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2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Kia Forte

Are you in the market for a new compact sedan? If you are, you’ve probably come to the realization that there aren’t as many options out there as there used to be. That’s because the automotive industry has been pivoting away from sedans in favor of hatchbacks and SUVs for a few model years now.

But that’s not actually bad news for you – because that means the only new compact sedan lineups left are the ones that have proven to be powerful, capable, fuel efficient, and feature-filled enough to stand the test of time, no matter what direction the industry is moving in. Unsurprisingly, the Volkswagen Jetta is one of those lineups. Its long-standing legacy has shown compact sedan customers year in and year out that it has exactly what they need. But does that continue for the 2020 model year? We’re going to find that out in this 2020 Volkswagen Jetta versus 2020 Kia Forte compact sedan comparison.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta


2020 Kia Forte

147 HP

Horsepower (Standard) 147 HP

184 lb-ft.

Torque (Standard) 132 lb-ft.
30 MPG City Gas Mileage (Standard) 29 MPG
40 MPG Highway Gas Mileage (Standard) 40 MPG


2020 VW Jetta Lineup at Herman Cook VW in Encinitas CA: Higher Power Ratings and Higher Gas Mileage Ratings than the 2020 Kia Forte Lineup

One reason why some have drifted away from new compact sedans in favor of other automotive body styles is because they don’t want to sacrifice power for gas mileage – while, at the same time, not wanting to sacrifice gas mileage for power.

And that’s where the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta lineup truly shines thanks to its powertrain – a powertrain that combines power ratings of 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque with gas mileage ratings of up to 30 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway. The 2020 Kia Forte can provide the same horsepower and highway gas mileage ratings, though it falls far short in terms of torque and city gas mileage ratings.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta lineup, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable staff here at Herman Cook VW in Encinitas, CA.