Compare 2011 Kia Forte vs 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Kia Forte
2011 Volkswagen Jetta
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,570 $17,395
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,680 $15,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,000 $18,895
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,700 $14,995
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic EX 26 36 $17,040 $17,895
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic SX 23 32 $18,470 $19,395
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual EX 25 34 $16,090 $16,895
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,140 $17,995
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,470 $19,395
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,190 $16,995
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
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4-Door Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 23 29 $15,807 $16,465
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S 23 29 $16,891 $17,595
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $18,523 $19,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $18,523 $19,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 31 $19,819 $20,645
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 31 $21,019 $21,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,019 $21,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 31 $19,819 $20,645
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 24 31 $21,595 $22,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 24 31 $21,595 $22,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sport Pkg 24 31 $23,131 $24,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sport Pkg PZEV 24 31 $23,131 $24,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 31 $22,495 $23,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $22,495 $23,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $23,131 $24,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI LE 30 42 $22,267 $23,195
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Nav 30 42 $24,283 $25,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 24 34 $14,750 $15,365
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S 24 34 $15,835 $16,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,467 $18,195
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,467 $18,195
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $18,763 $19,545
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $19,963 $20,795
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $19,963 $20,795
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $18,763 $19,545
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL 23 33 $20,539 $21,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL PZEV 23 33 $20,539 $21,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Sport Pkg 23 33 $22,075 $22,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Sport Pkg PZEV 23 33 $22,075 $22,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $22,075 $22,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI LE 30 42 $21,211 $22,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Nav 30 42 $23,227 $24,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $22,795 $23,745
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $22,795 $23,745
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,051 $26,095
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,195 $19,995
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S PZEV 23 33 $19,195 $19,995
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $23,995 $24,995

Pricing

Invoice Price

$16,570
$15,807

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$17,395
$16,465

Monthly Payment Estimate

$290 / month
$274 / 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

26 mpg 23 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 29 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Compact

Number of Passenger Doors

- 4

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

53.3 - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.7 55.2

Passenger Volume (ft³)

96.8 94.1

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

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

61.3 60.7

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

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.7 15.5

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

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

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.7 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

14.2 16.4

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 -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

- TBD - NA

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

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)

2791 2881

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0

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

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

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

144 @ 4300 125 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

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

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 29

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

26 23

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

29 25

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.80 1.56

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.86

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.38 3.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.63 2.37

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.88 3.68

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.38 1.15

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 0.69

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.21 4.15

Summary

Vehicle Name

Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Body Style

4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

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

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7 6

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.3 7.5

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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