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2022 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

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2022 Hyundai
Sonata

MSRP*: $24,150 to $34,750
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

MSRP*: $26,345 to $31,545
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Invoice* $23,198 to $33,027 $25,291 to $29,515
MPG - City 23 - 28 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 38 MPG 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 180-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 191-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 290-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 8-Speed A/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 180 - 290 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 192.9 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 73.2 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 46.1 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 37.4 - 38.4 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI than the Hyundai Sonata, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Hyundai Sonata will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Convenience
With the Hyundai Sonata you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

Cost
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). Whether you pick the Hyundai Sonata or the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Hyundai Sonata and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Hyundai Sonata is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Hyundai Sonata, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Sonata is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Hyundai Sonata has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Sonata and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.