High-performance sports cars probably aren’t a thing many ever expected to be on a Hyundai or Kia lineup, but they certainly are today. Many thought the Hyundai Veloster to be a dead nameplate when it disappeared from the lineup for the 2018 model year, but it came back better and sportier than ever in 2019. In addition, the brand introduced the model’s new high-performance trim level, now known as the 2020 Hyundai Veloster N. So, we thought we’d see how it measures up to Kia’s explosive, brand-changing 2020 Kia Stinger.
The Kia Stinger hit the market while the Veloster was taking a break to get remodeled and it has blown up in the years since, breathing life into the brand and the affordable sports car segment. But how do the two sports cars fare against one another? Let’s find out.
Taking a look at the table above, things seem to start rocky for the Veloster N as it generates 5 less horsepower than the Stinger. 5 HP isn’t a huge disadvantage to start with, but the second row demolishes it and might even turn things in the Veloster’s favor, as the Hyundai sports car weighs a whopping 575 pounds less than its Kia counterpart. A lighter-weight vehicle doesn’t need as much power as a heavier one, meaning the Veloster N might just deliver the more enjoyable driving experience.
Both sports cars are equally fuel efficient, achieving 25 miles per gallon combined, a nice middle-of-the-road fuel economy rating. Unfortunately, the Kia Stinger does have one leg up on the Veloster variant, as it has a bench back seat that allows for 3 passengers rather than the Veloster N’s sport seats that only leave room for two in the back.
If you can look past the extra passenger and think you’d like to give the Veloster N a try for yourself, be sure to get in touch with us right here at Cocoa Hyundai today!