Heading out on the road in a stylish and fully loaded sedan can really enhance your routine trips around Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach. But when it’s time to pick a sedan, you may be facing a difficult decision, like choosing between the 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs Kia Optima. But the best way to make the right decision to see how your favorite options differ.

At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, we’re here to help by showing you how these two popular sedans compare. Keep reading and contact us to find out which sedan makes the cut!

Volkswagen Passat vs Kia Optima Performance & Power

The Volkswagen Passat has a 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder engine under the hood, while the Kia Optima has a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder as its base level engine.

Each sedan’s engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and their engines can deliver more than 170 horsepower. However, when looking at torque, you can’t help but notice that the 184 lb-ft of torque provided by the Passat surpasses the 178 lb-ft of torque produced by the Optima.

Cabin Comfort & Space

The Passat and Optima both offer spacious cabins designed to hold 5 passengers. Each sedan includes cloth-trim seating and 8-way power adjustable driver’s seats with adjustable lumbar support.

While both sedans offer spacious cabins, there’s some notable differences with the actual passenger space that may affect your final decision. Each sedan offers respectable space for front passengers, but rear passengers in the Volkswagen Passat get more legroom with 39.1 inches. Adult passengers riding in the rear of the Kia Optima may have a tough time with the 35.6 inches of legroom offered.

Audio Entertainment & Technology Features

Entertainment features are important to consider because you’ll be spending a lot of time behind the wheel, especially during morning commutes to work.

Each vehicle includes a high-resolution touchscreen display that allows you to access the entertainment features. Both the VW Passat and Kia Optima include AM/FM radios, CD players with MP3 and WMA playback, and inputs for USB and auxiliary connected media devices.

The VW Passat includes an SD card reader, which allows you to bring your SD card stored media library. Each vehicle includes Bluetooth® technology for both audio streaming and hands-free phone communication.

Choosing Between the Volkswagen Passat vs Kia Optima

In this VW Passat vs Kia Optima comparison, you’ve learned a lot about what these vehicles offer. However, at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, we hope you noticed the differences as well. While both sedans include a lot with their base-level entries, the VW Passat has a few notable advantages over the Kia Optima. You can learn even more about these advantages by dropping by our dealership, taking a closer look, and getting behind the wheel.

Learn more by scheduling your test drive with us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine. We’re proud to lend drivers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach a helping hand for when it’s time to find the right car.