Compare 2014 Volkswagen Golf vs 2014 Kia Forte

2014 Volkswagen Golf
2014 Kia Forte
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4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
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
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 37 $15,599 $15,900
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 36 $16,790 $17,500
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $17,708 $18,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 36 $18,528 $19,500
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $18,659 $19,600
5-Door HB Automatic EX 24 34 $18,759 $19,700
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 29 $19,436 $20,600
5-Door HB Manual SX 21 29 $19,717 $20,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 22 30 $20,378 $21,600
5-Door HB Automatic SX 21 29 $20,658 $21,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,195
$15,599
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$15,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$265 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
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
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.3
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 Hip Room (in)
- 53.1
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.8
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 70.1
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.2 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 14.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 34.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3102 2736
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size NA
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
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-5 Regular Unleaded I-4
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
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 Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 0.98
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
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Kia Forte
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
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
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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