Compare 2012 Hyundai Elantra vs 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2012 Hyundai Elantra
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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,918 $15,345
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV Limited PZEV 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
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4-Door Manual Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual Base 24 33 $14,894 $15,515
4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,950 $16,615
4-Door Manual S 24 33 $15,979 $16,645
4-Door Automatic S 24 29 $17,035 $17,745
4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
4-Door Automatic SE 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $21,864 $22,775
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $22,921 $23,875
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,303 $25,315
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $24,331 $25,345
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $25,387 $26,445
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,918
$14,894
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,345
$15,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$259 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money. The 2012 VW Jetta delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans; skip the cost-cutter base versions in favor of the TDI or the GLI for a distinctive choice in the compact class.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
EPA Classification
Midsize cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.5 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.1 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.6 94.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 182.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.4
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 15.7
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.8 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2661 2804
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.2 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 140
Engine
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
131 @ 4700 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 33
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.28
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.67
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.33 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.88
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.63 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.45
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Axle Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- TBD - 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7
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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