Compare 2017 VW Jetta vs Hyundai Elantra

2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2017 Elantra
2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2017 Hyundai Elantra
Horsepower
  210 hp @ 5300 rpm 147 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque
  207 ft-lbs. @ 1700 rpm 132 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm
Upholstery
  Leatherette Cloth

2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2017 Elantra

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It wasn’t that long ago that compact cars were considered poor quality econoboxes with just one job; get the driver from place to place at the lowest price possible. Today, the market has changed quite a bit. Nearly every manufacturer offers a sportier and more luxurious model of their compact cars. The time-honored base models that solidified the compact car’s reputation as the rock solid, reliable and efficient commuter vehicle are also offered. Most manufacturers offer multiple models and options that fall between the two ends of the spectrum to fit consumer’s needs more closely. Volkswagen offers the modernized 2017 Jetta in the compact category is. It dates back to 1979 and has an excellent pedigree as a rally car in Europe. A somewhat newer manufacturer, Hyundai, offers an upgraded Elantra with the latest technology to compete with the Jetta.

Mechanical Overview

The lowest performing base 2017 Jetta model is the 1.4T S Manual. To make a fair comparison, Hyundai's base offering is the Elantra SE Manual Sedan. The mighty Jetta boasts an impressive 150 bhp at 5000 rpm when compared the Elantra that clocks in at 147 bhp at 6200 rpm. The Jetta also produces a disproportionate amount of torque [184 lb-ft at 1400 rpm] for its engine displacement of 1.4 liters. The Elantra is quite lackluster with its 2.0-liter engine [132 lb-ft at 4500 rpm]. The conclusion is that the Volkswagen is more powerful, has more torque, and doesn’t have to work as hard as the Hyundai Elantra to produce the power.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta interior

Efficiency and Emissions Overview

European manufacturers are known for producing some of the world’s most fuel efficient vehicles due to their economy having a disproportionately higher fuel cost in comparison to the United States. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is no exception and clocks in with an impressive 28 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg* for highway conditions. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is not as impressive as the Jetta and only clocks in with 26 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg for highway conditions. If fuel economy is what you’re interested in the 2017 Jetta is the clear winner.

Total Ownership Costs

Part of the allure of a compact car is a low cost of ownership. The 2017 Jetta is a clear winner when it comes to total ownership costs. The base price of a Jetta is $17,895 which is slightly more expensive that the Elantra [$17,150]. The key is to remember that Jetta will have a 3% fuel savings over the Elantra. Over the life of the Jetta, this translates to an extra 7500 miles you can drive on the same amount of fuel. If gas were only $2.00 a gallon, the total savings over the Elantra in just fuel expenses would be $15000.00. A Volkswagen also has the advantage of being cheaper to maintain despite the old stereotype of expensive German parts and holds a much higher resale value than the Elantra.


The 2017 Volkswagen beats the 2017 Hyundai Elantra in our opinion. The Jetta takes home the prize for fuel economy and is on average 3% more efficient than the Elantra over a variety of conditions. The parting shot for the Volkswagen is that it has a much lower total cost of ownership than the 2017 Elantra. You should swing by our dealership in Stamford, CT and give the 2017 Jetta a test drive.

*EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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