2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra

One noticeable trend to designs for vehicles in the new decade is an increase in sportiness, even at the compact car level. This is true for the Hyundai Elantra and plenty of others, but one compact sedan that is sticking to reliability and consistency over flashiness is the Volkswagen Jetta. But is the decision for the Jetta to remain aloof from modern trends leaving it behind in terms of power and other features inside?

It’s hard to say one vehicle has any real advantage over the other without uncovering the specifications and comparing them side-by-side. Below, you will find a table that pits the two compact sedans against each other in terms of their price, transmission, power, and audio capabilities. Keep in mind that each of the figures shown below represents available features and optional packages. Which one should you choose? Use the table to help you decide.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta 


2020 Hyundai Elantra 

$18,895  Starting MSRP  $19,150 
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic  Transmission  Continuously Variable Transmission 
147 & 184  Horsepower & Torque (lb-ft)  147 & 132 
9-Speaker, 1-Subwoofer Beats® Audio Premium Sound System  Sound System  8-Speaker Infinity® Premium Sound System 

Comparison Analysis

If you aren’t up on modern technology, the difference in transmission might leave you wondering which you would choose. The Jetta has a more familiar automatic transmission that most drivers expect. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) in the 2020 Hyundai Elantra is still an automatic transmission, but it won’t exactly feel the same way as most automatics already on the road. This is because a CVT only has one physical gear, instead of one gear per speed.

Both compact sedans match in horsepower exactly, but the turbocharged engine in the Jetta produces more torque. One more Beats® audio speaker than the Infinity® system in the Elantra makes for fuller sound from a customer-favorite brand. Although the base models don’t have premium audio or a few other features, the base model of the Jetta has a lower starting MSRP less than the base model of the Elantra. Those looking to get the most out of their 2020 Volkswagen Jetta also can get the SEL Premium ULEV trim level for maximum features.