Compare 2014 Kia Optima vs 2014 Volkswagen Passat

2014 Kia Optima
2014 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 23 34 $22,429 $23,950
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX 23 34 $20,579 $21,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX 23 34 $23,877 $25,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 20 31 $25,763 $27,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 20 31 $32,963 $35,300
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan EX 35 39 $29,670 $31,995
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan LX 36 40 $24,350 $25,995
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4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S 24 34 $21,189 $22,095
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S PZEV 24 34 $21,189 $22,095
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE 24 34 $24,815 $25,875
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE PZEV 24 34 $24,815 $25,875
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Sunroof 24 34 $25,601 $26,695
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 24 34 $26,752 $27,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 24 34 $26,752 $27,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 24 34 $25,601 $26,695
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL Premium 24 34 $30,011 $31,295
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 24 34 $30,011 $31,295
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Sport 24 34 $26,541 $27,675
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Sport PZEV 24 34 $26,541 $27,675
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Wolfsburg Ed 24 34 $23,012 $23,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Wolfsburg Ed PZEV 24 34 $23,012 $23,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual S 24 35 $20,134 $20,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual S PZEV 24 35 $20,134 $20,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual SE 24 35 $23,759 $24,775
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual SE PZEV 24 35 $23,759 $24,775
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual Sport 24 35 $25,390 $26,475
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual Sport PZEV 24 35 $25,390 $26,475
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $27,500 $28,675
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $29,130 $30,375
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $32,026 $33,395
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $25,582 $26,675
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $21,045 $21,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S PZEV 22 31 $21,045 $21,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Nav 22 31 $21,332 $22,245
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Nav PZEV 22 31 $21,332 $22,245
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $24,017 $25,045
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE PZEV 22 31 $24,017 $25,045
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Snrf/Nav 22 31 $25,888 $26,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Snrf/Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,888 $26,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,785 $25,845
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 22 31 $24,785 $25,845
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic Wolfsburg Ed 22 31 $22,532 $23,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic Wolfsburg Ed PZEV 22 31 $22,532 $23,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,990 $20,845
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV 22 32 $19,990 $20,845
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,963 $23,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE PZEV 22 32 $22,963 $23,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $28,448 $29,665
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $32,860 $34,265
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,429
$21,189
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,950
$22,095
Monthly Payment Estimate
$399 / month
$368 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome. The 2014 VW Passat gains a good new four-cylinder, while it keeps its grip on TDI economy, excellent interior room, and top-notch crash-test scores.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 102
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 57
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
34.7 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
40 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 61
Wheelbase (in)
110 110.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 191.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 10.7
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)
11.8 12.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 36.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3272 3230
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
760 330
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
181 @ 4250 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
192 @ 6300 170 @ 6200
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 4.04
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.8 (Est) 6.4 (Est)
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
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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