Specs at a Glance

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Rear Leg Room

  37.4 in.

Fuel Economy

  30 city / 40 hwy *

2018 Kia Forte

2018 Kia Forte

Rear Leg Room

  35.9 in.

Fuel Economy

  25 city / 34 hwy

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Kia Forte

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When you're ready to purchase a new car, you'll want to buy something that will meet your long-term needs and will prove to be enjoyable to drive. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2018 Kia Forte are both rivaling vehicles that are favored by consumers. If you want to select the best option, you'll need to compare the main features of each model.

Exterior Features

The exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is tightly creased with a solidity that isn't found on the 2018 Kia Forte. The haunches and taillights are similar to the ones found on the Audi S3, making the exterior resemble a sleek luxury vehicle. 16-inch alloy wheels, foldable power side mirrors, and daytime running lights offer convenience and a stunning design that is modern. The tail lights have an edgier design than former models, making it appear more upscale and athletic. Sharp edges and curves on the body also allow it to look as if it's in motion.

The 2018 Kia Forte's exterior is sporty and features oversized tail lights with both a sedan or hatchback style as an option. The wheels and grille appear to be less upscale compared to the Jetta, which affects its opulence. The headlights also extend halfway up the hood, making it appear edgy and intimidating.

Interior Features

Plenty of room is available in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta in a cabin that is designed simply, meant to exude a minimal design that is sought-after for many buyers because it prevents clutter from being present on the dashboard. The car offers more spacious seats than its predecessor with a significant amount of leg- and headroom that is available for passengers. Some of the key features that are included in the new VW Jetta are a backup camera, cloth seats, a USB port, a 6.5-inch touchscreen. A large moonroof is an additional feature that consumers can enjoy, which offers a view overhead. The car will even alert you if it's about to rain to ensure that you can close the moonroof and don't get rained on during your drive.

Plenty of legroom is provided in the back seat of the Kia Forte, in addition to more cargo space compared to its predecessor. The infotainment system that is included is user-friendly and is easy to learn. Roomy seats are one of the highlights in the cabin, which are supportive but comfortable. Unfortunately, the trunk is smaller than what is available in the Jetta and is narrow between the wheelbases, which can limit what you transport.


The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta feels eager with how it drives and is built with a 1.4-liter turbo engine. It even features a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which takes advantage of the car's powerband. The drivetrain has also been calibrated, which makes shifting a breeze and offers minimal throttle input and requires less effort to drive the vehicle.

The 2018 Kia Forte lacks in performance and has more body motion than you might expect. Although the car is built with a 201-Rear Leg Room engine that is available for an extra cost, it's not as sporty as it looks. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 147 Rear Leg Room, which delivers strong acceleration but doesn't make it one of faster sedans on the market.

If you want to learn more about the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and how it compares to the 2018 Kia Forte, contact us today. You can schedule a test drive or explore our vast inventory of vehicles at our dealership.

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