

Cons: Of course, some people don't like the polarizing exterior. Rear visibility and rear-seat room are not a strong suit of the Veloster, either. Also, the relative lack of power and a slow throttle response are issues, especially for takeoffs. 

2015 Hyundai Veloster Price: Pricing for the Veloster starts at $18,299, then increases to $19,849 in SE trim, and $23,799 in Tech trim. In all three cases, the dual-clutch transmission (DCT) costs an extra $1,400. 

2015 Hyundai Veloster Fuel Economy: Six-speed manual Velosters are rated at 9.0/6.7L (city/highway) per 100km. Those equipped with the DCT drink a little less, as evidenced by their ratings of 8.6/6.6L per 100km.

Improvements and Changes: No significant changes.

Powertrain: The Veloster uses a 1.6L ‘Gamma’ 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Both manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions are available, each featuring six gears of fun. The Veloster is exclusively front-wheel drive.

Cargo Capacity: The 60/40 split folding rear seats help expand the trunk's 440 litres of cargo space. 

Safety: The Veloster comes standard with six airbags (front, front seat-mounted side, and side curtain) on all trims. Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control systems are standard fare as well. Tech models add a rearview camera and rear parking assist.

Comparing the 2015 Hyundai Veloster: The funky Veloster competes with other compacts such as the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus Hatchback, MINI Cooper, and Scion tC.