2023 Kia Rio vs. 2024 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Picture of the 2023 Kia Rio

2023 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,750 to $17,390
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Picture of the 2024 Volkswagen Jetta

2024 Volkswagen
Jetta

MSRP*: $21,435 to $28,825
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MPG - City 32 MPG 29 - 30 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG 40 - 42 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 158-hp, 1.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 120 hp 158 hp
Exterior Length 172.6 in 186.5 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in

*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 be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta, the Kia Rio may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Rio 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). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Jetta.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Jetta, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Kia Rio, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Jetta.

Handling
The Kia Rio has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

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

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

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Volkswagen Jetta.