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.