2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Nexo has a standard Limited to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The e-Golf only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Nexo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Nexo and the e-Golf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Hyundai Nexo weighs 531 to 657 pounds more than the Volkswagen e-Golf. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The e-Golf’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The Nexo comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years unlimited miles. Hyundai will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the e-Golf.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Nexo 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the e-Golf. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the e-Golf ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 28 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Nexo’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 6 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

The Nexo’s electric motor produces 27 more horsepower (161 vs. 134) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 214) than the e-Golf’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Nexo’s maximum driving range is 380 miles, over three times as far as the e-Golf’s 125 mile range. After it exhausts its hydrogen, the Nexo can then refuel in minutes, while the e-Golf has to recharge for 1 hour for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 26 hours.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the e-Golf:

 

Nexo

e-Golf

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo has larger standard tires than the e-Golf (225/60R17 vs. 205/55R16). The Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the e-Golf (245/45R19 vs. 205/55R16).

The Nexo Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the e-Golf’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the e-Golf. The Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

The Nexo has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The e-Golf’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nexo’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the e-Golf (109.8 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Nexo is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 4.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the e-Golf.

Passenger Space

The Nexo has 7.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the e-Golf (101.3 vs. 93.5).

The Nexo has 1 inch more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the e-Golf.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nexo’s rear seats recline. The e-Golf’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the e-Golf with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 22.8 cubic feet). The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the e-Golf with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Nexo Limited’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Nexo’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Nexo has standard extendable sun visors. The e-Golf doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nexo Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The e-Golf doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Nexo Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Nexo’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The e-Golf’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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