Compare 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring vs 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring
2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
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4-Door Wagon Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 23 31 $15,539 $15,995
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 23 30 $16,685 $17,195
4-Door Wagon Manual SE 23 31 $18,687 $19,495
4-Door Wagon Automatic SE 23 30 $19,443 $20,295
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4-Door Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual PZEV S 23 33 $19,387 $20,195
4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,387 $20,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV S 24 31 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door Automatic PZEV SE 24 31 $23,242 $24,210
4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $23,242 $24,210
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $24,517 $25,540
4-Door Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 24 31 $24,923 $25,960
4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof 24 31 $24,923 $25,960
4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,574 $26,640
4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof 30 42 $26,198 $27,290
4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,994 $28,120
4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof 29 39 $27,255 $28,390
4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 29 39 $28,051 $29,220
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,539
$19,387
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,995
$20,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$267 / month
$337 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Compact wagons are few and far between, and with its fine handling and interior room, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring wagon makes us wonder why there aren't more. The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen isn't exactly like its sedan counterpart--it's noticeably smaller but nicer inside.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.2 91.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 41.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 101.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.5 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
- TBD - 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
176.6 179.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
59.8 59.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
24.3 32.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
65.3 66.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.2 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.8 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2937 3228
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
3.2 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 140
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
MPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4600 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.19 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.26 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Wagon 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Touring Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 (2010) 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- --
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- --
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- --
Rollover Rating
-

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