Compare 2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
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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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R-Line Automatic w/SULEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta R-Line Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $22,316 $23,245
Jetta R-Line Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $22,316 $23,245
Jetta S Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $18,762 $19,545
Jetta S Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $18,762 $19,545
Jetta S Manual w/SULEV 30 40 $17,995 $18,745
Jetta SE Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $21,499 $22,395
Jetta SE Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $21,499 $22,395
Jetta SEL Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $23,707 $24,695
Jetta SEL Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $23,707 $24,695
Jetta SEL Premium Automatic w/CWP/SULEV 30 40 $26,587 $27,695
Jetta SEL Premium Automatic w/CWP/ULEV 30 40 $26,587 $27,695
Jetta SEL Premium Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $26,108 $27,195
Jetta SEL Premium Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $26,108 $27,195
Jetta GLI 35th Anniversary Edition DSG 25 32 $26,683 $27,795
Jetta GLI 35th Anniversary Edition Manual 25 32 $25,915 $26,995
Jetta GLI Automaticbahn DSG 25 32 $28,795 $29,995
Jetta GLI Automaticbahn Manual 25 32 $28,028 $29,195
Jetta GLI S DSG 25 32 $25,723 $26,795
Jetta GLI S Manual 25 32 $24,955 $25,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,001
$22,316
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,990
$23,245
Monthly Payment Estimate
$367 / month
$387 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.0
5.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2019 Kia Forte pairs stylish good looks with a lot of features, making it a compact sedan standout. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a mild-mannered, well-equipped compact sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 54
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53 -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96 94.7
Second Hip Room (in)
51.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 105.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 70.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
182.7 185.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 60.4
Track Width, Front (in)
- 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 14.1
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 11.5
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 10.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2903 2970
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
147 147 @ 5000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- 184 @ 1400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 40
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 4.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.97
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.47
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 5.07
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.23
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Trans Type
- 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.23
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 5.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 140
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2019 Kia Forte
  • 2019 and 2020 Fortes are available
  • Cash: Up to $2,750 on 2019s
  • Finance: 0.0% for 66 months on 2019s
  • Lease: From $169 for 36 months
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
  • All-new 2019 Jetta features new platform & trims
  • Rebates: Unadvertised discounts available
  • Lease: From $239 per month for 39 months
  • Finance: From 1.9% APR for 60 months
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