2017 VW Passat vs 2017 Kia Optima

Midsize cars like the 2017 VW Passat and 2017 Kia Optima are go-to models for many because of how well they balance the need for interior comfort with fuel efficiency. Both the 2017 VW Passat and 2017 Kia Optima have much more going for themselves rather than just having a decent fuel efficiency rating and some good passenger room, though. Take a look below to see our 2017 VW Passat vs 2017 Kia Optima comparison page!

Neither the 2017 VW Passat or 2017 Kia Optima is going to break the bank, as they come in at pretty competitive prices for their class. The Passat starts at $22,440 and the Optima has a starting price just slightly lower at $22,200. Both can be picked up at different trim levels (seven for the Passat and five for the Optima) that range in price up to the mid-30ks.

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2017 VW Passat Differences between the 2017 VW Passat and 2017 Kia Optima 2017 Kia Optima
$22,440 MSRP $22,200
Standard  Autonomous Braking Available
280 hp Max Horsepower 245 hp
Available Apple CarPlayAndroid Auto Available

Differences between the 2017 VW Passat and 2017 Kia Optima

The 2017 VW Passat and 2017 Kia Optima come pretty similarly equipped at the base level. They both have six-speed transmissions, four-cylinder engines, and highway efficiency numbers in the mid-30s. The Optima does have a slight advantage when it comes to its 185 horsepower rating over the 170 horsepower in the Passat. However, if it’s additional power that you want, you should look into the V6 trim on the Passat. This trim equips the 2017 VW Passat with a 3.6L V6 engine that outputs 280 horsepower, while still offering 28 MPG on the highway.

When it comes to tech and interior comforts, both the Optima and Passat come well equipped. Each can provide comfort with leather seats and trimming, as well as other things. Are you someone who loves to stay connected? Sounds like you should look into the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability that each has. One area where the VW Passat really pulls away from the Optima is its suite of advanced safety features. The base trim of the Passat comes standard with autonomous braking for emergencies, though this is something you only get standard on the highest trim level in the Optima.

Want to test drive the 2017 VW Passat to see how it handles? Swing by Spitzer VW to see if the Passat is right for you!

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