2016 Volkswagen Golf VS 2016 Hyundai Elantra
170-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder Engine 148-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder
25 city/36 highway Fuel Economy 27 city/37 highway
52.7 cubic feet Max Storage Space 14.8 cubic feet
4 Trim Levels 4

2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Volkswagen Golf interior

The compact car class has become flush with stylish new small cars that offer a great blend of performance and fuel economy. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Hyundai Elantra compares two compact cars that take different approaches. Volkswagen opts to go with a hatchback design with the Golf, while the Hyundai Elantra utilizes a more traditional sedan body style.

At the core of each car is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Volkswagen turbocharges their four-cylinder, enabling it to outperform the Elanta’s engine in the horsepower category, 170 to 148. Fuel economy ratings are similar on both cars, with the Elantra taking a slight edge, offering 27 city/37 highway miles per gallon, compared to the 25 city/36 highway earned by the Golf.

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf spreads its features and options out over four major trim levels. Even at the base trim, the Golf is still ready to keep everyone entertained, offering connectivity via Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB. Higher trims add connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

2016 Volkswagen Golf Storage Space

When comparing the storage capacity of both cars, the Elantra cannot compete with the hatchback body design of the Golf. The Elantra can offer 14.8 cubic feet of storage space. The Golf is able to best this without even having to fold its seats down, offering 22.8 cubic feet. Folding the rear seats down allows the storage capacity to max out at 52.7 cubic feet. If storage capacity is an important buying factor, the hatchback Golf cannot be beaten.

The backseat of the Golf is much roomier than that of the Elantra, able to seat even taller passengers comfortably. Opting for the Golf will get you more rear seat legroom and headroom than choosing the Elantra.

Choosing the Golf will also help keep everyone safe on the roads. The car earned a top government safety rating of five stars. In addition to this rating, the hatchback can be equipped with features like a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warnings and mitigation with automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alerts and a lane departure warning system with blind spot monitoring.

For car shoppers looking for to get the best combination of power, fuel economy, storage space and safety, very few cars on the market can match the 2016 Volkswagen Golf.

2016 Volkswagen Golf exterior