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2020 Kia Forte vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

New 2020 Kia Forte

2020 Kia
Forte

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New 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2020 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

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MSRP*
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$17,890 to $23,090
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$26,245 to $29,945
Invoice* $17,263 to $22,050 $25,196 to $28,747
MPG - City 25 - 31 25
MPG - Hwy 32 - 41 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Kia Forte than in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, due to the Kia Forte's smaller rear head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, the Kia Forte may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
With the Kia Forte you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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). Based on MSRP, the Kia Forte is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. 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 Forte will cost more in transportation costs than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Dimensions
The Kia Forte is about the same width as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. When looking at overall length, the Kia Forte takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Drivetrain
The Kia Forte has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Kia Forte has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Forte is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Forte and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The Kia Forte has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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