When you’re shopping for a hot hatch, both the 2022 Hyundai Veloster N and the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI are certain to make your short list of options. Our comparison guide is here to help you figure out which of these high-performance hatchbacks has everything you want in a new ride.
Price: 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
If you’re looking to spend less, the Golf GTI can help you out. This sporty hatchback starts at $29,545. However, you should keep in mind that there are three GTI trim models, and the price goes up as you move up the trim levels.
The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N starts at $32,500. As the only trim model available, the Veloster N’s price won’t rise very much, even when you add its few options. For example, the optional eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is the most expensive option, only increasing the price tag by $1,500.
Pure Power: 2022 Hyundai Veloster N
Not only does the Veloster N give you a more powerful engine, but it also comes standard with a world-class performance lineup, including adaptive suspension, sport-tuned steering, and a limited-slip differential.
The 2022 Golf GTI is pretty speedy in its own right, with a 241-horsepower turbocharged engine. However, it doesn’t come standard with quite as many performance features, something you’ll miss if you’re shopping for a dynamic ride.
On the other hand, you can upgrade to the top-trim GTI Autobahn model for the slickest performance. But you could end up spending more money than you’d like, since the top-trim Autobahn starts at $37,995.
2022 Hyundai Veloster N performance features:
- Turbocharged 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine (275 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque)
- Six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching
- Optional eight-speed wet dual clutch transmission
- Front-wheel drive
- 235/35 R19 Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires
- Variable valve exhaust system
- N Corner Carving Differential (limited-slip differential with electronic control)
- Adaptive suspension
- Sport-tuned steering
- Drive Mode Select
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI performance features:
- Turbo 2.0L four-cylinder engine (241 hp, 275 lb-ft)
- Six-speed manual transmission
- Optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
- Adaptive suspension dampers (Autobahn models)
Everyday Driving: 2022 Hyundai Veloster N
In addition to speed, the Veloster N is also our pick for everyday comfort. Since the Veloster N is tuned for performance, it can feel a little stiff. However, that’s also true of the Golf GTI. But the Veloster N has the advantage because you can switch driving modes for a more comfortable cruise.
We also like the Veloster’s unique three-door body style, which adds a lot of everyday utility. The Veloster N has one door on the driver side, offering wide-open access to the driver’s seat, a great feature if you’re especially tall. On the passenger side, there are two doors, so back-seat passengers can pile in and out without having to adjust the front seats.
Modern Features: 2022 Hyundai Veloster N
As the only trim model in the Veloster lineup, the Veloster N comes fully loaded with comfort, tech, and safety gear. For example, its standard front sport seats keep you snug as you swing around curves at high speeds. And the infotainment system includes built-in navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. You even get 19-inch wheels clad in high-performance tires.
Since there are three versions of the VW GTI, you may need to upgrade to a higher trim model to enjoy all of the same features. The Golf GTI does come standard with heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. However, you have to pay extra for features like navigation and high-performance tires.
Choose Your Hot Hatch
For more speed at a friendlier price, the choice is clear. The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N outclasses the competition with its world-class performance lineup and long list of modern features.