Compare 2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Volkswagen Golf

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Volkswagen Golf
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EX IVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte EX IVT 30 40 $21,001 $21,990
Forte FE IVT 31 41 $18,036 $18,690
Forte FE Manual 27 37 $17,168 $17,790
Forte LXS IVT 30 40 $18,519 $19,190
Forte S IVT 30 40 $19,377 $20,290
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1.4T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T S Automatic 29 37 $22,027 $22,945
Golf 1.4T S Manual 29 37 $20,971 $21,845
Golf 1.4T SE Automatic 29 37 $24,236 $25,245
Golf 1.4T SE Manual 29 37 $23,179 $24,145
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S DSG 22 30 $26,875 $27,995
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S Manual 21 30 $25,819 $26,895
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE DSG 22 30 $30,331 $31,595
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE Manual 21 30 $29,275 $30,495
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL DSG 22 30 $34,651 $36,095
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL Manual 21 30 $33,595 $34,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 25 31 $35,611 $37,095
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 24 32 $34,555 $35,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Rabbit Edition DSG 25 31 $28,795 $29,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Rabbit Edition Manual 24 32 $27,739 $28,895
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 25 31 $27,547 $28,695
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 24 32 $26,492 $27,595
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 25 31 $31,579 $32,895
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 24 32 $30,523 $31,795
Golf R 2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav 23 30 $39,835 $41,495
Golf R 2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav 21 29 $38,779 $40,395
Golf SportWagen 1.4T S Automatic N/A N/A $22,075 $22,995
Golf SportWagen 1.4T S Manual N/A N/A $21,019 $21,895
Golf SportWagen 1.4T SE Automatic N/A N/A $28,795 $29,995
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 4MOTION 22 29 $24,474 $25,495
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 4MOTION 22 31 $23,419 $24,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,001
$22,027
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,990
$22,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$367 / month
$382 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.0
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2019 Kia Forte pairs stylish good looks with a lot of features, making it a compact sedan standout. The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
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Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96 93.5
Second Hip Room (in)
51.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53 -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 35.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
182.7 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 70.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 17.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 53.7
Brakes
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
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2903 3023
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 15 X 6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 480
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
132 @ 4500 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
147 @ 6200 147 @ 5000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 29
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.68 - 0.39 5.07
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.89 3.87
Trans Type
1 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.82 4.00
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.97
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.47
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 5.5
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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