Compare 2012 Volkswagen Golf vs 2012 Kia Forte

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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,937 $24,935
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,993 $26,035
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,589 $26,655
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,645 $27,755
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,206 $28,340
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,262 $29,440
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,275
$14,900
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition. The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93 96.8
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 43.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 14.7
Brakes
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)
10.2 x 0.5 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 1.0 11.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 33.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2968 2729
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 6.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 29
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.25
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.58
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 4.33
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.63
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.30
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Kia Forte
Body Style
2 Door HB 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 6.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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