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Old 01-09-2012, 09:36 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by SilverSubaab View Post
Did they release pricing yet, I didn't see anything (not sarcasm)? A new GTI can be had for 22-23K for the 2 door, that already comes with a ton of standard equipment, a little more power, and I would bet a lot more refinement. Even as questionable as VW general reliability is, I would not say that it is worse than Hyundai with unproven tech/parts. VW may have the windows stop working, a sway bar endlink crap out, or have a cooling fan die, but the engine will keep going. I would still much rather have a turbo VW engine under my hood than a turbo Hyundai. The current GTI engine has been around for a while and is pretty well sorted out and capable of handling a good bit of power with no to minimal upgrades/work.

Don't get me wrong, I like what Hyundai has been doing and am certainly impressed with all the changes they have been making, but I just don't see this as being something all that interesting unless the car is priced below $20,000, without being stripped out. I just don't think they went far enough with this car in regards to performance, which is what this little car is about (so says the styling, "turbo" on the seats, and that they already have a slower, mundane base model for those who don't want a sporty driving experience). Maybe I am just expecting too much.........
If this car starts at 20k, i would consider buying it over a GTI. It would be a tough decision though. I do like the unique look of the car and it weighs less than GTI so performance is probably equal but the Veloster estimated mpg is much higher. Interior looks good, i agree that they shouldn't have put 'turbo' on the seats but not a big deal. I mean it's good to have more choices in this segment right? Small affordable hatchback with decent power and mpg. Don't really like Mini Cooper, too small i think. What else is there? I do like Volvo C30 but also heavy and even worse mpg with similar performance.
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