2019 Honda Civic Si vs. 2019 Hyundai Veloster

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Si deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Si’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Veloster’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Compared to metal, the Civic Si’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Veloster has a metal gas tank.

Both the Civic Si and the Veloster have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic Si the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Veloster has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 24 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Civic Si’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 1 place higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Engine

The Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (205 vs. 147) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 132) than the Veloster’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (205 vs. 201) than the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Si gets better fuel mileage than the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec Manual (28 city/38 hwy vs. 26 city/33 hwy).

The Civic Si has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Veloster doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Civic Si

Veloster

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Civic Si has larger tires than the Veloster (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R17).

The Civic Si’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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic Si has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Veloster 2.0.

Suspension and Handling

The Civic Si’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Veloster doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic Si’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Veloster (106.3 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The Civic Si Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the Veloster R-Spec pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Civic Si has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Veloster can only carry 4.

The Civic Si Coupe has .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear hip room than the Veloster.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Civic Si easier. The Civic Si’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the Veloster’s liftover is 32.1 inches.

Ergonomics

The Civic Si’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 Civic Si the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Veloster can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic Si’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Veloster doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Civic Si’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Veloster doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Model Availability

The Honda Civic Si comes in coupe and sedan bodystyles; the Hyundai Veloster isn’t available as a sedan.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic Si is less expensive to operate than the Veloster because it costs $459 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Civic Si than the Veloster, including $90 less for a muffler, $7 less for front brake pads, $89 less for front struts and $73 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Civic Si was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Veloster has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 22 years. The Veloster has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Veloster has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the Hyundai Veloster by almost 35 to one during the 2018 model year.

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