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2020 Kia Optima vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

New 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia
Optima

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New 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2020 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

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MSRP*
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$23,390 to $32,190
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$26,245 to $29,945
Invoice* $22,572 to $30,903 $25,196 to $28,747
MPG - City 21 - 27 25
MPG - Hwy 30 - 37 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 Optima than in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, due to the Kia Optima's smaller rear 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 GLI.

Convenience
With the Kia Optima 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). The Kia Optima is somewhat more expensive than 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 Optima will cost more in transportation costs than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Optima is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 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 GLI.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima 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 Optima and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The Kia Optima 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 Optima than that of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.