2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata

The 2016 model year has been an exciting one thus far, featuring a wide-range of new and improved sedans. The mid-size sedan segment especially has some great vehicle options for new car shoppers. Two of the leaders in the mid-sized sedan class are the Volkswagen Passat and Hyundai Sonata. Both vehicles have risen above the competition by offering high fuel economy ratings, impressive performance, and cutting-edge features. So, which model is actually the one for you? Let’s take a more in-depth look at the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

Both the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and 2016 Hyundai Sonata have been updated for the new model year. The Passat has had the most major redesign of the two, with a full facelift both inside and out. The Sonata on the other hand, has only had a few minor changes. Between these two models, the VW Passat definitely has the edge when it comes to the design. The Passat has been newly refined with a hint of sportiness that will allow it to stand out among the competition, while the Sonata brings much of the same. So how else do the two vehicles compare?

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2016 Volkswagen Passat VS 2016 Hyundai Sonata
1.8-liter, 4-cylinder Base Engine 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder
170 horsepower / 184 lb.-ft. of torque Base Power Ratings 185 horsepower / 178 lb.-ft. of torque
Available Driver Assistance Features Available
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink Smartphone Connectivity Android Auto

Comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and 2016 Hyundai Sonata

Overall the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and 2016 Hyundai Sonata are incredibly similar. Both vehicles have 4-cylinder and V6 engine options. The fuel economy of each vehicle’s engine is the same for the 4-cylinder options and similar for the V6 options. For the performance specs, the 4-cylinder engine of the Passat has slightly less horsepower than the 4-cylinder engine of the Sonata, however, the Passat moves ahead when you look at the torque. For the vehicles’ V6 engines, the Passat has more horsepower than the Sonata. Looking at performance and efficiency, both models have a lot to offer and each have their own advantages.

As for the features and technology, the Volkswagen Passat and Hyundai Sonata also have many of the same features and much of the same technology. Both models offer an impressive package of driver assistance technology and the latest smartphone connectivity. It should be noted however, that the Passat is more compatible overall with smartphones than the Sonata. Both models have Android Auto functionality, but the Passat also adds in Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink functionality. Depending on what is important to you, this may help you choose a vehicle.

Overall, both the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and 2016 Hyundai Sonata are very much alike. Their minor differences may help you choose one over the other, but if you’re still on the fence, a test drive may be just what you need to pick the model for you. If you would like to learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen Passat or to schedule your test drive, reach out to our staff here at Donaldsons Volkswagen.

2016 VW Passat exterior redesign
2016 Hyundai Sonata exterior redesign
2016 VW Passat interior technology and features
2016 hyundai sonata interior technology and features

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