Compare 2013 Volkswagen Golf vs 2013 Kia Forte

2013 Volkswagen Golf
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2-Door HB Manual PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,371 $18,095
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,268 $19,030
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,427 $19,195
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,195 $19,995
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,325 $20,130
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $20,069 $20,905
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,125 $22,005
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $22,075 $22,995
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
2-Door HB Manual w/Tech Pkg TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,481 $28,625
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,537 $29,725
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $15,100 $15,400
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $16,080 $16,400
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,570 $17,400
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,950 $17,800
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,430 $18,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,520 $18,400
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,900 $18,800
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,380 $19,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,860 $19,800
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,860 $19,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,371
$15,100
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,095
$15,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$302 / month
$257 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Volkswagen Golf masterfully balances frisky performance, fuel-efficiency, and refinement in its GTI and even TDI editions, but as such it's priced as a premium model. It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.800 54.700
Front Leg Room (in)
41.200 43.300
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.000
Second Leg Room (in)
35.500 35.000
Front Head Room (in)
39.300 40.000
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.300
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.700 55.700
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93 96.800
Second Head Room (in)
38.500 37.600
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.600 61.600
Wheelbase (in)
101.500 104.300
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.300 69.900
Track Width, Front (in)
60.700 61.300
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.400 5.900
Length, Overall (in)
165.400 178.300
Height, Overall (in)
58.300 57.500
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.000 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 14.700
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.200 x 0.500 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.300 x 1.000 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.500 13.700
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.890
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.200
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.700 33.900
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2968 2729
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.000 6.400
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 156 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.600 3.580
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.120 1.960
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.650 4.330
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.030 0.970
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.630
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.780 3.300
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.360 1.250
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.770 0.770
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door HB 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Kia Forte
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 6.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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