Compare 2015 Kia Optima vs 2015 Volkswagen Passat

2015 Kia Optima
2015 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 23 34 $22,801 $24,340
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX 23 34 $20,893 $21,840
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX 23 34 $24,133 $25,790
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 20 31 $25,920 $27,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 20 31 $33,140 $35,500
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 36 40 $24,346 $25,990
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan EX 35 39 $29,815 $32,150
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4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Limited Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Limited Edition 24 36 $23,011 $23,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Limited Edition PZEV 24 36 $23,011 $23,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S 24 36 $21,520 $22,440
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S PZEV 24 36 $21,520 $22,440
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE 24 36 $25,203 $26,280
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE PZEV 24 36 $25,203 $26,280
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 24 36 $26,952 $28,105
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 24 36 $26,952 $28,105
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL Premium 24 36 $30,486 $31,790
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 24 36 $30,486 $31,790
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Sport 24 36 $26,962 $28,115
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Sport PZEV 24 36 $26,962 $28,115
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Wolfsburg Ed 24 36 $23,377 $24,375
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Wolfsburg Ed PZEV 24 36 $23,377 $24,375
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual S 24 35 $20,465 $21,340
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual S PZEV 24 35 $20,465 $21,340
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual Sport 24 35 $25,810 $26,915
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual Sport PZEV 24 35 $25,810 $26,915
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $29,585 $30,850
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 30 44 $25,985 $27,095
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG SE w/Sunroof 30 42 $27,931 $29,125
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG SEL Premium 30 42 $32,534 $33,925
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $34,519 $35,995

Pricing

Invoice Price

$22,801
$23,011

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,340
$23,995

Monthly Payment Estimate

$406 / month
$400 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2015 Kia Optima meets all your needs in a sensible four-door sedan, but exceeds expectations for more flair and features. The 2015 Volkswagen Passat provides a refreshing alternative to the usual mid-sizers, offering a huge interior and the segment's only diesel engine option.

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Fuel Economy

City

23 mpg 24 mpg

Highway

34 mpg 36 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 P215/55HR17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/55VR17 P215/55HR17

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 17 X 7

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 6.5 17 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

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 @ 4800

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 36

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

23 24

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.21 4.04

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.88 3.65

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

6.6 6.3 (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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