Comparison - Kia Optima EX Hybrid 2018 - vs - Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SEL 2018

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Model: 
Average Price: 
30,990
Updated: 
09 Jun 2018
26,245
Updated: 
09 Jun 2018
Car Type: 
Car
Car
Drive Type: 
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Year: 
2018
2018
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
no
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
15.90gals
14.50gals

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is a fuel-efficient pick among mid-sizers that doesn’t wear its eco credentials on its sleeves.

Pros
Competent ride
Sharp style
Quiet interior
More than 40 mpg combined

Cons
Pricey advanced safety
Roof cuts into rear head room
Not a big leap in overall style
No way to lock in EV mode

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid ranked #15 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Kia Optima Hybrid has a score of 8.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
User-friendly tech features
Excellent safety ratings
Plug-in hybrid version is very fuel-efficient

Cons
So-so fuel economy for a hybrid
Below-average trunk space in plug-in hybrid

By: 
usnews.com

For 2018 the Optima Hybrid carries over with only minor changes to color options and trim-level content.

PROS
Quiet interior around town and on the highway
Available 60/40-split rear seats increase the cargo area
Offers plenty of available safety and luxury features

CONS
Rear headroom is limited by the sloping roofline
Some rival hybrid sedans get better fuel economy

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta places in the bottom third of the highly competitive compact car class. It has substantial attributes inside and out, but its interior materials aren't as refined as competitors', and reviewers were disappointed with the Jetta's competent but underwhelming performance.

Pros
Above-average fuel economy
Large trunk
Roomy cabin

Cons
Lower-rent cabin materials than rivals
Less nimble than some competitors

By: 
usnews.com

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is a competent, comfortable sedan, but it’s light on personality and feels a little old against fresh-faced rivals.

Pros
Roomy back seat
Comfortable ride
Strong turbo engines
Clean styling

Cons
Very conservative feel
Light on personality and fun
Best safety tech only on SEL
Pricey, especially loaded up

By: 
thecarconnection.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
39.00mpg
24.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
46.00mpg
33.00mpg
Engine type: 
Hybrid
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
16
Cylinders: 
4
Inline
4
Inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
2.00L
1.80L
Torque: 
271ft-lbs
at 1 770rpm
184ft-lbs
at 1 500rpm
Horsepower: 
192hp
at 6 000rpm
170hp
at 4 800rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
35.80Feet
36.40Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
no
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
More in Convenience: 
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Cooled Storage Compartment
Heated Steering Wheel

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
191.10in
183.40in
Width: 
73.20in
70.00in
Height: 
57.50in
57.20in
Ground Clearance: 
5.20in
Wheel Base: 
110.40in
104.40in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
39.80
Rear Head Room: 
37.80
Front Leg Room: 
45.50in
41.20in
Rear leg room: 
35.60in
38.10in
Front Hip Room: 
56.00in
Front Shoulder Room: 
58.10in
55.20in
Rear Hip Room: 
56.00in
Rear Shoulder room: 
56.40in
53.60in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
13.40cu.ft
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
13.40cu.ft
15.70cu.ft
Curb Weight: 
3538.00lbs
3148.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
no
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Hands-Free Entry
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
no
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Leather
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
6 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment yes
6 -Way Power Driver Seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding With Pass-Thru Center Armrest
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Split-Folding Rear Seatback
Folding center armrest
Split-Folding Rear Seatback

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic Satellite Radio
630 Watts Stereo Output
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
10 Total Speakers
USB Connection
1 Subwoofer(S)
Harman/Kardon Premium Brand Stereo System
Surround Audio Surround Audio (Discrete)
9 Total Speakers

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
17 X 7.0 In.
17 X 7.0
Wheels more: 
All Season Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
215.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
45

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated Front Disc
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Solid Rear Disc Brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
no
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Turn Signal Mirrors
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System

Options

Packages: 
Technology Package
White Interior Package
Exterior Options: 
Mud Guards
Wheel Locks
Rear Bumper Applique
Snow White Pearl Paint
Aurora Black Pearl Paint
Paint Protection Package
Interior Options: 
Autodimming Mirror W/Compass And Homelink
Door Sill Applique
Cargo Net
Cargo Hook
Cargo Mat