Compare: Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia, VW Jetta

Compare: Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia, VW Jetta
Highlights

VW Jetta and Skoda Octavia are equally long, and longer than Toyota Corolla and new Hyundai Elantra. Octavia is wider than Jetta, then Corolla and Elantra, and it is the tallest as well. Jetta has least wheelbase, Octavia in between and the other two have identical & longest measure of 2,700 mm.

VW Jetta and Skoda Octavia are equally long, and longer than Toyota Corolla and new Hyundai Elantra. Octavia is wider than Jetta, then Corolla and Elantra, and it is the tallest as well. Jetta has least wheelbase, Octavia in between and the other two have identical & longest measure of 2,700 mm. When it comes to ground clearance, Toyota Corolla has the highest value, 180 mm, whereas Elantra has 175 mm, Jetta has 159 mm and Octavia has 155 mm. But turning radius of Skoda Octavia is the least at 5.2 metres, when Elantra makes 5.3 m Corolla makes 5.4 m and VW Jetta makes 5.5 m.

Petrol Engine –

Skoda Octavia has the most powerful engine in this segment which also churns out much higher peak torque than the rest. It’s 1.4 litre TSI motor produces 140 PS and 250 Nm, mated to 6-speed manual gearbox, while the bigger 1.8 litre TSI unit pushes out 180 PS and 250 Nm, but mated to 7-speed DSG automatic only. Former engine claims 16.8 kmpl mileage while latter asserts 14.7 kmpl. VW Jetta has the smallest engine options – 1.4 TSI petrol churning out 122 PS and 200 Nm, mated to 6-speed manual transmission, delivering 14.69 kmpl.

Hyundai Elantra gets a new 2.0 liter petrol engine with dual VTVT, producing 152 PS and 196 Nm, mated to 6-MT as well as 6-speed conventional automatic transmission. Mileage claims are 16.3 kmpl and 14.5 kmpl respectively. Toyota Corolla also has a large 1.8 litre motor that delivers only 140 PS and 173 Nm. It is available with 6-MT as well as 7 step CVT automatic, both versions deliver 14.53 kmpl mileage as per the company.

Diesel Engine –

VW Jetta and Skoda Octavia are propelled by same 2.0 litre TDI engine with subtle tweaks making the motor churn out little extra power and lot more mileage as well, surprisingly on the latter. The engine is capable of 140 PS max power and 320 Nm peak torque, which are much higher than diesel versions of Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis. 2015 VW Jetta diesel claims 19.33 kmpl and 16.96 kmpl on 6-MT and 6-DSG variants respectively, while Octavia guarantees 20.6 kmpl and 19.3 kmpl.

New Hyundai Elantra diesel is powered by 1.6 litre CRDi engine pushing out 128 PS and 260 Nm, with options of 6-MT and 6-AT. Mileage of Elantra diesel variants are 22.54 kmpl and 18.23 kmpl respectively. Toyota Corolla diesel has only 6-speed manual version that claims only 21.43 kmpl fuel efficiency, although it is driven by an underpowered 1.4 litre engine generating 88.4 PS and 205 Nm.

Price –

The newest entrant, Hyundai Elantra is the most affordable of the lot, with price starting from INR 12.99 lakh for the petrol variant and INR 14.79 lakh for the diesel variant.

Below is a detailed spec comparo of the four sedans.

Hyundai Elantra

Toyota Corolla

Skoda Octavia

VW Jetta

Length (mm)

4570

4620

4659

4659

Width (mm)

1800

1775

1814

1778

Height (mm)

1465

1475

1476

1453

Wheelbase (mm)

2700

2700

2688

2648

Ground Clearance (mm)

NA

180

155

159

Turning Radius (m)

NA

5.4

5.2

5.5

Boot Volume (L)

NA

470

590

510

Tyres

205/60 R16

205/55 R16

205/55 R16

205/55 R16

Petrol Engine

2.0 Dual VTVT

1.8 Dual VVTi

1.4 TSI / 1.8 TSI

1.4 TSI

Power (PS)

152 @ 6200

140 @ 6400

140 @ 4500 – 6000 / 180 @ 5100 – 6200

122 @ 5000

Torque (Nm)

196 @ 4000

173 @ 4000

250 @ 1500 – 3500 / 250 @ 1250 – 5000

200 @ 1500 – 4000

Transmission

6 MT / 6 AT

6 MT / 7 CVT

6 MT / 7 DSG

6 MT

Mileage (kmpl)

14.59 / 14.62

14.53

16.8 / 14.7

14.69

Weight (kgs)

NA

1180

1260

1354

Price (INR Lakh)

12.99 – 17.99

14.01 – 18.80

16.82 – 21.13

14.87 – 16.45

Diesel Engine

1.6 VGT

1.4 D-4D

2.0 TDI

2.0 TDI

Power (PS)

128 @ 4000

88.4 @ 3800

143 @ 4000

140 @ 4200

Torque (Nm)

265 @ 1500 – 2750

205 @ 1800 – 2800

320 @ 1750 – 3000

320 @ 1750 – 2500

Transmission

6 MT / 6 AT

6 MT

6 MT / 6 DSG

6 MT / 6 DSG

Mileage (kmpl)

22.54 / 18.23

21.43

20.6 / 19.3

19.33 / 16.86

Weight (kgs)

NA

1230

1340

1401

Price (INR Lakh, ex- Delhi)

14.79 – 19.19

14.96 – 1787

18.73 – 22.70

16.07 – 21.05

This article first appeared on Rushlane.com

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