2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Kia Forte SX

Compact hatchbacks are appealing to modern customers because they effortlessly provide so many features shoppers are looking for – excellent fuel economy, surprisingly versatile cargo space, the latest in-vehicle technology available and an affordable starting price. If you're also looking for an engine that will make you excited to drive your new hatchback everyday, there are still more attractive options that fit the bill.

In comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Kia Forte SX, you'll find two well-equipped and engaging compact hatchbacks that combine efficiency and class-leading acceleration power. While the Kia Forte SX comes very handsomely equipped for a value brand, it's also at the top of the Forte's lineup, which means it carries the higher price tag.

2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Kia Forte SX
1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder Engine 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder
5-speed manual Transmission 6-speed manual
30 MPG Combined fuel economy 24 MPG
22.8 cu. ft. Cargo capacity 23.2 cu. ft.

Not only does Kia manage to bundle a lot of attractive tech and convenience features into their economy vehicles, it has also really come into its own in terms of performance. The 2016 Kia Forte SX hatchback offers an available 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is a solid match for the Golf's lauded base turbo four-cylinder. The 201-horsepower SX also includes a standard 6-speed manual transmission, illuminated door handles, heated power side mirrors with turn signal indicators, automatic headlights, front LED fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, full power accessories and keyless ignition and entry.

Depending on what's most important to you, the base 2016 Golf could have everything you're looking for and cost less than an upper-trim Kia Forte. Although offered only as a two-door in the base trim, the Golf's cargo capacity is virtually the same as the pricier Forte SX's. Other base Golf standards include: 15-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, air-conditioning, full-power accessories, cruise control, a cooled glovebox, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5-inch touchscreen, eight speakers and a USB port.

The Kia Forte SX and the VW Golf are a couple of the quickest compacts in this class, but the Golf represents a better long-term value, with better fuel economy and many of the same core features as the Forte SX at a lower MSRP. Contact us today for financing options or to schedule a test drive!

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