Midsize Car Research: 2018 Volkswagen Passat Compared to the 2018 KIA Optima at Carter VW in Seattle
For a truly safe, sporty midsize sedan, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is always a great choice. Thanks to German engineering made affordable by the talented people at Volkswagen, the 2018 VW Passat gives you more value for your money than the similarly priced 2018 KIA Optima. The Optima can’t match the complete list of safety features you can have on the Passat, nor can it give you the roomy, comfortable interior your family needs to enjoy every last mile. But the Volkswagen can. See it for yourself at our dealer location in Ballard! Schedule a test drive today — we’re located just 12 miles west of Bellevue, where our showroom has a huge selection of 2018 Volkswagen Passat models for you to choose from.
|2018 Volkswagen Passat||2018 KIA Optima|
|280||Max Available Horsepower||245|
|39.1”||Rear Seat Legroom||35.6”|
|Available||Parking Steering Assistant||Not Available|
|6 Years / 72,000 Miles||Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty||3 Years / 36,000 Miles|
|2018 Volkswagen Passat|
|2018 KIA Optima|
|Max Available Horsepower|
|Rear Seat Legroom|
|Parking Steering Assistant|
|6 Years / 72,000 Miles|
|3 Years / 36,000 Miles|
Design and Capacity: 2018 Volkswagen Passat Compared to the 2018 KIA Optima
For us, it’s no contest: The sleek, elegant lines and standard chrome accents make the 2018 VW Passat just better to look at than the 2018 KIA Optima. The Optima comes standard with a black, plastic grille, whereas the Passat flaunts a chrome grille as standard. Inside, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is roomy and comfortable for drivers and passengers alike. There’s more rear-seat legroom in the 2018 VW Passat than most any competitor in its class. And when it comes to the fit and finish of the interior, the enthusiasts at Car and Driver Magazine rave, “Those seated up front are greeted with a well-built and ergonomically friendly dashboard design. Refined road manners and an innately unshakable character make the Passat satisfying for day-to-day duties.”
Performance: 2018 Volkswagen Passat Compared to the 2018 KIA Optima
At the entry level, both vehicles come with similar 4-cylinder engines which deliver comparable horsepower and excellent (and again very similar) fuel economy. You can upgrade to a powerful turbocharged 2.0L version which achieves 245 horsepower in the 2018 KIA Optima — but it’s no match for the available 3.6L V6 powerhouse inside the 2018 VW Passat. That engine will put up to 280 horsepower at your disposal.
Safety Features: 2018 Volkswagen Passat Compared to the 2018 KIA Optima
When equipped with KIA Drive Wise, the 2018 Optima comes with a variety of important active safety features — but not as many as you can have on the 2018 Volkswagen Passat. The 2018 VW Passat can even be equipped with Park Assist and Park Pilot. This advanced feature can scan any potential parking spot to see if your vehicle will fit, and even steer the vehicle in place. It works with both perpendicular and parallel parking. All you have to do is shift into reverse and apply the accelerator and brake as you would normally. The 2018 VW Passat is smart enough to take care of the rest.
Experience the Carter Advantage for Yourself in Ballard, Seattle
Choosing between a vehicle that’s well-appointed for your needs and fun to drive isn’t a choice you have to make — with a new Volkswagen, you get both. You also get industry-leading safety features with Driver Assistance and extra security from the available Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect. At Carter Volkswagen in Ballard, we’re the Seattle metro area’s first choice for Volkswagen sales and service. We call it The Carter Advantage: We promise a free 90-day inspection of all vehicles sold, courtesy loan cars, free WiFi in our service center and so much more. Our commitment to the region goes even deeper — for every test drive we perform, Carter Volkswagen in Ballard will plant one tree in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. Located less than 20 miles from Renton and Redmond, we look forward to seeing you for your test drive soon at 5202 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107.