2021 Kia K5 vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat

Silver 2021 Kia K5 and silver 2020 Volkswagen Passat

The first-ever Kia K5 in the U.S. has already taken center stage among the mid-size sedan class. Changing the game for what mass-market sedans should be, the K5 is offering everything drivers around Tampa Bay are looking for.

From striking exterior views to its luxury-inspired interior, there’s nothing average about this Kia sedan. Being its first time here in the U.S., some shoppers are skeptical about how the K5 will stack up against the competition. At Friendly Kia we love to show shoppers why our vehicles rise above the competition. See how the K5 compares to one of its rivals in this 2021 Kia K5 vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat comparison.

2021 Kia K5


2020 Volkswagen Passat

1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine Base Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine
180 horsepower | 195 pound-feet of torque Base Power Specs 174 horsepower | 206 pound-feet of torque
2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine (290 horsepower) Available Engine (Horsepower) N/A
8-inch touchscreen Infotainment Center 6.3-inch touchscreen
Available Ventilated Front Seats Not Available
Standard Wireless Device Charging Not Available
Kia Drive Wise Safety and Driver Assistance Suite Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 6 years/72,000 miles

K5 Offers Luxury-Level Style on a Mass-Market Budget

We keep saying that the Kia K5 offers Tampa shoppers a mass-market price, but we haven’t yet said what that price is. The 2021 Kia K5 lineup – LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT – starts off at a manufacturer suggested retail price of $23,490. This budget-friendly MSRP allows shoppers to get all of the high-end features and options they crave, at a price they can afford.

Looking at the 2021 K5 against the 2020 Passat on paper, the Kia stands far above what the VW model can offer. The K5 comes fitted with a more powerful engine, offering more standard horsepower than what the Passat delivers. The 2021 K5 also brings an available 2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine into the mix, which comes fitted in the K5 GT. This engine produces adrenaline-pumping power rated at 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The competing Passat does not offer shoppers any alternative engine options.

When shoppers choose the K5 from Friendly Kia not only are they getting one of the most powerful mid-size sedans available, but they are getting a tech-filled supercar. A standard 8.0-inch touchscreen sits in the vehicle’s center stack with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity. A larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation is available in select K5 models.

Kia Drive Wise also comes standard in the Kia K5, protecting and assisting drivers with features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and more.

For more information on the 2021 Kia K5 or available models at Friendly Kia near Tampa Bay, contact a member of our team today.