Last post on Apr 27, 2007 at 4:43 AM
You are in the Hyundai Elantra
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Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Rabbit, Sedan
#134 of 140 Why the RABBIT comparison, anyway?
Apr 23, 2007 (8:15 pm)
Shouldn't this really be a comparison to the JETTA? Apples to Apples, ya know...
I'm making this comparison right now, as a matter of fact, having driven a Jetta Value Edition and a well-equipped Elantra GLS today. The Jetta is clearly a superior vehicle in the driving experience and the quality of the interior, but is it well over a thousand dollars better?
Perhaps. Both vehicles have their strong points and their not-so-strong points, some of which I list below:
Elantra: Wins on price, wins on exterior styling (subjective, I know, but I hate the Jetta's styling), wins (by a lot) on combined interior & trunk space, wins on some equipment choices at this price point (hooray for fog lights, for instance), wins (by a lot) on mileage, wins on warranty coverage (and all joking aside, which brand is perenially at the bottom of the class with JD Power surveys?), wins on standard XM radio, wins with an aux-in jack for the stereo that isn't hiding in the glovebox, wins on more cubby space in the interior. Loses on the "feel" of the driveline (even though both cars are roughly equal in objective numbers), loses on interior styling (also subjective), loses on suspension feel, loses on resale value (but not by as much as I initially thought, the difference is very small), loses on cool exhaust note, loses on snob value (which I don't discount, btw). Oh, and loses on the availability of a stability control system.
Now, factor in ANOTHER thousand dollars in the form of a rebate.
Is the entry-level Jetta worth well over over TWO thousand dollars more than a well-equipped GLS?
Again, perhaps. If you have the money, that Jetta is a nice piece. But, and this is a BIG but, nearly $2500 is a HUUUUGE difference at this price level. The Elantra is a very nice car for the pittance that they are selling it for. It's even a very nice car for MORE than they are selling it for. I'm impressed by what Hyundai has become, considering the joke they were in years past. The Sonata V6 that I rented the other day, with over 30k on the odo, was tight as a drum and drove really, really well... Thus the reason I even visited a Hyundai dealer. If not for that experience, I never would've even looked. People who discount Hyundais are doing themselves a great disservice.
#135 of 140 Re: Why the RABBIT comparison, anyway? [2rotor]
Apr 24, 2007 (6:36 am)
If ESC is important to you, you might also check out the Sonata GLS (4-cylinder), which has a $2000 rebate on it so it really isn't much more than an Elantra. I've seen Sonatas advertised recently for under $14k.
Now that the new Elantra hatch/wagon has been unveiled, the comparison to the Rabbit is a little more direct. But I suppose if the likes of C/D can compare the Elantra sedan to the Rabbit, we can too.
#136 of 140 Re: Why the RABBIT comparison, anyway? [backy]
Apr 24, 2007 (8:36 am)
agreed. Its much easier to find similiarly priced/equipped rabbits and elantras than elantras and jettas. (the gli decked out can near 30k, most people wont even pay that for a sonata. But then again there is no need to.)
Once the sportwagen comes, it'll be interesting to see how the elantra hatch stacks up too. Backy when is it coming? is there a release date?
#137 of 140 Re: Why the RABBIT comparison, anyway? [eldaino]
Apr 24, 2007 (11:47 am)
There was a news report yesterday about early 2008 for the Elantra wagon.
#138 of 140 Re: Why the RABBIT comparison, anyway? [backy]
Apr 25, 2007 (4:40 am)
sweet thanks man.
#139 of 140 Re: Why the RABBIT comparison, anyway? [backy]
Apr 25, 2007 (12:47 pm)
When I was at the dealer this morning the person who sold me my 07 Elantra SE told me that the 2009 Elantra is going to have an optional 50 state legal turbodiesel. So, in 2009 I can choose between an Elantra or Rabbit diesel. Sweet.
#140 of 140 Re: Why the RABBIT comparison, anyway? [mike91326]
Apr 27, 2007 (4:43 am)
nice. although i think i'd still take the rabbit, no one does diesels like vee dub.