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Volkswagen Golf vs. Kia Rio

In comparing the Volkswagen Golf to the Kia Rio, the Volkswagen Golf has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Kia Rio has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Volkswagen Golf versus the Kia Rio, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Volkswagen Golf versus Kia Rio Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Volkswagen Golf ranges from $19,999 to $25,990 while a used Kia Rio from the same model year range is priced between $14,443 to $20,990. For a new model, the Volkswagen Golf's price is between $21,812 and $25,810, with the Kia Rio priced between $16,394 and $20,006.

Volkswagen Golf versus Kia Rio Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Volkswagen Golf is 8.7 out of 10 while the Kia Rio's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10.

Volkswagen Golf versus Kia Rio Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency

For engine performance, the Volkswagen Golf’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Kia Rio base engine makes 120 horsepower. The Golf is rated to deliver an average of 33 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 515 miles. The Rio is rated to deliver an average of 36 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 488 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$21,812 - $25,810

Used Asking Price:

$19,999 - $25,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$16,394 - $20,006

Used Asking Price:

$14,443 - $20,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.6%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.9 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

Not yet available

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 25
6 / 25
9 / 25

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

TSI

Trim Levels

LX, S

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 1400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

120 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque:

112 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.043 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 39 / 33

Range (city/hwy):

383 / 515 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

33 / 41 / 36

Range (city/hwy):

393 / 488 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

N/A

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

N/A

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

Available

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

N/A

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

N/A

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.9 inches

Cargo Space:

17.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

110.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.3 inches

Cargo Space:

13.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

89.9 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2945 lbs

Width:

70.8 inches

Height:

58.2 inches

Length:

167.6 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2767 lbs

Width:

67.9 inches

Height:

57.1 inches

Length:

172.6 inches

Wheelbase:

101.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

205/55R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 5.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P185/65R15