Compare 2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Volkswagen Jetta

2020 Kia Forte
2020 Volkswagen Jetta
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EX IVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte EX IVT 29 40 $21,095 $22,090
Forte FE IVT 31 41 $18,133 $18,790
Forte FE Manual 27 37 $17,263 $17,890
Forte GT DCT 27 35 $21,477 $22,490
Forte GT Manual 25 32 $22,050 $23,090
Forte GT-Line IVT 29 40 $19,567 $20,490
Forte LXS IVT 29 40 $18,614 $19,290
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R-Line Automatic w/SULEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta R-Line Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $22,555 $23,495
Jetta R-Line Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $22,555 $23,495
Jetta R-Line Manual w/SULEV 30 40 $21,787 $22,695
Jetta S Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $18,907 $19,695
Jetta S Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $18,907 $19,695
Jetta S Manual w/SULEV 30 40 $18,139 $18,895
Jetta SE Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $21,740 $22,645
Jetta SE Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $21,740 $22,645
Jetta SEL Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $24,474 $25,495
Jetta SEL Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $24,474 $25,495
Jetta SEL Premium Automatic w/SULEV 30 40 $26,827 $27,945
Jetta SEL Premium Automatic w/ULEV 30 40 $26,827 $27,945
Jetta GLI Automaticbahn DSG 25 32 $29,515 $30,745
Jetta GLI Automaticbahn Manual 25 33 $28,747 $29,945
Jetta GLI S DSG 25 32 $25,964 $27,045
Jetta GLI S Manual 25 33 $25,196 $26,245
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,095
$22,555
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,090
$23,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$368 / month
$392 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.0
5.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Kia Forte has the style and now the GT power to slot into any compact-car shopping list. The docile 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a solid compact sedan choice; for zesty performance, opt into the Jetta GLI.
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Fuel Economy
City
29 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
182.7 185.1
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 105.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 70.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 14.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.5
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 10.8
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 36.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
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 2888
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
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
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 540
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)
33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 40
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 30
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.68 - 0.39 5.07
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.89 3.32
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 MS
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.23
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.97
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.47
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
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
5.4 5.2
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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2020 Kia Forte
  • 2021 Kia Fortes in stock; 2020s sold out
  • Cash: Up to $1,500 customer cash
  • Finance: 0.0% APR + $500 APR bonus
  • Lease: From $169 for 36 months
2020 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2021 Jetta is here; 2020s still available
  • Rebates: Unadvertised discounts available
  • Lease: From $239 per month for 39 months
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 72 months
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