2019 Audi TT vs. 2019 Hyundai Veloster

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi TT have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Hyundai Veloster doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The TT has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Veloster doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The TT has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Veloster doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the TT and the Veloster have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

The TT’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Veloster’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability

The battery on the TT is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the TT’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Veloster’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the TT’s reliability 20 points higher than the Veloster.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 3 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Engine

The TT has more powerful engines than the Veloster:

 

Horsepower

Torque

TT 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

288 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

TT RS Coupe 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

400 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Veloster 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

147 HP

132 lbs.-ft.

Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

201 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Performance Package

275 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the TT 45 TFSI is faster than the Hyundai Veloster (automatics tested):

 

TT

Veloster 4 cyl.

Veloster Turbo/R-Spec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

8.6 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

16.5 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.4 MPH

84.2 MPH

92.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The TT has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Veloster (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Audi TT comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Veloster.

All wheel drive, available in the TT, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Hyundai Veloster is not available with all wheel drive.

The TT RS’ launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Veloster doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the TT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Veloster:

 

TT 45 TSFI

TTS

TT RS

Veloster

Veloster N

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.6 inches

11 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

10.3 inches

12.4 inches

The TTS Coupe’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Veloster are solid, not vented.

The TT RS offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Veloster doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the Veloster:

 

TT

Veloster

 

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

122 feet

123 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the TT has larger standard tires than the Veloster (245/40R18 vs. 215/45R17). The TTS/RS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Veloster (255/30R20 vs. 235/35R19).

The TT 45 TSFI’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Veloster 2.0’s standard 45 series tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Veloster N’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the TT 45 TSFI has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Veloster 2.0. The TTS/RS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Veloster N.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe is quieter than the Veloster N (77 vs. 81 dB).

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the TT. The Veloster doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The TT uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Veloster uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the TT is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Veloster. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 57% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

The TT’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Veloster’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the TT the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Veloster can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The TT’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Veloster’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the TT to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Veloster doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the TT’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the Veloster’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The TT’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Veloster doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Model Availability

The Audi TT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Hyundai Veloster isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi TT and the Hyundai Veloster, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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