Compare 2020 Kia Forte vs 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

2020 Kia Forte
2021 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
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta R-Line Automatic 29 39 $22,651 $23,595
Jetta R-Line Manual 30 41 $21,883 $22,795
Jetta S Automatic 29 39 $19,003 $19,795
Jetta S Manual 30 41 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta SE Automatic 29 39 $21,979 $22,895
Jetta SEL Automatic 29 39 $24,715 $25,745
Jetta SEL Premium Automatic 29 39 $26,924 $28,045
Jetta GLI Automaticbahn DSG 24 35 $30,283 $31,545
Jetta GLI Automaticbahn Manual 24 33 $29,515 $30,745
Jetta GLI S DSG 24 35 $26,059 $27,145
Jetta GLI S Manual 24 33 $25,291 $26,345
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,095
$22,651
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,090
$23,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$368 / month
$393 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.0
5.7
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 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a no-frills compact with good value. Saving money never goes out of style.
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Fuel Economy
City
29 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 39 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 54
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 105.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 70.8
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 14.1
Brakes
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
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
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
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2903 2888
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 540
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
33 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 39
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA MS
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
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
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
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.4 5.4
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
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