Compare 2013 Kia Forte vs 2013 Volkswagen Jetta

2013 Kia Forte
2013 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 $16,950 $17,800
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $16,080 $16,400
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,380 $19,300
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $15,100 $15,400
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,430 $18,300
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,860 $19,800
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,520 $18,400
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,860 $19,800
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,570 $17,400
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,900 $18,800
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4-Door Automatic Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,979 $16,645
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid 42 48 $23,995 $24,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid SE 42 48 $25,911 $26,990
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid SEL 42 48 $28,153 $29,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid SEL Premium 42 48 $29,933 $31,180
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S 24 29 $17,064 $17,775
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,168 $18,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $19,291 $20,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $19,291 $20,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 31 $20,553 $21,410
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 31 $20,553 $21,410
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience/Sunroof 24 31 $21,841 $22,750
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,841 $22,750
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 24 31 $23,035 $23,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 24 31 $23,035 $23,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Nav 24 31 $24,241 $25,250
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Nav PZEV 24 31 $24,241 $25,250
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $23,127 $24,090
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,508 $25,530
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium/Nav 30 42 $25,911 $26,990
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Base 24 34 $14,923 $15,545
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S 24 34 $16,008 $16,675
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 34 $17,113 $17,825
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,497 $20,310
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,497 $20,310
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience/Sunroof 23 33 $20,785 $21,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,785 $21,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL 23 33 $21,979 $22,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL PZEV 23 33 $21,979 $22,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Nav 23 33 $23,185 $24,150
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Nav PZEV 23 33 $23,185 $24,150
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $22,071 $22,990
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,452 $24,430
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium/Nav 30 42 $24,855 $25,890
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,827 $21,695
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 24 31 $20,827 $21,695
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $23,419 $24,395
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $23,419 $24,395
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof 24 31 $25,147 $26,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $25,147 $26,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,819 $26,895
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof 29 39 $27,547 $28,695
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 29 39 $28,315 $29,495
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,771 $20,595
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S PZEV 23 33 $19,771 $20,595
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $24,763 $25,795
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof 30 42 $26,491 $27,595
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $27,259 $28,395

Pricing

Invoice Price

$16,950
$15,979

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$17,800
$16,645

Monthly Payment Estimate

$297 / month
$277 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.4
7.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest. The Jetta draws drivers looking for a taut driving feel and delivers superior interior space; we'd pass on the low-cost base models, and aim for the standout TDI and GLI editions.

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Fuel Economy

City

26 mpg 24 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 29 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Compact Cars

Number of Passenger Doors

- 4

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

53.300 - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.700 55.2

Passenger Volume (ft³)

96.800 94.1

Second Head Room (in)

37.600 37.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.700 53.6

Front Leg Room (in)

43.300 41.2

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

53.000 - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

35.000 38.1

Front Head Room (in)

40.000 38.2

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

61.300 60.7

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.900 5.5

Length, Overall (in)

178.300 182.2

Height, Overall (in)

57.500 57.2

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.600 60.6

Wheelbase (in)

104.300 104.4

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

69.900 70.0

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.700 15.7

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)

13.700 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

14.200 16.40

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

33.900 36.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.890 3.01

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - N/A

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

- TBD - NA

Front Tire Size

P195/65R15 195/65HR15

Spare Tire Size

- TBD - 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)

- TBD - 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

- TBD - Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

6.300 7.7

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

550 - TBD -

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 24

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

29 27

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.800 1.56

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.000 0.86

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.380 3.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.630 2.37

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.880 3.68

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.380 1.15

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/manual shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.770 0.69

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.210 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 - N/A

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Torsion Beam Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - N/A

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

8 -

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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