Compare 2010 Kia Forte vs 2010 Volkswagen Jetta

2010 Kia Forte
2010 Volkswagen Jetta
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 34 $16,190 $16,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 34 $14,410 $14,695
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 31 $17,610 $18,495
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual EX 25 34 $15,230 $15,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $13,430 $13,695
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual SX 22 32 $16,660 $17,495
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $16,760 $17,595
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $17,810 $18,695
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 25 34 $15,810 $16,595
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $16,860 $17,695
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4-Door Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Limited 23 30 $18,707 $19,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Limited PZEV 23 30 $18,707 $19,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S 23 30 $18,048 $18,705
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 23 30 $18,048 $18,705
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE 23 30 $20,348 $21,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 23 30 $20,348 $21,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 23 30 $22,016 $23,280
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 23 30 $22,016 $23,280
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $22,627 $23,930
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI Cup 30 42 $24,651 $26,090
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Wolfsburg 24 32 $22,006 $23,265
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Wolfsburg PZEV 24 32 $22,006 $23,265
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Limited 22 30 $17,608 $18,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Limited PZEV 22 30 $17,608 $18,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S 22 30 $16,949 $17,605
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S PZEV 22 30 $16,949 $17,605
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 22 30 $19,249 $20,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 22 30 $19,249 $20,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI 30 41 $21,528 $22,830
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI Cup 30 41 $23,552 $24,990
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Wolfsburg 21 31 $20,907 $22,165
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Wolfsburg PZEV 21 31 $20,907 $22,165
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S 23 30 $19,915 $20,610
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 23 30 $19,915 $20,610
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE 23 30 $21,757 $23,240
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 23 30 $21,757 $23,240
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $24,299 $25,715
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S 22 30 $18,816 $19,510
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S PZEV 22 30 $18,816 $19,510
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI 30 41 $23,200 $24,615
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,190
$18,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,995
$19,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$283 / month
$323 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down. "Farfegnugen" no longer applies to the entire 2010 Volkswagen Jetta line, but with an excellent interior and an available TDI engine, the Jetta sedan or SportWagen makes a lot of sense for budget-conscious or even eco-conscious families.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.8 91
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.3 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.3 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 179.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 57.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 16.0
Brakes
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)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.2 X 0.5
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)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.9
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.7 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.8 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2740 3285
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
- TBD - NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
- TBD - Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.56
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.48 3.19
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 2.37
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 4.04
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Body Style
4dr Sdn Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.5

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