2018 Kia Forte5 Vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf

split screen comparison between white 2018 kia forte5 and dark blue 2018 vw golf

Whether you’re a young professional with binders to transport during the week and musical instruments on the weekend, or a growing family that wants space for people and stuff, hatchbacks are great opportunities to enjoy the benefits of maximum cargo space without sacrificing the smooth ride and efficiency of a standard car. Compact hatchbacks go the extra mile – giving you the freedom to enjoy hauling a surprising number of things without breaking your bank or taking you to the gas station twice a week to fill up.

The Kia Forte5 is widely regarded as one of the best compact hatchback cars in the game. Not only does the Kia Forte5 give you Kia’s unique and European-inspired style, but it also gives you the feature-packed, driver-focused experience for which Kia is famous. Going up against the five-door Forte5 is Volkswagen’s compact hatchback, the Golf.

2018 Kia Forte5


2018 Volkswagen Golf

201 horsepower (SX) Maximum horsepower 170 horsepower (TSI SE)
106.3 inches Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride) 103.8 inches
39.4 inches / 38.7 inches Headroom (front / rear) 38.4 inches / 38.1 inches
42.2 inches / 35.9 inches Legroom (front / rear) 41.2 inches / 35.6 inches
23.2 cubic feet / 56.4 cubic feet Cargo space (seats up / seats folded) 17.4 cubic feet / 53.7 cubic feet
$18,300 (LX) Base model MSRP $20,910 (TSI S)
10 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain (engine) warranty 6 years / 72,000 miles

The 2018 Forte5 – Better in Every Conceivable Way

Although the 2018 Volkswagen Golf is a good hatchback, the 2018 Kia Forte5 is a great one. You can see in the chart above that the 2018 Kia Forte5 handily beats the 2018 Golf at all the criteria drivers want to see for a hatchback to be considered superior.

It’s a smoother ride. It’s a more powerful available engine. It’s more space for passengers’ legs, heads and stuff. Finally, it’s a lower price and higher peace of mind from its longer warranty.

Kia have become experts at surprising the market with models like the Forte5 which blow class veterans and totems like the VW Golf out of the water. While Kia is busy surprising the automotive market, Friendly Kia has been busy earning some unique marks of distinction of our own.

Recently named to the 2018 Kia Presidents Club, Friendly Kia joins only 29 other dealerships across the United States in being recognized for our prominent level of customer satisfaction. As a top-rated dealership from past shoppers, we know the best way to earn business is to earn trust and we do that by being transparent and maintaining integrity throughout the sales or service process.

Additionally, Friendly Kia has the lowest prices in Tampa Bay on models like the 2018 Kia Forte and its variants. As the dealership with the most expansive inventory, you’re all but guaranteed to find the model you want, in the trim level and color you prefer.

Contact us today if you have more questions about the Kia Forte, Forte5 or would like to schedule a test drive with either!