2019 Honda Civic Type R Vs. 2020 Hyundai Veloster N

By Justin Cupler | August 4th, 2020

The hot hatchback is making a massive comeback in the U.S. with models like the Honda Civic Type R, Fiesta ST, Volkswagen Golf R, and others coming in droves. Recently, Hyundai joined the game with its Veloster N, and it takes a direct swipe at the king, the 2019 Civic Type R. How do these hot hatchbacks stand up against one another in the Rochester area? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

Being performance variants of compact cars, the 2019 Civic Type R and 2020 Veloster N are just a touch more aggressively designed. And by a “touch more,” we mean they stand out like sore thumbs but in a great way.

 

The 2019 Honda Civic Type R builds off the already stunning Civic Hatchback with tons of gloss black accents all over the place, red badges, red striping on the black ground effects, red calipers set behind black wheels, a monstrous rear wing, and a center-exit, tri-pipe exhaust system.

 

 

The Veloster N starts with the model’s unique three-door set up that gives it a sportier two-door look. As a whole, the 2020 Veloster N is a bit more understated than the Civic with its smaller rooftop spoiler, more traditional exhaust positioning lack of a hood scoop, and more. This is not to say the Veloster N is boring, as it still features plenty of performance accents, including the red striping on the side sills, small roof-mounted spoiler, sportier wheels, and more.

 

 

In terms of sizing, the Honda Civic Type R is significantly larger than the Veloster N in nearly every measurable. It also boasts wider wheels and tires that combine with its wider stance to provide plenty of stickiness on the tarmac.

 

When looking at their respective standard features, the 2019 Honda Civic Type R and 2020 Hyundai Veloster are quite similar on the outside, save for the Civic’s larger wheels. They both come standard with LED lighting all around, rear wings, red accents, and more.  

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Civic Type R 2020 Hyundai Veloster N Difference
Length (in.) 179.4 167.9 +11.9
Width (in.) 73.9 71.3 +2.6
Height (in.) 56.5 54.9 to 55.1 +1.4 to +1.6
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3 104.3 +2
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,117 3,036 to 3,117 +0 to +81
Wheels 20-by-8.5-inch alloys 18-by-7.5-inch alloy (std)/19-by-8-inch (Performance Package)
Tires 245/30ZR20 22540R18 (std)/235/35R19 (Performance Package)

 

Advantage: 2020 Hyundai Veloster N

  •       Smaller and easier to manage
  •       Lighter and nimbler
  •       A little more understated

Advantage: 2019 Honda Civic Type R

  •       Wild, unmistakable styling
  •       Larger and wider wheels enhance grip
  •       Wider stance helps in the corners

Interior

Inside these hot-hatchback models, their respective exterior designs flow freely. The 2019 Honda Civic  Type R’s cabin is wild with its red-and-black seats and steering wheel, red stitching, and even a serialized plate so you know what number your Type R is.

 

 

Like its exterior, the Veloster N’s cabin is far calmer than the Civic Type R’s. Yes, the Veloster N has bolstered seats, a handful of accents on the wheel, shifter, and center stack, but there is nothing in here that screams “Hot Hatchback,”other than the checkered flag button on the steering wheel that activates N mode.

 

 

As for standard inside features, the Civic Type R is very generous with its standard 12-speaker premium audio system with a subwoofer, 7-inch Display Audio infotainment system, satellite-linked navigation, HondaLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio, SMS text messaging, power windows with one-touch up/down front glass, and much more.

 

The Veloster N’s standard features include cloth sport seats with Performance Blue stitching, an 8-inch color touchscreen, Infinity® premium audio system with eight speakers and subwoofer, SiriusXM, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Blue Link® Connected Care and remote package, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, alloy pedals, Automatic climate control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, and more.

 

When checking out roominess, the larger Civic has more space in every measurable other than front legroom. Here, the Veloster gets a 0.3-inch advantage. The big wins for the Civic include its extra 1.8 inches of rear legroom and 5.8 cubes of cargo room.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Civic Type R 2020 Hyundai Veloster N Difference
Front headroom (in.) 39.3 38.1 +1.2
Front legroom (in.) 42.3 42.6 -0.3
Front shoulder room (in.) 56.9 56 +0.9
Front hip room (in.) 53.7
Rear headroom (in.) 37.4 35.9 +1.5
Rear legroom (in.) 35.9 34.1 +1.8
Rear shoulder room (in.) 55 54.3 +0.7
Rear hip room (in.) 48.8
Cargo room w/ rear seats upright (cu. ft.) 25.7 19.9 +5.8
Cargo room w/ rear seats folded (cu. ft.) 46.2

 

Advantage: Hyundai Veloster N

  •       Toned-down interior
  •       Larger standard infotainment screen
  •       More front-seat legroom

Advantage: 2019 Honda Civic Type R

  •       Wild, unforgettable cabin
  •       Tons more seating room
  •       Bog on cargo hauling

Performance

While it is fun to look at these two hot hatchbacks and compare their style, what really matters is their performance.

 

The 2020 Hyundai Veloster N comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in its base setup. Opt for the Performance Package, and that power jumps to 275 horsepower. All this power flows through a six-speed manual gearbox and to the front wheels for a 5.5-second 0-to-60 time. Top speed rings in at a governor-limited 155 mph.

 

 

The Civic Type R also uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, but its wick is turned up to 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This all flows through a six-speed manual transmission and up to the front wheels for a 5.2-second 0-to-60 mph and a 169-mph top speed.

