2019 Hyundai Veloster vs. 2019 Honda Civic Si

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Veloster has a standard Forward Collision-avoidance Assist, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Civic Si doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Veloster’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Veloster Premium/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Veloster’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Veloster and the Civic Si 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, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.


The Veloster comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Civic Si’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Veloster 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Civic Si. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Civic Si ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Veloster’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Civic Si’s (7 vs. 5 years).


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Veloster has a standard 550-amp battery. The Civic Si’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 5 places higher in reliability than Honda.


The Veloster N’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (250 vs. 205) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 192) than the Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Veloster N’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 70 more horsepower (275 vs. 205) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 192) than the Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Civic Si (manual transmissions tested):



Civic Si

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.6 MPH

92.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Veloster uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Civic Si requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.


The Veloster offers an optional automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. The Civic Si doesn’t offer an automatic transmission.

The Veloster offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Civic Si doesn’t offer an SMG.

The Hyundai Veloster N manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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


Veloster N

Civic Si

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.1 inches

The Veloster stops much shorter than the Civic Si:



Civic Si


70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

123 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Veloster has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Civic Si’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the Veloster’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Civic Si’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.8 feet).


The Veloster is 10.5 inches shorter than the Civic Si Coupe, making the Veloster easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Veloster N is quieter than the Civic Si Coupe (81 vs. 84 dB).

Passenger Space

The Veloster has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Civic Si Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Veloster has a much larger trunk than the Civic Si Coupe (19.9 vs. 11.9 cubic feet).


The Veloster Premium/R-Spec/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate/N Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Veloster Turbo Ultimate has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Veloster and the Civic Si have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Veloster is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Civic Si prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Veloster has a passenger’s side rear door to provide better access for cargo and rear passengers. The Civic Si Coupe doesn’t offer a rear door.

The Veloster Turbo Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Civic Si’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Veloster has a standard rear wiper. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Veloster R-Spec/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Civic Si doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Veloster Turbo Ultimate Auto has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Civic Si doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Veloster Turbo Ultimate’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Civic Si’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Veloster owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Veloster with a number “3” insurance rate while the Civic Si is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Veloster is less expensive to operate than the Civic Si because typical repairs cost much less on the Veloster than the Civic Si, including $6 less for a water pump, $258 less for a starter, $22 less for fuel injection, $91 less for a fuel pump and $202 less for a timing belt/chain.


Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Veloster and the Honda Civic Si, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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