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The 2022 Honda Civic Si is finally here. Honda’s newest manual transmission hatch is designed to undercut much of the hot hatch segment. However, this strategy could mean the Si falls flat against competition that’s well worth the extra cash. Whether that’s the case for the 2022 Hyundai Veloster N and the Civic remains to be seen.

Both promise manual transmissions, fun driving dynamics, and plenty of practicality. But only one is worth the money.

Does 200 hp make the 2022 Honda Civic Si fast?

An orange 2022 Honda Civic Si shot from the front 3/4 on a back road
The new Civic Si tones things down a little | Honda

We’ll start with the 2022 Honda Civic Si. Age before beauty I suppose. Where the Veloster N is all fins and ducts, the Si looks far more restrained. Then again, the Veloster is a little more car than the Civic, at least from a power standpoint. Speaking of power, the new Civic’s biggest advantage is its power-to-weight ratio.

Where the Veloster is roughly 200 lbs heavier, the Civic does more with less weight, at 200 hp and 2,900 lbs. That’ll help the new Honda Civic Si feel truly fast at all speeds. That’s to say nothing of the interior. Much is carried over from the 2022 Honda Civic, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s just about as good as you can get for right around $30,000.

The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N shakes things up

A grey 2022 Hyundai Veloster N shot from the front 3/4 at sunset
The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N does things differently | Hyundai

Unfortunately, that’s also where the 2022 Hyundai Veloster N falls a little flat. You can tell where the money’s gone in the N. It went to horsepower and driving dynamics. As a result, the interior is ofter criticised for feeling somewhat cheap. But, the Veloster innovates where the Civic makes steady improvements. The three-door layout is a great example, if not a bit gimmicky.

However, where the Veloster really blows the Civic out of the water is power. Weight be damned, 275 hp and 278 lb-ft is a whole hell of a lot for a hot hatch. “A whole hell of a lot” is basically the Veloster’s ethos. That also applies to price, commanding a premium at $33,245 MSRP to the 2022 Honda Civic Si’s $27,500 MSRP (MotorBiscuit est.).

The Civic Si is the better value

An orange 2022 Honda Civic Si shot from the front
The new Civic Si picks up where the last one left off | Honda

The 2022 Honda Civic Si Is Here With a Manual Transmission

And at the end of the day, that flat-out makes the Civic the better deal. It’s got 100% more interior usability than the Veloster for 85% of the price, while managing to put down plenty of power. Unless you’re prepared to spend around $35,000 or more for a decently specced hot hatch, the Honda Civic makes like the Miata in that it’s always the answer to the hot hatch question.

Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Veloster N specs

Specs sheet2022 Honda Civic Si2022 Hyundai Veloster N
Price$27,500 MSRP (MotorBiscuit est.)$33,245 MSRP
Engine and powertrain1.5 L DOHC VTEC Turbocharged four-cylinder
200 hp @ 6,000 rpm
192 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm
2.0 L DOHC Turbocharged four-cylinder
275 hp @ 6,000 rpm
278 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm
TransmissionSix-speed manual transmissionSix-speed manual transmission or dual-clutch automatic
Suspension and wheelsMacPherson Strut Front/Multi-Link Rear
18-inch wheel
235/40R18 (all-season/summer)
MacPherson Strut Front/Multi-Link Rear
19-inch wheel
235/35R19 (summer)
Dimensions and curb weight(L) 184.0 in. (H) 55.7 in. (W) 70.9 in.
Track: 60.5 in. / 61.6 in.
2,952 lbs.
(L) 167.9 in. (H) 54.9 in. (W) 71.3 in.
Track: 61.9 in. / 61.7 in.
3,186 lbs.
FeaturesSport-Tuned Suspension and Brakes, 10 airbags,
Wireless Carplay and Android Auto, Bose Premium Sound System with 12 Speakers, including Subwoofer,
9-inch touch screen with volume knob
Adaptive suspension, Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags, Carplay and Android Auto, 8-inch touch screen, 8-speaker sound system