Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Volkswagen JETTA VS 2013 Hyundai Elantra Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Volkswagen JETTA

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2013 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

The Jetta has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Jetta and the Elantra Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Volkswagen Jetta is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Jetta

Elantra Sedan

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

41%

42%

Neck Stress

213 lbs.

239 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

255/93 lbs.

536/91 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Volkswagen Jetta is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Jetta

Elantra Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Abdominal Force

227 G’s

339 G’s

Hip Force

414 lbs.

454 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

405

424

Spine Acceleration

63 G’s

70 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

323

396

Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

715 lbs.

832 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Jetta’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Elantra Sedan’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Jetta for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Elantra Sedan.

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Jetta’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Elantra Sedan’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine Comparison

The Jetta SE/SEL’s standard 2.5 DOHC 5 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (170 vs. 148) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 131) than the Elantra Sedan’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. The Jetta GLI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (200 vs. 148) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 131) than the Elantra Sedan’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Jetta’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 105 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 131) than the Elantra Sedan’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jetta GLI is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan (manual transmissions tested):

Jetta

Elantra Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.9 MPH

86.6 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Volkswagen Jetta is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan (automatics tested):

Jetta SE/SEL

Jetta GLI

Elantra Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

n/a

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

6.8 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.9 sec

17.4 sec

26.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.1 sec

7.1 sec

9.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.2 sec

n/a

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.4 sec

n/a

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

15.1 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

94 MPH

84 MPH

Top Speed

124 MPH

124 MPH

118 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Jetta’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Elantra Sedan:

Horsepower

Torque

Jetta S 2.0 SOHC 4 cyl.

5200 RPM

4000 RPM

Jetta TDI 2.0 Turbo Diesel 4 cyl.

4200 RPM

1750 RPM

Jetta SE/SEL 2.5 DOHC 5 cyl.

5700 RPM

4250 RPM

Jetta GLI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

5100 RPM

1800 RPM

Elantra Sedan 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

6500 RPM

4700 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Jetta TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan:

Jetta

Elantra Sedan

Manual

30 city/42 hwy

29 city/40 hwy

Auto

30 city/42 hwy

29 city/40 hwy

The Jetta has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Elantra Sedan (14.5 vs. 12.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Jetta GLI’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Elantra Sedan:

Jetta GLI

Elantra Sedan

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

10.3 inches

The Jetta stops much shorter than the Elantra Sedan:

Jetta

Elantra Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Jetta SEL/GLI’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Elantra Sedan (225/45R17 vs. 215/45R17).

The Jetta GLI’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Jetta GLI offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Elantra Sedan’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Jetta has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Elantra Sedan, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Jetta GLI has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Elantra Sedan has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Jetta has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Jetta flat and controlled during cornering. The Elantra Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Jetta GLI handles at .90 G’s, while the Elantra Sedan GLS pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Jetta TDI goes through Popular Mechanics’ slalom 2.9 MPH faster than the Elantra Sedan GLS (72.2 vs. 69.3 MPH).

The Jetta TDI performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver 1.1 MPH faster than the Elantra Sedan GLS (51.5 vs. 50.4 MPH).

The Jetta GLI executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Elantra Sedan GLS (26.4 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Jetta SEL is quieter than the Elantra Sedan Limited (72 vs. 74 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Jetta has a larger trunk than the Elantra Sedan (15.5 vs. 14.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Jetta SE/SEL/TDI. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Jetta and the Elantra Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Jetta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Elantra Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Jetta’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Elantra Sedan’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Jetta the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Elantra Sedan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Jetta (except S) to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Jetta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Jetta will cost $590 to $1690 less than the Elantra Sedan over a five-year period.

The Jetta will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Jetta will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Elantra Sedan.

Jetta

Elantra Sedan

Four Year

43% to 46%

33%

Two Year

58% to 62%

48%

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