2020 Volkswagen Passat vs 2020 Kia Optima Comparison in Cerritos, CA

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat features a new, bold design and a more robust engine -- making it a better choice than ever for your life in Southern California. It's an ideal choice for those looking for a comfortable commuter or a versatile family sedan. Compared to rivals like the 2020 Kia Optima, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat provides the technology you're looking for, the performance you demand and the safety you and your family need. We'll prove it in the head-to-head model comparison below. With an even lower starting MSRP and more standard features, the 2020 VW Passat is a better value than the 2020 Kia Optima!

Passat LED Headlights

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2020 Kia Optima: Size & Style

On the outside, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat features a bolder look than ever with a reshaped front grille, stylish badging and LED headlights, taillamps and daytime running lights. LED exterior lighting is an optional extra on the 2020 Kia Optima. At the entry level, that model comes with halogen lights, which aren't as vivid and need to be regularly replaced. LED headlights in the VW Passat are designed to last for ages and look sharper than older halogen technology. You even get larger standard wheels on the 2020 Volkswagen Passat for a more premium look.

While both these vehicles are considered midsize sedans, you won't reap the same benefits inside the 2020 Kia Optima. The rear seats of the 2020 Kia Optima give you just 35.6" of legroom -- more in line with compact sedans like the Volkswagen Jetta. Instead, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a much better choice for rear-seat occupants with 39.1" of legroom. The VW Passat has one of the most spacious and comfortable rear seats in this class!


Passat Android Auto

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2020 Kia Optima: Features & Technology

When it comes to standard features, you'll find these vehicles come with similar technology. Both come standard with a convenient touchscreen multimedia system complete with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ technologies. Optional upgrades on both models include navigation and a premium audio system for studio-quality sound. However, even the entry-level 2020 Volkswagen Passat also comes with SiriusXM® satellite radio capability. That's a feature you won't get on the 2020 Kia Optima unless you pay more for a trim level upgrade.

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Passat Dual Exhaust

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2020 Kia Optima: Performance

You'll get a bit more horsepower from the 2020 Kia Optima, but the 2020 Volkswagen Passat provides a lot more torque. Its engine has been retuned for 2020 to deliver extra low-end power, contributing to a feeling of quickness when you leave a stoplight. And since it's turbocharged, you'll get plenty of power without sacrificing efficiency. All this means you'll find the 2020 Volkswagen Passat more exciting to drive, and more confident on freeway onramps. The 2020 Kia Optima offers an optional turbocharged engine, but only on much-more-costly trim levels.

With their fully-independent suspensions, automatic transmissions and selectable Sport mode, both vehicles provide similar handling, responsiveness and road comfort.


Passat Profile View

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2020 Kia Optima: Safety

Both these vehicles come standard with an impressive list of driver assist technologies, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. On most other cars in this class, at least some of these features will cost you extra, but the 2020 Volkswagen Passat and 2020 Kia Optima both go well beyond what's typical from other automakers. These features can intervene and help you avoid an accident. But, if you are involved in an accident, the 2020 VW Passat has some exclusive features that can help protect you. The Intelligent Crash Response System will immediately deactivate the fuel pump, unlock all the doors and activate the hazard lights if a collision is detected. Then, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System kicks in to help prevent your VW Passat from rolling off the road or into any subsequent collisions. For the utmost in peace of mind, choose the 2020 Volkswagen Passat.

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The 2020 Kia Optima is feature-packed in its own right, but the 2020 Volkswagen Passat gives you even more standard technology, even greater comfort and even more powerful performance! And at a starting MSRP of $22,995, it's a little more affordable than its Kia rival, too. Stop by McKenna Volkswagen to test drive a 2020 VW Passat for yourself. The premium quality of German engineering is something that rival automakers like Kia just can't compete with.

2020 Volkswagen Passat2020 Kia Optima
$22,995Starting MSRP*$23,390
174Standard Horsepower185
206Standard Torque (lb-ft)178
39.1"Rear Legroom35.6"
15.9 Cubic FeetCargo Volume15.9 Cubic Feet
17" AlloyStandard Wheels16" Alloy
StandardLED Headlights / Tail LampsAvailable Upgrade
StandardSiriusXM® Satellite RadioAvailable Upgrade
StandardAutomatic Emergency BrakingStandard
StandardRear Traffic AlertStandard

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.