One is a hotshot upstart eager to make an impression. The other is a warhorse with a pedigree. When the two meet, you can expect the conflicting personalities to clash and then gel for our viewing delight -- the old "opposites attract" precept never fails, right? It worked for Messrs. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. Based on those two archetypes, you can guess where this comparison is going. Let's ID our vehicular contestants. Suspect 1: baby-faced Hyundai Veloster Turbo in arrest-me Boston Red. Suspect 2: a seasoned Reef Blue Mini Cooper S Clubman with stripes over a fair portion of its body. But unlike in the movies, there'll be no buddying up today.
Need back stories? The Veloster Turbo is straight out of its South Korean academy, the upgrade for a still-fresh, bizarrely styled three-door hatchback sold by a brand better regarded for its economy cars. True to its value-oriented family roots, the bottom line is in its favor, with a $22,725 base price bringing 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque (46 and 47 percent more, respectively, than the standard Veloster), plus a body kit. For an as-tested $25,320, tech goodies like navigation and backup sensors compete with the lovely panoramic sunroof for attention. In contrast, Mini should petition to be renamed David, given its documented prowess in turning out giant-slaying fun-mobiles. I like to think all modern Minis have a "Keepin' It Real Since 1959" engraving hidden somewhere. But value? Only if you lean on phrases like "the long list of options and packages is totally worth it."
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