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2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata Review

New 2020 Volkswagen Jetta

2020 Volkswagen
Jetta

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New 2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Hyundai
Sonata

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MSRP*
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$18,895 to $27,945
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$23,600 to $33,850
Invoice* $18,139 to $26,827 $22,670 to $32,172
MPG - City 30 27 - 28
MPG - Hwy 40 37 - 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

Comfort
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.

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

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). 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. In this case, the Volkswagen Jetta will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Hyundai Sonata.

Dimensions
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.

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

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

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

Utility
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.

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