Compare 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan vs 2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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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
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,894
$18,971
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,515
$19,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$259 / month
$330 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 45.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 103.8
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.2
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 40.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 57.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 62.9
Wheelbase (in)
104.4 110.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.0 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
182.2 189.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.7 16.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.2 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.1 x 1.3 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 0.9 11.8 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 14.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA T125/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
195/65HR15 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
195/65HR15 P205/65R16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2804 3161
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.7 2.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
115 @ 5200 198 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 4000 184 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 35
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.18 3.59
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.93 3.25-4.33
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.88 1.28
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.83
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.70
Trans Type
5 6
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Hyundai Sonata
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
McPherson Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 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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