2020 Honda Civic Si vs. 2020 Hyundai Veloster

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Si Sedan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Hyundai Veloster doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 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.

Warranty

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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

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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 Civic Si’s reliability 12 points higher than the Veloster.

Engine

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The Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder 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-cylinder. The Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 4 more horsepower (205 vs. 201) than the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Civic Si

Manual

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/36 hwy

Veloster

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

1.6 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/34 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

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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

The Civic Si stops much shorter than the Veloster:

Civic Si

Veloster

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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

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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’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (60.3% to 39.7%) than the Veloster’s (63.8% to 36.2%). This gives the Civic Si more stable handling and braking.

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.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Civic Si Coupe is quieter than the Veloster N (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The Civic Si Sedan has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Veloster (95 vs. 89.9).

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

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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

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The Civic Si’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Veloster has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

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 power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Veloster’s passenger power window and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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

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 Sedan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Veloster doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Civic Si Sedan has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Veloster doesn’t offer rear vents.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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The Civic Si will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic Si will retain 54.01% to 55.27% of its original price after five years, while the Veloster only retains 44.11% to 48.13%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic Si is less expensive to operate than the Veloster because it costs $464 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Civic Si than the Veloster, including $94 less for a muffler, $7 less for front brake pads, $89 less for front struts and $73 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

The Civic Si was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Veloster has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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 30 to one during 2018.

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