If you live in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Newport Beach, driving a hatchback could be a great option. You get a sporty feel for those long stretches of Southern California highway, plenty of storage capacity to transport all your equipment and gear, and a stylish look, to boot.

That’s why our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine wrote this comparison: to introduce you to the best of the best. In this post, we’ll review the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the hatchback that Hyundai offers: the 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT.

If you have any questions when you’re finished reading, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Passenger Space: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and Hyundai Elantra GT

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has a distinct advantage over the 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT in terms of space for the rear passengers.

In the back of the Volkswagen hatchback, passengers will get 38.6 inches of headroom and 35.6 inches of legroom.

In the back of the Hyundai hatchback, passengers will only have 37.9 inches of headroom and 34.6 inches of legroom.

Cargo Room: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs Hyundai Elantra GT

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack reigns supreme with regards to cargo space, as it offers up to 30.4 cubic feet with all the seats in place, and up to 66.5 cubic feet with all the seats stowed.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT merely gives you cargo capacities of 23 cubic feet and 51 cubic feet, respectively.

Engine Power: Volkswagen vs Hyundai

Let’s look at the standard engines for each of these hatchbacks.

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack provides a 1.8L turbocharged straight injection engine that delivers impressive horsepower, torque, and fuel efficiency: 170 horsepower, 199 lb-ft of torque, 22 city MPG, and 30 highway MPG.*

While the Hyundai Elantra GT’s horsepower and fuel efficiency may be impressive, the torque rating isn’t as remarkable. It offers just 154 lb-ft of torque.

Miscellaneous Performance Capabilities

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes equipped with a few standard and available systems that’ll ensure you can get off the beaten path and follow your adventure. Here’s a brief overview:

  • 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive: for optimal traction.
  • Off-Road mode: navigate a variety of terrains.
  • Hill Descent Control: safe and effective braking.
  • Steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters: combines manual excitement with automatic ease.

The Hyundai Elantra GT has a variety of comparable systems. All in all, the two vehicles stack up against each other very well in this department.

Schedule a Test Drive at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine

While the Hyundai Elantra GT was a tough competitor, it’s clear that the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is the general winner. It’s simply the better hatchback.

If you live in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Newport Beach, and you’re interested in taking this car for a test drive, just contact us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine.

All you need to do is call, chat with us online, or stop by our showroom, and we’ll happily set you up with a test drive of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack today.