Compare 2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 Hyundai Elantra

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2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition 25 37 $17,455 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $18,523 $19,295
2-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $19,579 $20,395
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $20,155 $20,995
4-Door HB Manual TSI S w/Sunroof 25 37 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door Manual TSI S 25 36 $20,539 $21,395
4-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 $21,451 $22,345
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S w/Sunroof 25 36 $21,499 $22,395
4-Door Automatic TSI S 25 35 $21,595 $22,495
4-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Manual TDI S 31 43 $23,611 $24,595
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SE 25 36 $23,899 $24,895
4-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $24,370 $25,385
4-Door DSG TDI S 31 42 $24,667 $25,695
2-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $24,850 $25,885
4-Door HB Manual TDI SE 30 45 $24,859 $25,895
2-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,229 $26,280
4-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $25,426 $26,485
4-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,806 $26,880
4-Door Automatic TSI SE 25 35 $25,915 $26,995
4-Door HB DSG TDI SE 31 43 $25,915 $26,995
2-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,286 $27,380
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SEL 25 36 $26,299 $27,395
2-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $26,673 $27,785
4-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,862 $27,980
4-Door Manual TDI SE 31 43 $26,875 $27,995
4-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $27,250 $28,385
4-Door HB Manual TDI SEL 30 45 $27,259 $28,395
2-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $27,730 $28,885
4-Door DSG TDI SE 31 42 $27,931 $29,095
2-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,109 $29,280
4-Door Automatic TSI SEL 25 35 $28,171 $29,345
4-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $28,306 $29,485
4-Door HB DSG TDI SEL 31 43 $28,315 $29,495
4-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,686 $29,880
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 25 34 $28,843 $30,045
4-Door Manual TDI SEL 31 43 $29,131 $30,345
2-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,166 $30,380
4-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,742 $30,980
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 25 33 $29,899 $31,145
4-Door DSG TDI SEL 31 42 $30,187 $31,445
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $30,277 $31,540
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $31,334 $32,640
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4-Door Sedan Manual SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 27 37 $16,734 $17,250
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 28 38 $17,629 $18,250
5-Door HB Manual 24 34 $18,121 $18,800
5-Door HB Automatic 24 33 $19,071 $19,800
4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 24 34 $20,672 $21,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 27 37 $20,766 $21,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV Limited 27 37 $20,766 $21,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV Sport 24 35 $21,610 $22,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport 24 35 $21,610 $22,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,455
$16,734
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$17,250
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$288 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI trade flashy looks for great interior and cargo space, especially in the SportWagen model—but they don't give up anything for driving fun. Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.5 95.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 33.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 43.6
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 40
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- 52.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
167.5 179.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 62
Wheelbase (in)
103.8 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61 61.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
52.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
22.8 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 14.8
Brakes
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)
10.7 10.3
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 11
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 12.8
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 34.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65TR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65TR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2901 2773
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 15 X 5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 15 X 5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 145 @ 6500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 130 @ 4700
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 27
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.26
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 4.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.58
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.31
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.63
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Hyundai Elantra
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 (Est) 5.7
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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