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2017 VW Jetta vs 2017 Kia Forte near Clinton, MD

2017 VW Jetta vs 2017 Kia Forte near Clinton, MD


When comparing compact sedans, you don’t want to make the mistake of settling for an inferior model. In our match-up of the 2017 VW Jetta vs 2017 Kia Forte near Clinton, MD, you’ll find that the obvious winner is the versatile Jetta. This sedan features a high fuel economy and a spacious interior that is bound to impress you, no matter what you thought you were looking for before. Come on down to Pohanka VW of Capitol Heights to test drive the 2017 Jetta, after reading about its massive capabilities below.

The Kia Forte has an advantage with its 2L 4-cylinder base engine, since it is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This engine, however, only delivers 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque, and has a fuel tank capacity of 13.2 gallons. This is where the VW Jetta comes in to prove its worth, with a 1.4L base powerhouse mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that can do so much more than expected. The Jetta produces 150 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, with a 14.5-gallon fuel tank. While the Forte only gains a fuel economy of 25/34 MPG city/hwy1, the Jetta conquers fuel efficiency with a rating of 28/40 MPG city/hwy2.

The Forte features an available Rear-Camera Display3 on higher trims, but the Jetta ensures that you have the perspective you need while backing out with its standard Rearview Camera System4, which is included in even the lowest trim levels. Cruise control is only optional in the Kia Forte, but the VW Jetta comes already equipped with this useful feature. Feel like you’re in a whole world of technological advancements, when you slide inside the 2017 Jetta and explore its capabilities. This sedan comes with a standard 5-inch touchscreen sound system that connects with BluetoothⓇ5 technology and integrates a standard AM/FM radio. You’ll find only an optional 4.3-inch touchscreen audio display in the Kia Forte, but it does integrate BluetoothⓇ5 wireless capabilities.

If you look at the Forte’s 15-inch tires in comparison with the Jetta’s 16-inch tires, you’ll notice the massive difference, and the Jetta’s clear superiority in this comparison of the 2017 VW Jetta vs 2017 Kia Forte near Clinton, MD. Legroom certainly matters, and while the Forte has a slight advantage with 42.2 inches in the front row over the Jetta’s 41.2 inches, the Jetta clearly takes the lead in the rest of its dimensions. Rear legroom is measured at 38.1 inches in the Jetta and only 35.9 inches in the Forte. You wouldn’t want to disappoint your back seat passengers. The Jetta is superior in both length and height, being 182.2 inches long and 56.6 inches high, while the Forte is merely 179.5 inches long and 56.3 inches high. The differences are immensely evident when you compare the interiors of both of these sedans.

Cargo space is generally a deciding factor for some people who wish to look into the sedan segment. It’s hard to find a vehicle that truly maximizes its volume capacity, so consider the Jetta’s 15.7 cubic ft. of cargo space6 against the Forte’s 14.9 cubic ft. of room7. Once again, you’ll notice the difference, especially when you go to fit in that extra cargo for your next trip to Louise F. Cosca Regional Park.

The 2017 VW Jetta vs 2017 Kia Forte near Clinton, MD, comparison clearly presents the Jetta as the true winner of its compact sedan segment. Give this whirlwind of possibility a test drive when you come down to Pohanka VW of Capitol Heights. We’re located at 1720 Ritchie Station Court in Capitol Heights, MD, so don’t miss out on this chance to get behind the wheel of a 2017 Jetta.


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**Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery pack age/condition, and other factors.

5-Star overall scores are awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Safety Ratings are awarded by Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).


1 Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

2 Based on EPA estimates. See for details. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. 

3 The Rear-Camera Display is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up procedures. Always drive safely and use caution when backing up. The Rear-Camera Display may not display every object behind the vehicle.

4 Driver Assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details and important limitations.

5  “Bluetooth” is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

6 When properly equipped.

7 Cargo must be properly secured.