2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Passenger side exterior view of a white 2018 VW Passat on the left "vs" driver side exterior view of a red 2018 Hyundai Sonata on the left

When you are looking to upgrade your current car to new mid-size sedan you want it to be stylish, spacious, and fuel efficient and the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata are all three of those things. When trying to choose between two similar vehicles like the 2018 Passat and the 2018 Sonata it can be confusing as you comb through all of the specs and features provided on the manufacturer's website. That is why we have organized the key similarities and differences of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata right here for you to ease your decision-making process.

2018 Volkswagen Passat


2018 Hyundai Sonata

2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.4L Inline 4-Cylinder
174 HP/ 184 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 185 HP/ 178 LB-FT
6-Speed Automatic w/ Tiptronic & Sport Mode Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic w/ Shiftronic
25 MPG City/ 36 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 25 MPG City/ 36 MPG HWY
*EPA estimates of the Base Trim level with Standard Equipment.

What are the Differences & Similarities Between the 2018 Passat & the 2018 Sonata?

The chart above depicts the standard drivetrain specs of the 2018 VW Passat and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, and as you can see they are almost the same, but both the 2018 Passat and the 2018 Sonata offer more than their standard drivetrain. The 2018 VW Passat makes a 3.6L V6 engine available that cranks out 280 horsepower and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata offers a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4-Cylinder engine that only produces 245 horsepower. Performance under the hood is an important aspect when purchasing a new vehicle, but not as important as the interior space and amenities provided.

Both the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata have seating for five people, but the 2018 Passat provides passengers with more second-row legroom than the 2018 Sonata does. The 2018 Volkswagen Passat also provides more interior features available at lower trim levels than the 2018 Hyundai Sonata as well. Features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Remote Start, and Heated Rear Seats can be found inside the 2018 Volkswagen Passat at lower trim levels compared to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata’s features at the same trim level. All this means to you is that to get the same interior amenities as the 2018 VW Passat offers you would have to pay for a trim upgrade on the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. That makes the decision between the 2018 Passat and the 2018 Sonata easier because the 2018 Volkswagen Passat offers more for less. You can get behind the wheel of the attractive 2018 VW Passat today at EVS Volkswagen in Menomonee Falls, WI and experience everything that it has to offer first-hand.