2022 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2022 Hyundai Elantra: nothing beats the experience

Despite the decline in popularity, the compact car segment remains a very popular category for buyers who are not looking for an SUV. And let’s face it, today’s compact cars have become refined and enjoyable creations to own.

The two models we’re taking the time to measure here are good examples. On the one hand, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra is entering its second year on the market since its last redesign. On the other hand, the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta, which is in its fourth year since its 2019 renewal, except that for 2022, it benefits from updates that rejuvenate it as much as possible.

Upgrades that allow it to be ever more relevant than its Korean rival.


First of all, the Volkswagen Jetta 2022 sees its styling touched up for the new year. This is especially visible at the height of the grille, which has an additional chrome strip. The latter is flanked by the brand’s logo for a very successful effect. On the GLI variant, red accents, the favorite color of this model variation, are added between the bands. The result is superb, really.

What’s more, for 2022, each version of the Jetta gets new wheels. Basically, it’s a brand-new vehicle that’s being offered to you, all while the Elantra’s design is still being talked about. If the rear of this car is rather successful, the front style is not unanimous. It’s likely to age poorly, which will hurt the car’s value in the long run.

With the Jetta, you don’t even have to think about it, because the classic look of the model will still be attractive in 10 or even 20 years.

New powertrain

Usually, you have to wait for the arrival of a new generation of products to see the debut of a new engine. Volkswagen didn’t think twice about it, and for 2022, the Jetta will inherit the block from the new Taos SUV. The 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder will be replaced by a 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder. The result: a gain in horsepower (147 to 158) while torque remains stable at 184 lb-ft.

With the base version of the Elantra, we get a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower but only 132 lb-ft of torque. So, we’re better served at Volkswagen.

Behind the wheel

Finally, even though the new Elantra offers a more interesting driving experience than the one it replaced, the pleasure behind the wheel is still with the Volkswagen representative. The richness of the torque, the smoothness with which the powertrain works, the compromise between comfort and rigidity of the running gear, as well as the connection with the road, everything is more inviting with the Jetta.

Come test drive the model and you’ll be convinced. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us.