Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta than the Kia Optima. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta.
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Volkswagen Jetta as you will with the Kia Optima, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.
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). When looking only at MSRP, the Volkswagen Jetta will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Kia Optima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Volkswagen Jetta and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.
Since the Volkswagen Jetta is much slimmer than the Kia Optima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Volkswagen Jetta is slightly shorter than the Kia Optima, which may make it easier to park.
With its lower torque, the Volkswagen Jetta doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Kia Optima.
The Volkswagen Jetta has about the same turning radius as the Kia Optima, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Volkswagen Jetta is significantly less powerful than the Kia Optima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Volkswagen Jetta and the Kia Optima. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Volkswagen Jetta as you will in the Kia Optima.
The basic warranty of the Volkswagen Jetta is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.
Compare the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2014 Kia Optima.
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MSRP*: $15,695 - $29,775
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MSRP*: $21,500 - $35,300
|Cash Back Rebate:||Visit Rebate Center||Up to $500|
|Low APR Loan:||As low as 0.00%||As low as 0.00%|
|City MPG:||23 - 30||20 - 23|
|Highway MPG:||33 - 42||31 - 34|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||5 - 5|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
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|Invoice*:||$15,067 - $28,584||$20,579 - $32,963|
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