2017 Volkswagen Golf vs 2017 Kia Forte

The compact car market has long been the domain of small, efficient vehicles. The new generation of compact models continue to offer impressive efficiency ratings, but also deliver sporty fun and performance. Looking at the 2017 Volkswagen Golf vs the 2017 Kia Forte compares two of the cars leading the way in the new sporty compact segment.

Both cars are offered in hatchback body styles that help maximize versatility by increasing storage capacity and interior space. All Golf models come with this body style, while Kia only offers it on the special Forte5 model. The hatchback body styles allows the Golf to offer 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are up, and 52.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded down.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf VS 2017 Kia Forte
1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Base Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder
170 hp, 199 lb-ft torque Engine Performance 147 hp, 132 lb-ft torque
Five stars Safety Rating Five stars
4 Trim Levels 3

2017 Volkswagen Golf Engine Performance

Like most small cars, both the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Kia Forte are powered by four-cylinder engines. The Forte is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while Volkswagen equips the Golf with a turbocharged 1.8-liter. Volkswagen’s turbocharger does its job well, helping the Golf deliver 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The Volkswagen engine is able to outperform the Kia engine, which offers 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.

Volkswagen offers the standard Golf in two trim levels: S and Wolfsburg Edition. In addition to the standard model, the Volkswagen Golf is offered in the electric e-Golf model as well as the performance-oriented Golf GTI and Golf R models. These variations showcase the versatility of hot hatchback.

Regardless of the model you choose, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf is a comfortable and capable hatchback. The inside of the car can be equipped with all of the best comfort, safety and technology features. Golf models offer features like: a rearview camera, heated mirrors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, keyless entry and ignition, heated seats, forward collision warning system and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts.

Test drive the 2017 Volkswagen Golf today to learn more about everything this impressive compact has to offer.

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