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2022 Kia Rio vs. 2022 Volkswagen Passat Review

Picture of the 2022 Kia Rio

2022 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,450 to $17,090
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Picture of the 2022 Volkswagen Passat

2022 Volkswagen
Passat

MSRP*: $27,575 to $30,575
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MPG - City 33 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG Info not available
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)
  • 174-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable 6-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 120 hp 174 hp
Exterior Length 172.6 in 193.6 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 72.6 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 42.4 in
Rear 39.1 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 37.4 in
Rear 37.8 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 Passat than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Passat, the Kia Rio may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Passat you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Kia Rio, due to its tank size and 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 Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Passat.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Passat, 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 Passat.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Passat. 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 Passat, 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 Passat.