2020 Kia Rio vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: Compare reviews, safety ratings, fuel economy, etc.

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2020 Kia Rio vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

New 2020 Kia Rio

2020 Kia
Rio

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New 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2020 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

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MSRP*
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$15,850 to $16,490
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$26,245 to $29,945
Invoice* $15,382 to $16,002 $25,196 to $28,747
MPG - City 33 25
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 Jetta GLI than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, the Kia Rio may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
The Kia Rio will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Jetta GLI. 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 Jetta GLI.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Kia Rio, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Kia Rio as you will in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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