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Selected Style 4-Door Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,387 $20,195
4-Door Manual PZEV S 23 33 $19,387 $20,195
4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door Automatic PZEV S 24 31 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $23,242 $24,210
4-Door Automatic PZEV SE 24 31 $23,242 $24,210
4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof 24 31 $24,923 $25,960
4-Door Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 24 31 $24,923 $25,960
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $24,517 $25,540
4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,574 $26,640
4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof 30 42 $26,198 $27,290
4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof 29 39 $27,255 $28,390
4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,994 $28,120
4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 29 39 $28,051 $29,220
5-Door Wagon Manual Base
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Automatic Base 25 30 $15,100 $15,700
5-Door Wagon Manual Base 25 30 $13,600 $13,900
5-Door Wagon Manual + 24 29 $15,650 $16,300
5-Door Wagon Automatic + 23 28 $16,600 $17,300
5-Door Wagon Automatic ! 23 28 $18,700 $19,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,387
$13,600
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,195
$13,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$337 / month
$232 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen isn't exactly like its sedan counterpart--it's noticeably smaller but nicer inside. The name rings true: this Kia has a Soul, with fun road manners and tall-wagon practicality baked into its kicky shape.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wagons Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 39.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.1 42.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.3
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 39.0
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 40.2
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 91.7 102.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 6.5
Length, Overall (in) 179.4 161.6
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 59.2 63.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 62.5
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 100.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 61.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.8 19.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 66.9 53.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x 0.5 10.3 x 0.4
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) 11.3 x 1.0 11.0 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 12.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 34.6
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 14.6
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3228 2800
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.0 5.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 90
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/151 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 138 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 123 @ 4850
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 30
Transmission
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 3.70
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 1.95
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.65 4.26-4.56
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.72
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 3.61
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - 8.2
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.28
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 5 Door Wagon
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Kia Soul
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.1 6.7
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 -
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