Compare 2011 Kia Forte vs 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2011 Kia Forte
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,700 $14,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,680 $15,995
5-Door HB Manual EX 25 34 $16,090 $16,895
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,190 $16,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,570 $17,395
5-Door HB Automatic EX 26 36 $17,040 $17,895
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,140 $17,995
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
5-Door HB Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,000 $18,895
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,470 $19,395
5-Door HB Automatic SX 23 32 $18,470 $19,395
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4-Door Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 24 34 $14,750 $15,365
4-Door Automatic 23 29 $15,807 $16,465
4-Door Manual S 24 34 $15,835 $16,495
4-Door Automatic S 23 29 $16,891 $17,595
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,467 $18,195
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,467 $18,195
4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $18,523 $19,295
4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $18,523 $19,295
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $18,763 $19,545
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $18,763 $19,545
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 31 $19,819 $20,645
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 31 $19,819 $20,645
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $19,963 $20,795
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $19,963 $20,795
4-Door Manual SEL 23 33 $20,539 $21,395
4-Door Manual SEL PZEV 23 33 $20,539 $21,395
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 31 $21,019 $21,895
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,019 $21,895
4-Door Manual TDI LE 30 42 $21,211 $22,095
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
4-Door Automatic SEL 24 31 $21,595 $22,495
4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 24 31 $21,595 $22,495
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sport Pkg 23 33 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sport Pkg PZEV 23 33 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door DSG TDI LE 30 42 $22,267 $23,195
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 31 $22,495 $23,395
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $22,495 $23,395
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sport Pkg 24 31 $23,131 $24,095
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sport Pkg PZEV 24 31 $23,131 $24,095
4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $23,131 $24,095
4-Door Manual TDI w/Nav 30 42 $23,227 $24,195
4-Door DSG TDI w/Nav 30 42 $24,283 $25,295
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,700
$14,750
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,995
$15,365
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$256 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Kia Forte exemplifies the new direction of Kia, with a simple, elegant style, unexpected levels of refinement, and lots of value for the money. The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta steps back in tech time and lowers its German street cred—but still delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.6
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 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.8 94.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 182.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 104.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.3 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 15.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.7 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.2 16.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
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)
2729 2804
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.4 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 140
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 34
Transmission
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.67
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.33 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.88
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.63 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.28
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Twist Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 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
Rollover Rating

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