What should I buy: Hyundai Veloster or Mazda MX-5?

Hi John,

My husband bought a Hyundai Santa Fe last year on your advice, and we couldn't be happier with the car and the process of purchasing it through your team.

I have a 2007 Mazda MX-5. It has been an absolute joy & has never missed a beat. We are handing it over to our daughter.

I love the classic look of the MX-5 & was just going to order the new one when I spotted the Hyundai Veloster turbo. I'm fascinated with its look & design. From your point of view what would you advise: MX-5 or Veloster?

Thank you,

Hyundai Veloster

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5

Hello Carol,

I'm glad the Santa Fe is going well, and I give you 11 out of 10 as a mum in relation to donating a very cool car to your daughter.

To motoring purists, MX-5 and Veloster SR Turbo are very different. MX-5 is a rear-drive sports car with exceptionally pure handling (important if you’re a complete performance driving enthusiast) and/or is just a very cool convertible. Veloster is front-drive and faster in a straight line, but not as pure in the handling experience department. (Still pretty engaging, however.) Veloster’s looks are a polariser - one mum’s ‘gorgeous’ is another mum’s ‘ugly’ there - in other words, totally subjective on beauty/ugliness. It doesn't get to many indifferent responses, however: people either like it or hate it.

Veloster's three-door design is a quirk with a practical facet. Two doors on the passenger’s side mean the people get out on the kerb side, which is probably safer. (There’s a single big door on the driver’s side, like a coupe.) And, while the rear seat’s not that practical for long trips in the Veloster, it’s more practical than the MX-5’s (nonexistent) rear seat… For day-to-day practicality I'd have to say 'Veloster' but if the hubby's Santa Fe is the family wagon and the second car is mum's toy, the MX-5 is also very tempting.

You're looking at a proposition with two 'right' answers as they're both good cars. Longer warranty on the Hyundai (5yrs vs 3 for the Mazda) but the Mazda actually has a longer service interval (because turbo petrol Hyundais need a service every six months to maintain the warranty. In this case the services at 6, 18, 30 months, etc., are only minor (oil changes, basically). THey're both good companies, and both vehicles appear to be quite reliable.

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John Cadogan