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2020 Kia Rio vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf Review

New 2020 Kia Rio

2020 Kia
Rio

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New 2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Volkswagen
Golf

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MSRP*
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$16,790
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$23,195
Invoice* $16,295 $22,267
MPG - City 33 28
MPG - Hwy 41 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Golf than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf, the Kia Rio may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Rio as you will with the Volkswagen Golf, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Golf. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Rio will cost more in transportation costs than the Volkswagen Golf.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Golf, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Kia Rio is slightly shorter than the Volkswagen Golf, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
The Kia Rio has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Kia Rio has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Kia Rio has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Golf, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Volkswagen Golf. The Kia Rio has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Golf, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Rio than that of the Volkswagen Golf.