Compare 2014 Kia Forte vs 2014 Volkswagen Jetta

2014 Kia Forte
2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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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 Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S 23 29 $17,275 $17,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE 25 36 $19,195 $19,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 25 36 $19,195 $19,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity 25 36 $20,943 $21,815
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity PZEV 25 36 $20,943 $21,815
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity/Sunroof 25 36 $22,555 $23,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity/Sunroof PZEV 25 36 $22,555 $23,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 25 36 $24,888 $25,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 25 36 $24,888 $25,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI 24 32 $24,610 $25,635
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Automaticbahn 24 32 $26,808 $27,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Automaticbahn PZEV 24 32 $26,808 $27,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Automaticbahn w/Nav 24 32 $28,757 $29,955
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Automaticbahn w/Nav PZEV 24 32 $28,757 $29,955
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Edition 30 24 32 $27,413 $28,555
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Edition 30 PZEV 24 32 $27,413 $28,555
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Edition 30 w/Nav 24 32 $29,641 $30,875
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Edition 30 w/Nav PZEV 24 32 $29,641 $30,875
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI PZEV 24 32 $24,610 $25,635
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid 42 48 $24,538 $25,560
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SE 42 48 $26,539 $27,645
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL 42 48 $29,035 $30,245
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL Premium 42 48 $30,619 $31,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $23,737 $24,725
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI Value Edition 30 42 $21,499 $22,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $25,339 $26,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium/Nav 30 42 $26,779 $27,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Base 24 34 $15,067 $15,695
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI 23 33 $23,553 $24,535
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Automaticbahn 23 33 $25,753 $26,825
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Automaticbahn PZEV 23 33 $25,753 $26,825
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Automaticbahn w/Nav 23 33 $27,701 $28,855
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Automaticbahn w/Nav PZEV 23 33 $27,701 $28,855
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Edition 30 23 33 $26,357 $27,455
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Edition 30 PZEV 23 33 $26,357 $27,455
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Edition 30 w/Nav 23 33 $28,584 $29,775
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Edition 30 w/Nav PZEV 23 33 $28,584 $29,775
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI PZEV 23 33 $23,553 $24,535
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S 24 34 $16,219 $16,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 26 36 $18,139 $18,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 26 36 $18,139 $18,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Connectivity 26 36 $19,887 $20,715
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Connectivity PZEV 26 36 $19,887 $20,715
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Connectivity/Sunroof 26 36 $21,499 $22,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Connectivity/Sunroof PZEV 26 36 $21,499 $22,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $22,681 $23,625
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI Value Edition 30 42 $20,443 $21,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,283 $25,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium/Nav 30 42 $25,723 $26,795
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S 23 30 $21,211 $22,095
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 23 30 $21,211 $22,095
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE 23 30 $23,890 $24,885
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 23 30 $23,890 $24,885
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof 23 30 $25,617 $26,685
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 23 30 $25,617 $26,685
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $26,558 $27,665
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof 29 39 $28,287 $29,465
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 29 39 $29,054 $30,265
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S 23 33 $20,155 $20,995
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S PZEV 23 33 $20,155 $20,995
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $25,503 $26,565
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof 30 42 $27,230 $28,365
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $27,998 $29,165
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,528
$17,275
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$300 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.6
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 VW Jetta stands out in TDI and GLI trim, and its new four-cylinder erases our bad memories of the old five-cylinder.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 94.1
Second Leg Room (in)
35.9 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 55.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 53.6
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 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
179.5 182.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.7 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 15.5
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.3
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 36.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P195/65HR15
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2837 2881
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 6500 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
154 @ 4700 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 4.15
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.68
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.86
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7.0 (Est) -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 (Est) 7.2
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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