Compare 2014 Kia Forte vs 2014 Volkswagen Golf

2014 Kia Forte
2014 Volkswagen Golf
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 36 $18,528 $19,500
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 36 $16,790 $17,500
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 37 $15,599 $15,900
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic EX 24 34 $18,759 $19,700
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic SX 21 29 $20,658 $21,900
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual SX 21 29 $19,717 $20,900
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $18,659 $19,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 22 30 $20,378 $21,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $17,708 $18,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 29 $19,436 $20,600
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4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV 24 32 $29,563 $30,795
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV 24 32 $25,147 $26,195
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Driver's Edition PZEV 21 31 $28,507 $29,695
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Wolfsburg PZEV 21 31 $24,091 $25,095
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,528
$29,563
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$30,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$513 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Kia Forte finds better focus with well-rounded performance and grabby good looks, but its safety scores concern us. The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 92.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.9 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
53.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 54.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 70
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5
Length, Overall (in)
179.5 165.9
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.7 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 46
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 12.3
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 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P225/40HR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P225/40HR18
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2837 3160
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 120
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 6500 200 @ 5100
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
154 @ 4700 207 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.15
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 3.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.06 4.06
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.46
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.09
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Volkswagen GTI
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7.0 (Est) -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 (Est) 6.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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