As I suggested in the title, this race is a really weird one. The Golf GTI is said to have 211 PS, which is wrong – it's supposed to have 220 PS or 230 PS with an optional feature. Yet we checked, the Korean importer website and they're right, it really does have 211 PS. The torque number is correct, 35.7 kgf-m, equivalent to exactly 350 Nm.
We shouldn't forget the fact that Sonata sedans are much larger, competing for size with the Passat. In this test, the Golf is a massive 150 kilograms lighter and it has the superior gearbox as well: DSG versus simple 6-speed automatic. And yet…
As you're about to see, the Sonata Turbo leaves the Golf GTI and an Audi A4 for dead off the line. Here comes the conspiracy theory: the Koreans "forgot" to use launch control, which would have give the GTI and advantage.
Of course, there could be something wrong with the ECO map of the Korean-spec Golf. However, this video does prove that the Sonata Turbo is seriously fast for a big sedan. It might be worth your money, considering the size of the boot and how cool the body kit makes it look.