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Which One Has The Edge?

If you are in the market for a new four-door sedan, you might have narrowed your search between the compact new Volkswagen Jetta and Hyundai Elantra. As two of the most popular modern cars on the market, the new 2022 Jetta and Elantra each bring a tremendous amount of value to drivers.

Both of these cars are efficient, come equipped with an efficient powertrain, and have a suite of helpful features. What's even more impressive is the fact that both car models come in varying trim levels so you can decide if you want the base model or a vehicle that is more well-equipped.

While you may think that you can't go wrong with either the new VW Jetta or Elantra, one of these cars ultimately holds the upper hand. In order to help you understand which modern sedan is ultimately the better buy, we are going to explore the design, performance, technology, and safety of each vehicle.

Every section that we have detailed below will provide a side-by-side comparison of both cars so you can see how these models compare. By the time you've read through this informative article, you will be armed with all of the knowledge you need to make an informed car purchasing decision.

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The design of the new 2022 VW Jetta takes a sporty exterior and matches it with a contemporary interior. Its modern, sleek lines give the new Jetta an athletic look that is hard to come by in this vehicle class, and the Elantra is simply unable to match it.

The new VW Jetta is a fully sporty sedan that has certain accents like LED head and taillights that provide it with a modern look and feel that is typically only found in luxury cars.

With a 10-color customizable interior lighting system, the cabin of the new VW Jetta provides options for the driver of the car to set the tone, regardless of what type of mood you might be in.

You can even choose to turn the ambient lighting off and settle for more natural light with the panoramic sunroof of this amazing vehicle.

Ultimately, the new Elantra from Hyundai is more of a budget car and this is noticeable from the first time you set foot inside the vehicle with its minimal design aesthetics and below-average legroom.

For these reasons, the exterior and interior design of the new VW Jetta is vastly better than its Hyundai Elantra counterpart.

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When it comes to performance, both the new Jetta and Elantra cars are considered to be some of the most effective vehicles in their class. But ultimately, the former car comes out on top.

The new VW Jetta is equipped with a 1.4 L turbocharged TSI inline four-cylinder engine. This powerful package gets you 147-horsepower and 184-lbs per feet of torque, which is plenty to get excited about. The best part is that the forward-thinking Jetta is also efficient on fuel with 30 city and 40 highway miles to the gallon. This car will definitely make it easy on your wallet.

There are also two other available performance features for the new VW Jetta in the form of the Cross Differential System XDS and Drive Mode Selection. Made available for the R-Line Jetta models, the Cross Differential System XDS applies braking pressure when needed for more precise turns.

The available Driving Mode Selection allows you to optimize the new Jetta for fuel economy, performance, or a custom style that forms perfectly to your driving patterns.

Due to the turbocharged yet fuel-efficient engine and the sheer amount of options present in the VW Jetta, the German vehicle ultimately outperforms the Hyundai Elantra.


When it comes to convenient and forward-thinking technology that improves the experience of the driver, the new VW Jetta has more to offer than the Hyundai Elantra.

VW Jetta offers an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system and the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. As the name would indicate, this is a technology that is exclusive to the VW car brand.

It offers the ability to display information digitally and it's fully customizable so you can control what you see. For example, you can set the display of the vehicle to reflect things like travel times, speed, estimated fuel economy, elevation, and more.

While it's true that the Hyundai Elantra also comes with some helpful features like Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, these are a few pieces of technology that already come standard with the new VW Jetta.

For these reasons, you get more technology and you can do way more with the VW Jetta. If you like fun and forward-thinking-tech in a sedan, the new VW Jetta is your best bet.

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A model's safety ratings and features are of paramount importance, and that is something that VW and Hyundai both take seriously. When it comes to crash test ratings, both cars - the Jetta and Elantra received the highest scores possible from the IIHS for each component of the vehicle tested.

Since both cars received positive safety ratings, it ultimately comes down to the safety features to see which sedan stands a little taller than the other.

As it turns out, the new VW Jetta offers more than the Hyundai Elantra.

Some of the VW Jetta's safety features include an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Intelligent Crash Response System, Rear View Camera System, Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution, and more.

Both the new Jetta and Elantra are considered to be two of the safest cars on the road today. But the new VW Jetta offers more in the terms of standard safety features, giving it the edge in this vehicle category.

Which One Is The Better Buy - Jetta or Elantra?

To this point, we have gone in-depth about the exterior and interior design, performance, technology, and safety offered in the new Volkswagen Jetta and Hyundai Elantra. While both cars are impressive, the new VW Jetta clearly has the edge because this contemporary yet sporty model provides drivers with the entire package.

The best part is that Volkswagen of Sanford has a variety of new VW Jetta models available in different trims and colors. Contact us today with any questions about the new Jetta or stop in the dealership to take a Jetta for a test drive today.

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