2019 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The e-Golf has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Nexo doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The e-Golf SEL Premium has standard Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Nexo doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the e-Golf and the Nexo 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The e-Golf’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Nexo’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo (126 city/111 hwy vs. 65 city/58 hwy MPGe).

Tires and Wheels

The e-Golf’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Nexo’s standard 60 series tires.

The e-Golf has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Nexo; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the e-Golf’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen e-Golf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 650 pounds less than the Hyundai Nexo.

The e-Golf is 1 foot, 3.8 inches shorter than the Nexo, making the e-Golf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The e-Golf is 7 inches shorter in height than the Nexo, making the e-Golf much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Ergonomics

The e-Golf’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Nexo’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The e-Golf’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Nexo’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the e-Golf SEL Premium has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Nexo doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Nexo has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Nexo has never been chosen.

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