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Subaru WRX Vs. Hyundai Veloster N: Similar Specs But 2 Big Differences

These two performance cars are more similar than you think. There are also two big differences.

If you take a close look at the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N with the Performance Package and the 2019 Subaru WRX performance specs, they are more similar than expected. See how they compare, and you decide which car belongs in your garage.

Hyundai Veloster N
2.0-liter 4-Cylinder Turbo
275 horsepower
260 lb-ft of torque
Front Wheel Drive
6-Speed manual gearbox
3106 lbs
167.9 inches in length
54.9-inch height
71.3 inches wide
104.3-inch wheelbase
22/28 city/highway mpg
0-60 in 5.9 seconds
14.3 seconds -quarter mile
19.9 cu-ft cargo capacity
$29,000 MSRP

Subaru WRX
2.0-liter 4-Cylinder Turbo
268 horsepower
258 lb-ft of torque
6-speed manual gearbox
3272 lbs
180.9 in. Length
58.1 in. height
70.7 in. Width
104.3 in. Wheelbase
21/27 mpg city/highway
0-60 in 5.6 seconds
14.1 quarter mile
12 cubic feet trunk space
$27,195 MSRP

These two vehicles are very similar in performance, but there are two big differences for performance enthusiasts. The Subaru WRX comes standard with all-wheel-drive, while the Veloster N is front drive only. It all depends on where you live. If you live in a cold weather climate, you would want the all-weather capability of the WRX. If you live where the snow doesn’t fly, the Veloster N would do just fine.

Another big difference is the Veloster N is a 5-Door hatch body style while the WRX is a four-door sedan and you have a small trunk for cargo. The Hyundai Veloster N will have better utility and cargo carrying ability. If you don’t have passengers to haul around, the WRX has split folding rear seats that fold down for extra cargo room.

If you want a hot hatch, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N is a fun sports car, a bit more expensive but offers the utility of a 5-Door. For an affordable all-weather sport sedan, the 2019 Subaru WRX is hard to beat.

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Frank (not verified)    June 17, 2019 - 8:08AM

Great comparison!
I used to own a 2015 WRX Premium. Even though not a hatchback, I was able to put my full size mountain bike in the back with removing the front tire. I also owned a 2013 Veloster Turbo. I could put my bike in the back ad well. I had to move the passenger seat full forward.

The WRX WAS fun. I'd get a little clash shifting into second gear and the ride was very stiff.

Problem with Veloster fuel cut under acceleration.

Zach (not verified)    August 2, 2019 - 10:49AM

The Veloster N doesn't "offer the utility of a 5-door" lol. Don't forget it's technically only a 4-door as there is no rear passenger door on the driver's side of the vehicle.