Shopping for an efficient, stylish compact car? The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and Kia Forte are two standout options in the segment. Both have been fully redesigned for 2019, and we want to give Hardeeville, Hilton Head Island, and Bluffton shoppers a closer look.

In this car comparison, we'll show you how these cars measure up across several categories. If you have any questions or want to learn more, then reach out to us at Hilton Head Volkswagen!

VW Jetta vs Forte: Performance

Under the hood, the 2019 VW Jetta and Kia Forte look incredibly similar. Both run on 4-cylinder engines that put out 147 horsepower. However, the VW Jetta engine is turbocharged, so it has an advantage in terms of torque: It cranks out 184 lb-ft of torque, while the Forte sees just 132 lb-ft.

This gives the VW car a slight advantage when it comes to acceleration, whether around town or on the open roads. Both cars come standard with 6-speed manual transmissions, while an 8-speed automatic transmission is available in the VW Jetta and a CVT is available in the Forte.

Test drivers have found that the Kia car drives a bit stiffer, so you may feel bumps on the roads. The VW Jetta, on the other hand, has earned plaudits for delivering an exceptional smooth ride.

Advanced Technology Features

The Volkswagen Jetta and Kia Forte come loaded with tech features. Both cars come standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, so you can play your music and check your text messages from your phone on the touchscreen as you drive.

The VW Jetta, however, is the only car to offer MirrorLink®. It's yet another smartphone feature that lets you pair your device with the touchscreen and use your favorite apps.

Another feature you'll find only in the VW Jetta is the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. Measuring 10 inches, it displays your information digitally, replacing the standard instrumental panel as an available option. You can customize the screen to show what's displayed, from speed and fuel economy to travel time.

Interior: Comfort & Convenience

The cabins of the 2019 VW Jetta and Kia Forte are designed to keep you comfy, no matter how long the ride ahead. Both offer available heated and cooled front seats, so you can relax in custom comfort, no matter what the weather's like outside. Power-adjustable driver's seats are an excellent convenience, too.

Both cars come standard with cloth upholstery and make leatherette available. However, only the VW car offers genuine leather upholstery in its top-tier SEL Premium trim level. The Kia car lacks such an option, so you'll need to go with the Volkswagen if you want that high-end experience.

Volkswagen Jetta vs Kia Forte: Which Will You Choose?

When you're shopping for a compact car, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and Kia Forte really stand out, as you can see from our car comparison. So, which is perfect for your Hardeeville, Bluffton, or Hilton Head Island drive? Contact our team at Hilton Head Volkswagen to schedule a test drive of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta today!

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