Compare 2016 VW Passat vs KIA Optima

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It can be hard to determine the right car for you in the mid-size sedan category because there are so many great options on the market today. While virtually every mid-size sedan has several great features, two of the most popular options among new car buyers are the VW Passat and the KIA Optima. Millions of happy customers prove that you truly can't go wrong with either choice, but the 2016 Volkswagen Passat looks like the best choice when you look closely at the most important feature categories.

2016 VW Passat 1.8T S


2016 KIA Optima LX

25 city / 38 hwy mpg**

Fuel Economy

25 city / 37 hwy mpg**

1.8L Turbo 4-cylinder

Standard Engine

2.4L 4-cylinder

184 lb-ft


178 lb-ft


All Season Tires



Dual-Zone Climate Control


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Fuel Efficiency and Convenience

Gas prices have come down a lot in the last couple of years, but nobody wants to pay a large portion of their paycheck every week on gas just because they bought the wrong car. The 2016 KIA Optima gets approximately 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway. While this is impressive fuel efficiency, the 2016 VW Passat is able to top it. The Passat has an estimated fuel efficiency of 25 mpg in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway. This better gas mileage will save you more money over the life of the vehicle. The two vehicles have the same capacity gas tank at 18.5 gallons, however with the 2016 Passat getting slightly better gas mileage, you’ll be making less trips to the pump and can spend more time enjoying your vehicle on the open road.

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2016 VW Passat vs KIA Optima Interior


KIA has made several changes to the Optima styling over the last few years to make it more attractive to buyers. These changes have allowed the Optima to no longer look like every other family car on the road today, but the new styling does not come close to the 2016 VW Passat. There is just a German-styling flair to the new Passat that you can't find in any other car in its category. The 2016 VW Passat provides all of the necessities to be a family car, but it has the appearance of a much more expensive luxury vehicle. If you are looking to impress everyone that sees your new car, then you will not go wrong with the 2016 VW Passat. Include technologies like Volkswagen Car-Net, and you have a technology leveraged driving experience that is absolute unmatched.


Everyone wants a car that is fun to drive when they are on the road. Luckily, mid-size sedans have come a long way in the performance category in recent years with improved torque and handling that can make you feel like race car driver if you are not careful. When it comes to torque and handling, the 2016 VW Passat is clearly the winner over the 2016 KIA Optima. The Passat has a torque spec of 184 lb-ft while the torque on the Optima falls below at only 178 lb-ft. This will provide a little extra power to wheels if you need to get going in a hurry. The 2016 VW Passat uses its German engineering to maneuver through every tight spot with ease thanks to its 36.4 foot turning diameter. The Optima will need an additional 6 inches to make the same turn. The Passat also utilizes a smaller yet turbocharged engine, reducing the overall vehicle weight while maintaining its raw power dominance over the Optima.

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The only way to get the best comparison to between these two vehicles is by heading to our VW dealer in Stamford, CT for a test drive. Schedule one today!


**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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