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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta than the Kia Optima, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Optima as you will with the Volkswagen Jetta, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Kia Optima is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Jetta. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Optima and the Volkswagen Jetta have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Optima is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Kia Optima, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Kia Optima transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Handling
The Kia Optima has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Jetta, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima has a much more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Jetta. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Optima and the Volkswagen Jetta. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Kia Optima as you will in the Volkswagen Jetta.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Optima than that of the Volkswagen Jetta.

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2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500

2014 Volkswagen
Jetta

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MSRP*: $15,695 - $29,775
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.90% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 12 - 22 23 - 30
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 33 - 42
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $20,715 - $33,140 $15,067 - $28,584

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