2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 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.

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.

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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Arteon the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 185 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sonata has not been tested, yet.

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 88 more horsepower (268 vs. 180) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 195) than the Sonata SEL Plus/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder. The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 77 more horsepower (268 vs. 191) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 181) than the Sonata’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Volkswagen Arteon is faster than the Sonata SEL Plus/Limited 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder:

Arteon

Sonata

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.4 sec

20 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Arteon has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sonata (17.4 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 SE

Sonata SEL

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

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’s standard 65 series tires. The Arteon’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Sonata SEL Plus/Limited’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. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Sonata SEL Plus/Limited.

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.

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’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/SEL Plus/Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Sonata doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Arteon’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Sonata SEL/SEL Plus/Limited.

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/SEL Plus/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/SEL Plus/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.

Recommendations

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

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