2018 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Midsize sedans like the VW Passat continue to offer a lot of equipment options, performance and efficiency that are wrapped up in a very affordable package. For several years now, the Passat has led that charge for the automaker. A comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2018 Hyundai Elantra reveals how Spitzer VW customers are going to be in a stronger position than friends who chose its competitor. For the new model year, the 2018 Passat has added an upgraded four-cylinder engine that is more powerful with better efficiency scores and the entry-level trim grade can be equipped with active safety systems. The most exciting development is the addition of the new GT trim grade to the 2018 Passat lineup available at Spitzer Volkswagen. Buyers can take a closer look at the 2019 VW Passat today with one of our product experts by calling 877-305-7947.

One of the key areas where the 2018 VW Passat is able to overpower its Hyundai rival is performance. Entry-level versions of the 2018 Passat use a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. Owners will enjoy 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to propel them down the road. On the other side of the equation, the 2018 Elantra uses a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine of its own, but only has a peak output of 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Spitzer Volkswagen buyers looking for a little more punch from the 2018 Passat will want to focus on the new GT trim. It uses 3.6-liter, V-6 engine as well as the six-speed automatic transmission and makes 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. People who choose the 2018 Elantra also have some engine options to consider, just no V-6 option.

The long-running tradition of the Volkswagen Passat being one of the most comfortable sedans in its class will continue for the 2018 model. Independent reviews have given the Passat higher scores in handling and ride comfort than the Elantra. The 2018 Passat was praised for being soft and compliant while still easily absorbing imperfections on the highway surface. To be honest, the Elantra did well in this area as well, just not as well as the Passat. Another strong point of emphasis behind the design of the 2018 Passat is how easy VW engineers have made it to get in and out of the vehicle. The doors have been described as being large and easy to open. Riders in the back seat should be in for a very comfortable trip thanks to plenty of legroom. Finally, the 2018 Passat has a larger trunk than the Elantra. VW Passat owners will have more than 15 cubic-feet to use.


2018 VW Passat


2018 Hyundai Elantra

Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
174/184 Horsepower/Torque 147/132
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed manual
15.5 cu.-ft. Trunk Space 14.4 cu.-ft.



An interior photo showing the amount of space in the 2018 VW Passat.
A photo of the available technology on certain trims of the 2018 VW Passat.
A photo of the rear of the 2018 VW Passat.
A photo of the available trunk space in the 2018 VW Passat.