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2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata Review

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2021 Volkswagen

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2021 Hyundai

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$18,995 to $28,045
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$23,700 to $33,950
Invoice* $18,235 to $26,924 $22,766 to $32,267
MPG - City 29 - 30 23 - 28
MPG - Hwy 39 - 41 33 - 38
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

The Volkswagen Jetta offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Hyundai Sonata. The Hyundai Sonata will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta.

The Hyundai Sonata requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Volkswagen Jetta, making it more convenient to drive.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Volkswagen Jetta is clearly a better financial choice over the Hyundai Sonata. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Volkswagen Jetta and the Hyundai Sonata have similar Destination Charges.

Since the Volkswagen Jetta is much slimmer than the Hyundai Sonata, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Volkswagen Jetta is slightly shorter than the Hyundai Sonata, which may make it easier to park.

With its lower torque, the Volkswagen Jetta doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Hyundai Sonata.

The Volkswagen Jetta has about the same turning radius as the Hyundai Sonata, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

The Volkswagen Jetta has less horsepower than the Hyundai Sonata, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Volkswagen Jetta and the Hyundai Sonata. The Volkswagen Jetta has less cargo capacity than the Hyundai Sonata, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

The basic warranty of the Volkswagen Jetta is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Hyundai Sonata.