2019 Hyundai Veloster vs. 2019 Subaru BRZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 BRZ 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 BRZ doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Veloster Premium/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The BRZ doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 BRZ 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 BRZ doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Veloster Premium/R-Spec/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate/N has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The BRZ doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

Warranty

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 BRZ’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 Subaru covers the BRZ. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the BRZ ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

There are over 33 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Veloster’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th, 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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine

The Veloster has more powerful engines than the BRZ:

 

Horsepower

Torque

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.

275 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

BRZ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

200 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

BRZ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

205 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Subaru BRZ 2.0 (manual transmissions tested):

 

Veloster

BRZ

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.8 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

92.1 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Subaru BRZ 2.0 (automatics tested):

 

Veloster

BRZ

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.3 MPH

91.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Veloster gets better fuel mileage than the BRZ:

 

 

Veloster

BRZ

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

25 city/33 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

26 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/34 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy

n/a

 

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

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is optional on the Hyundai Veloster Turbo/R-Spec, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the BRZ.

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 BRZ 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 BRZ 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 BRZ:

 

Veloster N

BRZ

BRZ Performance Package

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.8 inches

The Veloster stops much shorter than the BRZ:

 

Veloster

BRZ

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

123 feet

126 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Veloster N’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the BRZ (235/35R19 vs. 215/45R17).

The Veloster N’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the BRZ’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Veloster N offers optional 19-inch wheels. The BRZ’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Veloster offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The BRZ’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Veloster’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the BRZ (104.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Veloster is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the BRZ.

The Veloster N handles at .97 G’s, while the BRZ Limited pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Veloster N executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the BRZ Limited (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Veloster’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the BRZ’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Veloster N is quieter than the BRZ Limited:

 

Veloster

BRZ

At idle

42 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

81 dB

85 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Veloster a Compact car, while the BRZ is rated a Minicompact.

The Veloster has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the BRZ (89.9 vs. 76.5).

The Veloster has 1 inch more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the BRZ.

Cargo Capacity

The Veloster has a much larger trunk than the BRZ (19.9 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The Veloster’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The BRZ’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Veloster to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Subaru doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the BRZ.

Ergonomics

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 BRZ 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 BRZ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Veloster and the BRZ 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 BRZ 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 BRZ 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 BRZ’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 BRZ 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 BRZ doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Veloster has standard extendable sun visors. The BRZ doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Veloster’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the BRZ Limited.

The Veloster has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The BRZ doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

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 BRZ doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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

The Hyundai Veloster outsold the Subaru BRZ by almost three to one during 2018.

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