2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata

White 2018 VW Passat vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Here’s the thing about buying a new car: Sometimes the specs are surprisingly similar. In comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata, you might be shocked by the way the models parallel each other. One specific example? If you’re looking for the most efficient option for a midsize sedan, these vehicles offer an identical 15 city and 36 highway mpg rating, and even boast the same 18.5-gallon fuel tank. This means if you drive the same in each model, you’ll likely experience the same range.

Engine specs for both models are fairly similar, though they split when it comes to available upgrades in the fact that the top-of-the-line 2018 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium and GT trims feature a V6. This allows the most potent option to boast 280 ponies, compared to the top Sonata’s 245 horsepower.

2018 Volkswagen Passat


2018 Hyundai Sonata

Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Base Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
174hp/185 lb-ft of torque Performance 185hp/178 lb-ft of torque
15.9 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 16.3 cu. ft.
Standard Automatic Emergency Braking Available

Features and trims for the 2018 VW Passat

Mechanically, it’s clear that you’ll find a similar driving experience for these two front-wheel drive sedans. So how about standard features?

You’ll find the 2018 Volkswagen Passat comes with the following:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 8-way power driver’s seat
  • Bluetooth
  • 5-inch touchscreen

An available driver assistance package also adds on forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot monitor. Some of these features, like blind spot detection, are found standard on the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, but surprisingly automatic emergency braking is not only absent, but not even optional until the SEL trim. The only model on which in is standard for the Sonata is the top-trim Limited 2.0T.

Curious about the 2018 Volkswagen Passat? The best way to decide if a model is right for you is to take it for a test drive. Stop by New Century Volkswagen to learn more about trims and other options.