2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Volkswagen Jetta

2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Volkswagen Jetta comparison image

While not entirely from opposite sides of the world, the Kia Forte and the Volkswagen Jetta are two very different compact sedans that are affected by the places they come from. Kia, as a Korean company, designed the Forte to fit into some modern trends of technology, style, and fun. The German automaker Volkswagen has a sense of style, but it’s a more sober and mature sense of style, comfort, and design than what you usually find outside of Europe.

Since it is the year 2020 and every automaker has embraced the movement to integrate smart technology and automotive engineering. Both the Kia Forte and the Volkswagen Jetta emphasize the importance of technology, but even then, the way they do it is still different from one model to the other. For a few key examples of the different ways these two vehicles differ, refer to the following chart.

2020 Kia Forte 


2020 Volkswagen Jetta 

$17,890  Starting MSRP  $18,895 
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and Available Manual Depending on Trim Level  Transmission  8-Speed Shiftable Automatic and Available Manual Depending on Trim Level 
Harman/Kardon®  Premium Audio Option  BeatsAudio™  
Yes, 1.6L Turbocharged Engine  Second Engine Option  No

Model Comparison Analysis

While they both look different and sound different, the biggest difference is going to be something more personal: the feel of the car. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is engineered for a relaxed, comfortable, and even-keeled drive. The 2020 Kia Forte, especially at its highest trim level is meant more for thrill and adventure. Some may not like the idea of buying a CVT vehicle, but they are becoming more common than regular automatics, so expect regular automatics and shiftable automatics to become a rare feature in the future.

The CVT in the Kia Forte and its non-turbo engine keep the starting MSRP down lower than what you can find in the Volkswagen Jetta. Interestingly enough, the highest trim levels of both are almost identical in price, but that does mean comparing two turbocharged engines against each other. Between them, the Forte gets the larger turbo and a premium sound system recognized for being higher quality than its competitors.

Other Features Available for the 2020 Kia Forte

  • Front and Rear Cupholders
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Backing Camera
  • Hands-Free Entry
  • Automatic Climate Control Package
  • 6 Exterior Color Options
  • Satellite Radio
  • And More!