The Honda Civic Type R and the Hyundai Veloster N are natural adversaries, and since we haven’t gotten to drive them back to back yet? We’ll have to settle for this video from our friends over at TheStraightPipes.
Now, when Honda finally brought its red-hot Civic Type R to the United States in 2017, hot hatch fans rejoiced, because it had been forbidden fruit here since its introduction in Japan. And while some have remarked that the styling is a little too “boy racer,” the car has largely lived up to the lofty expectations set by its predecessors.
Given that it’s front-wheel drive, and has 306 horsepower, when AutoNation Drive’s own Omar Rana got the chance to drive the Type R, he immediately addressed the elephant in the room:
The first question everyone asks is if there is any torque steer. That’s a proper question since you have 306-hp going to the front. Well, the answer is simply ‘NO’. Torque steer on the new Honda Civic Type R is nonexistent thanks to Honda’s dual-axis front suspension. The rear suspension is also now fully independent. This thing is brilliant to drive and is the perfect balance of sophistication and sportiness.
And while it might be the new kid on the block, the Hyundai Veloster N, as Jeffrey N. Ross found out, is no slouch either:
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N is our first look at Hyundai’s performance potential. And we love it! After a week in Hyundai’s new performance halo vehicle, we’re sure that even the base version of this car makes for a great sport compact, but adding the Performance Package – a no-brainer option at just $2,100 – makes the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N a legitimate hot hatch contender that puts the Civic Type R on notice.
Since both vehicles have gotten high praise from our reviewers, that makes this video comparison extra interesting — and we’re not going to spoil the ending.
Of course, you shouldn’t buy a car without a through test drive. So if you’re considering one of these hot hatches, head over to your local AutoNation dealer and arrange a test drive!