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Selected Style 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
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
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 36 $18,528 $19,500
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 37 $15,599 $15,900
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 36 $16,790 $17,500
5-Door HB Automatic EX 24 34 $18,759 $19,700
5-Door HB Manual SX 21 29 $19,717 $20,900
5-Door HB Automatic SX 21 29 $20,658 $21,900
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $17,708 $18,600
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $18,659 $19,600
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 29 $19,436 $20,600
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 22 30 $20,378 $21,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,195
$15,599
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$15,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$265 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price. The 2014 Kia Forte finds better focus with well-rounded performance and grabby good looks, but its safety scores concern us.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 54.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 92.9 96.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 56.1
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 35.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.2
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.3
Front Hip Room (in) - 53.8
Second Hip Room (in) - 53.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 165.4 179.5
Height, Overall (in) 58.2 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 62
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 70.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.2 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 14.9
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.7 10.3
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size Full-Size NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3102 2736
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 X 6 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 X 6 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) Full-Size NA
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 480 600
Engine
Fuel System Sequential MPI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 131 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5 L/151 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-5 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 37
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 0.63
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.04 3.31
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.87 4.33
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56 1.26
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.19 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 1.96
Trans Order Code NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.16 0.98
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Golf Kia Forte
Body Style Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.0 6.3 (Est)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 8.0 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating
 
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