Is The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Any Match For The Honda Civic Type R?

Hyundai’s high-performance lineup has finally arrived in America thanks to the launch of the 2019 Veloster N.

Designed to compete with hot hatches such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the model starts at $27,785 and features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. Early reviews of the model have been pretty positive, but how does it stack up against the Honda Civic Type R?

It’s a bit of an apples to orange comparison, but the Civic Type R has an edge on the performance front as features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 306 hp (228 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque. However, the model is significantly more expensive as prices start at $35,700. This means the model costs thousands of dollars more than the range-topping Veloster N with the N Performance package which boasts an upgraded engine with 275 hp (205 kW / 278 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the comparison. Starting with the Civic Type R, KBB says it has all the ingredients for a “tasty high-performance stew.” That isn’t the only thing going for the model as the extra power means the car can easily beat the Veloster in a drag race.

The Veloster N isn’t as shouty as the Civic Type R, but there are still plenty of styling details which separate the N from the standard model. One of the more noticeable is the sports exhaust system which sounds great.

While the Veloster N has a lot going for it, the interior is a bit disappointing as the materials aren’t as nice as those used in the Civic. Unsurprisingly, the rear seats are also pretty cramped.

On the plus side, both cars offer excellent handling. However, the Civic Type R is deemed slightly better for more experienced drivers.

So who wins? The review says drivers do as both cars are great, although they each excel in slightly different areas.


  • Ben

    Some people hate the Type-R’s styling. I don’t mind it, its just the fake intakes…why Honda…WHY!? My 4Runner has a fake hood scoop, but at least its not glaringly fake. The Type-R’s intakes look like construction paper with four holes poked into it then stapled onto the car.

    • SteersUright

      Type R looks best in Black or Red, I think. And, though its an extreme car that also looks “extreme” it does so in a very juvenile way, while packing a very adult price tag. If it was $25k, way fewer would complain. At nearly $40k with tax, the adults who can afford it likely hoped Honda would deliver something a bit classier like an S2000 replacement or mini-NSX type sports car, not this capable, hideous beast.

    • xstriker1

      I just can’t get past the 4 doors ! A more sporty 2 door design hatch is what’s needed.

      • David Lombana

        Except 2 door hatches don’t sell anymore. RIP 2 door GTI, and that was THE car in the segment to make that argument since they sell so wellI! In all seriousness practicality matters the most in hot hatches and 4 doors is just easier for storage and with the high belt lines of today your passengers will thank you for having a real seat. Modern coupes may have a bigger footprint but they’re still not close to being that one car solution for everyone.

        • xstriker1

          Thanks for your reply and a fairly logical explanation. However, there’s a market for all design models, and manufacturers can adjust to those variations by controlling the quantities made for a specific model (there are plenty of other coupes still being manufactured). I wouldn’t consider seating capacity, entrance/exit convenience a factor for this type of high performance/fun to drive car. The 2 door “N” seems to present itself well, but imagining it in a 4 door makes me ill.

  • FordMopar

    They admitted it’s apples to oranges, so why the F are they doing this? It’s terrible. Stick with Si trim so we can actually see how well the N can do against Si. This is like how does Cruze RS do against Audi S3. Jeeez…

    • SteersUright

      Because the Veloster Turbo R or whatever its called, is priced up against the Gti and Si, while the “N” is somewhere in-between that and the Type R/Golf R. That said, it seems right in the middle as far as performance too. And, I think some people were hopeful it would be close to a Type-R on performance, at a lower price.

      • FordMopar

        It’s 250 horsepower. Focus ST has like couple more than that and competes with Si and GTi.

      • Eric Kim

        Read the title, what do you mean whatever its called.. you ignorant BST… it’s called Veloster N!!

        • Matt

          He was referring to the model below the N.

  • SteersUright

    Both look like a blast to drive and very capable daily-drivers. That said, they’re both way too unattractive to me. Sporty or sports car design should be far more attractive than every day cars. In this case, one is ridiculous and the other is boring. They should’ve just asked Mazda to help them out.

    • javier

      right except mazda cars are even worse, all style and no go , zoom zoom lol, i’ll take ugly and fast any day

      • Charles

        ALL Mazdas too girly for my taste. Sorry girls…

  • Wandering_Spirit

    In terms of ugliness they really go head to head. Rarely i have seen uglier cars in this segment. Past that, they have no other areas in which they should compete. The Type R is on another planet.

  • Axiom Ethos

    The N costs thousands less so obv they have to make sacrifices somewhere and they chose interior – which I don’t blame them. I think the N is a great deal for the money and has good looks compared to the R, or atleast not as many busy elements. Less storage or passenger space though makes it less utility and more for just as a fun car to throw around. I think if you can get around the styling of the R though, it’s probably worth the extra. But 30k may be a stretch already for some people. Perhaps there’s a market space for both of these cars, only time will tell. It does help that Ford is now out of the scene and a Mazda3speed isn’t on the horizon any time soon.

  • xstriker1

    Is it just me, but doesn’t the sedan style 4 doors design of the R seem to detract from the essence of its high performance purpose ?!

    • Matt

      It’s just you.

      • xstriker1

        I can hardly wait for the 4 door Corvette, Mercedes AMG GT, Mazda Miata, BMW M2, Porsche 911, Subaru BRZ, Mustang, Nissan GT-R, Audi TT, Challenger Hellcat, or even the Honda Civic SI !!!

        • Matt

          Then you didn’t understand anything I said. Those cars you mention are not ‘hot hatches’.

          • xstriker1

            I understood, but disagree. They are niche cars manufactured by companies that also manufacture sedans, coupes, hatches, SUV’s, mini vans, etc. So, your theory of limiting model styles for cost reductions doesn’t seem to make complete sense. Is the “R” a hot hatch, a family sedan, or a high performance sport car ? Honda apparently wants it to be all three most likely to appeal to a diversified market…they want it all (3) ways. As far as I’m concern it’s an ugly sports car with 4 doors and a hatch. If it’s suppose to be a “hot hatch”, 4 doors isn’t an attractive design, I doubt if many drivers will purchase one so they can easily strap their 2 year old in the back seat, or load up the hatch with diapers and groceries while they red line the gears and take off ramps at 75 MPH ! IMO, it’s a car with an identity problem. If it was a 2 door hatch I’d have no problem putting it on my shopping list. As a 4 door…NO WAY ! BTW…thanks for a mindful discussion.

  • Blade t

    The both look fun to drive ..

  • Ben Gilmore

    Thought I’d get an actual drivers comparison but this is just marginally better than comparing the two cars via spreadsheet.

  • ProDigit

    AAAnd no mpg review?
    Interior, driving comfort?
    I’d go for the veloster N, simply because it’s cheaper, and you don’t need more than 250/275 HP in the city anyway.

    I currently have a Fiesta ST, and was thinking of adding 50HP extra to it. Other than that, it’s a blast to ride.

    • DMax

      Another FiST owner! I’ve tuned mine with Mountune flash tune, it really opens it up. Everything else I feel is a waste of money, the car doesn’t need anymore power than that, lack of LSD already feels with just a tune.

      • ProDigit

        how does the Mountune flash tune compare to sports mode?
        I bought a nearly new Fist (40 miles on the dot) for half the price of a Veloster N.

        • DMax

          Hmmm… not sure what you mean by sports mode? There aren’t any modes except for traction control “modes”. But the difference is huge compared to stock, especially in 1st and 2nd gears as it removes the torque limiter, but you get quite a lot of wheel spin if you don’t feather the throttle.

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