Kia Optima vs. Volkswagen Passat

Silky Silver
VS
Titanium Beige

Key Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$14,842 - $16,909
$16,621 - $20,718

Expert Rating

Expert Rating

Owner Reviews

Owner Reviews

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 hp
174 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC I4 GDI
2.0L TSI 174 HP 16V Turbo 4

Interior Features

Alarm

Alarm
Not Available
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Not Available
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional
Not Available

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
45.5 in.
42.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 in.
38.3 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.6 in.
39.1 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 in.
37.8 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.9 cu. ft.
15.9 cu. ft.

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Not Available

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Not Available

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Not Available
Optional

Tire Width

Tire Width

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.4 in.
110.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
Not Available
36.4 ft.

Length

Length
191.1 in.
191.9 in.

Width

Width
73.2 in.
72.2 in.

Mechanical Specs

Weight

Weight
3219 .lbs
3274 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 hp
174 hp

Torque

Torque
178 ft. lbs.
184 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
Not Available
100 .lbs

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Not Available

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
13 - 18 mpg
13 - 18 mpg

City

City
25 mpg
25 mpg

Highway

Highway
36 mpg
36 mpg

Safety Features

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Optional

Tech Specs

Vehicle Name

Vehicle Name
Kia Optima
Volkswagen Passat

Body Style

Body Style
Sedan
Sedan

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Classification

EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars
Mid-Size Cars

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Capacity
5
5

Passenger Volume

Passenger Volume
104.8 ft³.
102 ft³.

Base Curb Weight

Base Curb Weight
3219 lbs.
3274 lbs.

Fuel Economy Est-Combined

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
29 mpg.
29 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
25 mpg.
25 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
36 mpg.
36 mpg.

Engine Type

Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Displacement

Displacement
2.4 L/144
2.0 L/121

Fuel System

Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection
Gasoline Direct Injection

Trans Type

Trans Type
6
6

Trans Description Cont.

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD
Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21
4.46

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64
2.51

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80
1.56

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39
1.14

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00
0.85

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77
0.67

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38
3.19

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88
3.23

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
800
330

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1
6.1

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150
140

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Front
Strut
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Front Tire Size

Front Tire Size
P205/65HR16 - P215/55VR17
P215/60TR16

Rear Tire Size

Rear Tire Size
P205/65HR16 - P215/55VR17
P215/60TR16

Front Wheel Size

Front Wheel Size
16 X 6.5 - 17 X 6.5 in.
16 X 6.5 in.

Rear Wheel Size

Rear Wheel Size
16 X 6.5 - 17 X 6.5 in.
16 X 6.5 in.

Front Wheel Material

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum
Aluminum

Steering Type

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion

Brake Type

Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc
4-Wheel Disc

Brake ABS System

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel
4-Wheel

Disc - Front

Disc - Front
Yes
Yes

Disc - Rear

Disc - Rear
Yes
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12 in.
12.3 in.

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.2 in.
10.7 in.

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.5 gal.
18.5 gal.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 in.
38.3 in.

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
45.5 in.
42.4 in.

Front Shoulder Room

Front Shoulder Room
58.1 in.
56.9 in.

Front Hip Room

Front Hip Room
56 in.
Not Available

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 in.
37.8 in.

Second Leg Room

Second Leg Room
35.6 in.
39.1 in.

Second Shoulder Room

Second Shoulder Room
56.4 in.
57 in.

Second Hip Room

Second Hip Room
56 in.
Not Available

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.4 in.
110.4 in.

Length, Overall

Length, Overall
191.1 in.
191.9 in.

Width, Max w/o mirrors

Width, Max w/o mirrors
73.2 in.
72.2 in.

Height, Overall

Height, Overall
57.7 in.
58.5 in.

Track Width, Front

Track Width, Front
63.5 in.
62.1 in.

Track Width, Rear

Track Width, Rear
63.8 in.
61 in.

Min Ground Clearance

Min Ground Clearance
5.3 in.
5.4 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³.
15.9 ft³.

Model Group

Model Group
Optima
Passat

Vehicle Segment

Vehicle Segment
Intermediate
Intermediate

Vehicle Type

Vehicle Type
Sedan
Sedan

Engine Displacement Units

Engine Displacement Units
2.4
2.0

Engine Camshaft

Engine Camshaft
DOHC
DOHC

Engine Block Type

Engine Block Type
aluminum
iron

Engine Cylinder Count

Engine Cylinder Count
4
4

Engine Valve Count

Engine Valve Count
4
4