2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata

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Safety

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The Arteon 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 Sonata 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 Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Sonata doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Arteon offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Sonata doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Arteon offers an optional Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sonata only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Compared to metal, the Arteon’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Sonata has a metal gas tank.

Both the Arteon and the Sonata have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Sonata’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

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The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 90 more horsepower (268 vs. 178) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 195) than the Sonata Eco’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder. The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 83 more horsepower (268 vs. 185) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 178) than the Sonata’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 23 more horsepower (268 vs. 245) than the Sonata Limited 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Arteon is faster than the Hyundai Sonata:

Arteon

Sonata Eco

Sonata 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.8 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.1 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.5 MPH

89.4 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Arteon’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sonata doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Arteon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sonata:

Arteon

Sonata

Sonata

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The Arteon stops much shorter than the Sonata:

Arteon

Sonata

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

155 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Sonata (245/45R18 vs. 205/65R16). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sonata (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).

The Arteon’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sonata SE/Eco’s standard 65 series tires. The Arteon’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Sonata 2.0T’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Sonata SE/Eco. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Sonata 2.0T.

Suspension and Handling

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The Arteon has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Sonata’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Arteon’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Sonata (111.9 inches vs. 110.4 inches).

The Arteon SE 4Motion handles at .89 G’s, while the Sonata pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Sonata Eco (26.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Arteon’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. The Sonata’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Arteon SEL Premium has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Sonata doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Towing

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The Arteon has a 4850 lbs. towing capacity. The Sonata has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sonata doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Arteon’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sonata’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Arteon’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 Sonata’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Arteon’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Sonata’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Arteon’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 Sonata’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Arteon’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Sonata offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Arteon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited. The Arteon SEL Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Sonata.

The Arteon SEL Premium has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Sonata.

The Arteon has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited.

Both the Arteon and the Sonata offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Arteon has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sonata doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Arteon’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sonata doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Arteon and the Hyundai Sonata, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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