2019 KIA Forte vs Volkswagen Jetta

Specs at a Glance

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte

MSRP *

  $17,690

Fuel Capacity

  14.0 gal.


2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP *

  $18,545

Fuel Capacity

  13.2 gal.

2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

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The KIA Forte and the Volkswagen Jetta are both popular sedans. Both cars are front-wheel drive, get similar gas mileage, and have the same horsepower. So which car is better? Do either car have advantages over the other? In the following side-by-side comparison, you will know which one of these cars is best for you. This review will look at three features important to the new car buyer: price, fuel economy, features, and trim colors.

Price Tag

The price of a vehicle is an important topic for anyone trying to purchase a car. Even a slight difference in price can be the determining factor when it comes to which vehicle is purchased.. Don’t pay extra for a vehicle with nearly identical specs. So if pricing is your concern, the Forte comes in at a reasonable price.

Fuel Economy

The 2019 KIA Forte has a fuel economy rating of 31 miles per gallon in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway with a combined fuel economy rate of an estimated 35 miles per gallon. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has a fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway with a combined fuel economy rating of an estimated 34 miles per gallon. Overall, the 2019 KIA Forte has a higher city, highway and combined fuel economy rating than the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

Extra Features

Both vehicles have a long list of different features. Both come with audio controls on the steering wheel, touchscreen head units, and remote keyless entry. However, the Forte comes with more engine options. The Forte also has a nicer interior, but this is just opinion of course. You’ll have to be the judge.

Exterior Colors

Due to the cars having such similar technical specs, your decision should be made based on style and color. The KIA Forte has a wider range of available colors. The Forte comes in a Fire Orange, Gravity Gray, and Currant Red. The Jetta comes in a variety of dark colors like Deep Black Pearl and Blue Silk Metallic. If you want a brighter, more vibrant car, you probably want to go with the KIA Forte.

These cars are so similar that it may be hard to understand why the KIA Forte has the advantage. The only way to know for sure which car you prefer is to test drive both of them. Our associates are ready to assist you at our dealership, today!


* “Starting at” price is manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest model trim. See “Build and Price” section for MSRP of model shown. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options, and dealer charges. Vehicles shown with optional equipment. Actual price set by dealer and may vary. The applicable destination and handling charge per model are provided in the “Build and Price” section. See dealer for details. Some features only available as part of packages. See “Features & Specifications” and “Options” pages for details. Kia Motors reserves the right to make changes at any time as to vehicle availability, destination, and handling fees, colors, materials, specifications, features, accessories, packages, and models. Not responsible for typographical or computer errors. 2016 and 2017 Soul EV starting MSRP is for the EV-e trim which will be a limited production model sold initially only in CA.