 

 

Straightline speed is great, but cornering is where hot hatchback earn their keep. The Veloster pulls a respectable 0.95 Gs with the performance package, so cornering shouldn’t be an issue. The Civic Type R manages to pull a whopping 1 Gs on the skidpad, making it the better of the two at holding its own in the twisties.

 

2019 Honda Civic Type R Hyundai Veloster N Difference
Standard engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cyl 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cyl
Horsepower 306 hp at 6,500 rpm 250 hp at 6,000 rpm +56 hp
Torque 295 lb-ft at 2,500 to 4,500 rpm 260 lb-ft at 1,450 to 4,000 rpm +35 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd manual 6-spd manual w/ rev-matching
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 5.2 seconds 5.5 seconds -0.3 seconds
1/4-Mile 13.6 seconds at 104.7 mph 14.2 seconds at 100 mph -0.6 seconds
Top Speed 169 mph 155 mph +14 mph
Skid pad 1g
MPG City 22 mpg** 22 mpg +0 mpg
MPG Highway 28 mpg** 29 mpg -1 mpg
MPG Combined 25 mpg** 25 mpg +0 mpg
Optional engine 2.0-liter 4-cyl (w/ Performance Package
Horsepower 275 hp at 6,000 rpm +31 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft at 1,450 to 4,700 rpm +25 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd manual w/ rev-matching
Driveline FWD
0-60 time 5.5 seconds -0.3 seconds
1/4-Mile 14.2 seconds at 100 mph -0.6 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph +14 mph
Skid pad 0.95g +0.05 g
MPG City 22 mpg +0 mpg
MPG Highway 29 mpg -1 mpg
MPG Combined 25 mpg +0 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Hyundai Veloster N

  •       Two flavors of power
  •       Optional valved exhaust
  •       Easy change from rough ride to smooth ride

Advantage: 2020 Honda Civic Type R

  •       Quicker to 60 mph
  •       Higher top speed
  •       Insane handling

Pricing and Features

The Hyundai Veloster N starts from $27,400, and you can add the Performance Package, which increases output and enhances handling, for an extra $2,100.

The 2019 Honda Civic Type R starts from $36,300*.

2020 Hyundai Veloster N Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $27,400

  •       2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       Six-speed manual transmission
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Torque vectoring control
  •       Drive Mode Select
  •       Electric power steering
  •       Sport-tuned suspension
  •       Electronically controlled suspension
  •       18-inch alloy wheels
  •       Michelin Pilot Sport performance summer-only tires
  •       LED projector headlights
  •       Auto on/off headlights
  •       LED center stop light
  •       LED taillights
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       Heated, body-color, power mirrors
  •       Mirror-0integrated turn signals
  •       Rear diffuser
  •       Tinted windows
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       One-speed rear wiper
  •       Cloth sport seats with Performance Blue stitching
  •       Six-way manual-adjust driver’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       8-inch color touchscreen
  •       Infinity® premium audio system with eight speakers and subwoofer
  •       SiriusXM
  •       Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       Blue Link® Connected Care and remote package
  •       Active engine generator
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped shift knob
  •       Alloy pedals
  •       Automatic climate control
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster
  •       Power windows with one-touch-down driver’s side
  •       Proximity key with push-button start
  •       Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

W/ Performance Package: $29,500

  •       All standard features, plus
  •       275-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       N Corner Carving Differential
  •       Variable-valve exhaust
  •       19-inch alloy wheels
  •       13.6-inch front and 12.4-inch rear rotors

2019 Honda Civic Type R Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Type R: $36,300*

  •       2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       Six-speed manual transmission
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Three-mode drive system
  •       Electric parking brake with auto brake hold
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Lightweight flywheel
  •       Helical limited-slip differential
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       LED brake lights
  •       LED fog lights
  •       LED headlights with auto-on/off
  •       Red Honda badges
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Body-color power mirrors
  •       Smart entry with walk-away auto-lock
  •       Body-color, roof-mounted vortex generator
  •       Rear wiper with heating element
  •       Wing spoiler
  •       Center-mounted triple-exit exhaust
  •       Underbody spoiler kit with red striping
  •       540-watt, 12-speaker premium audio system with a subwoofer
  •       7-inch Display Audio infotainment system
  •       Satellite-linked navigation
  •       HondaLink
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       SiriusXM
  •       HD Radio
  •       1-amp USB port in center console
  •       1.5-amp USB port in front console
  •       Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  •       SMS text messaging
  •       Power windows with one-touch up/down front glass
  •       Power door locks
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Cruise control
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       LED pocket light
  •       Floor mats
  •       Cargo area light
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Keyless ignition
  •       Black-and-red leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Aluminum shift knob
  •       Type R serialized plate
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       High-bolstered sport seats with suede-effect cloth and double red stitching
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

Who Should Buy the 2020 Hyundai Veloster N

Want a hot hatchback but have a compact sedan budget? The Veloster N’s super-low relative starting price fits that bill and does not give up the entire farm to the Civic Type R in performance. The Veloster N is also great for buyers who prefer more of a sleeper look.

 

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Civic Type R

For buyers who want only the best in performance with no compromises, the Civic Type R is what they need. Yes, its cost is substantially higher than the Veloster N, but it is a treasure among the hot-hatchback community for good reason.

 

Ready to bring home the 2019 Honda Civic Type R today? Stop by Garber Honda serving Rochester, Henrietta, Pittsford, and the surrounding areas today to inquire about one. We may need to special order it to get it here for you, but you can rest assured it’ll be the car of your dreams when it arrives. Can’t wait for a special order to arrive? We have plenty of other in-stock Civic Hatchback models you can see them all in our online inventory.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $930.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

 

**22 city/28 highway/25 combined mpg rating. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.