Compact Sedan Comparison at Carter Volkswagen: 2018 VW Jetta VS 2018 Hyundai Elantra
When shopping for a compact car that's efficient, affordable and fun to drive, you have a variety of options. Unlike Volkswagen, some lesser manufacturers cut corners and omit essential features in order to keep the price down. When you compare the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta against the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, you'll see exactly what we mean. For just a little bit more than the Elantra, the Jetta gives you all the modern appointments and safety systems you expect in a brand-new car. It's far and away the superior value in this segment! Let us show you more about what makes the Jetta so special below — then check out our other Jetta comparison pages to see how this handsome German car stacks up against other popular competitors. Once you're convinced the Jetta is the compact sedan for you, we look forward to seeing you for a test drive!
|2018 Volkswagen Jetta||2018 Hyundai Elantra|
|184 Pound/Feet||Base Model Torque||132 Pound/Feet|
|5.0” VW Car-Net® Touch Screen||Standard Infotainment||AM/FM/MP3 Stereo|
|5 Stars||NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||4 Stars|
|6 Years, 72,000 Miles||Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty||5 Years, 60,000 Miles|
|2018 Volkswagen Jetta|
|2018 Hyundai Elantra|
|Base Model Torque|
|5.0” VW Car-Net® Touch Screen|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating|
|6 Years, 72,000 Miles|
|5 Years, 60,000 Miles|
Design Comparison: 2018 VW Jetta VS 2018 Hyundai Elantra
Every single 2018 Volkswagen Jetta comes equipped with a 5” (or bigger, on upgraded trims) touch screen powered by VW Car-Net®. You'll enjoy standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® connectivity through the convenient touch display. By contrast, on the base Elantra, a standard audio system is all you'll get. Not only will your passengers stay connected and entertained in the Jetta, they'll stay comfortable with more rear seat legroom than the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. You'll even be able to bring more of their stuff, since the Jetta has a bigger trunk than the Elantra. On the outside, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta brings LED daytime running lights and heated exterior mirrors, totally standard. You'll have to pay more to get those features on your 2018 Hyundai Elantra.
Performance Comparison: 2018 VW Jetta VS 2018 Hyundai Elantra
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is equipped with outdated performance technology that can reduce the quality of your driving experience. With drum rear brakes and a semi-independent rear suspension, Elantra won't give you the control and steering response you demand. Meanwhile, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta features disc brakes on all four wheels and a fully independent rear suspension for better handling and grip. That's not to mention the superior engine power you'll get from the entry-level Jetta! The base Jetta makes 50 additional pound/feet of torque compared to the base Elantra, which means it'll give you thrilling acceleration.
Safety Comparison: 2018 VW Jetta VS 2018 Hyundai Elantra
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta a perfect 5-star overall safety rating. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra was only able to achieve 4 stars in NHTSA crash tests. In addition, the NHTSA observed an official safety concern in side impact crash tests — according to their report, “During the side impact test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing a high lower spine acceleration. Lower spine accelerations in excess of 82 g's indicate a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.”
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For more than 70 years, Volkswagen has earned its strong reputation for precision engineering and funky, reliable vehicles. From the timeless Beetle to the fun-to-drive Golf to the spacious, capable Atlas, today's Volkswagen models have character, style and safety — all backed up by decades of German excellence in automotive engineering. And with performance upgrades like the R-Line package available on most new VW vehicles, 4MOTION all-wheel drive and DSG Tiptronic® transmissions, you can get a Volkswagen that's sporty, nimble and thrilling when you step on the gas. There's no better place to test drive a brand-new Volkswagen than Carter VW in Ballard, serving Bellevue and Renton. Stop in today and experience The Carter Advantage while getting to know the most advanced line of vehicles available today from Volkswagen.