2020 Volkswagen Passat vs 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line vs 2020 Kia Optima

Of all sedans on the road right now, neither the Volkswagen Passat nor the Kia Optima are the most popular, but some people like it that way. If you’re looking for a new sedan that isn’t one of the regular ordinary names, the Passat and Optima are great places to look. But these two vehicles are not created equal. One proves to be a genuine quality vehicle, while the other falls behind. The table below compares the 2020 model years of both for available features and key categories for the sedan shopper.

2020 Volkswagen Passat 


2020 Kia Optima 

$22,995  Starting MSRP  $23,190 
2.0L inline 4-Cylinder Turbo  Standard Engine  2.4L inline 4-Cylinder 
6-Speed Shiftable Automatic with Sport Mode  Shiftable Transmission  6-Speed Shiftable Automatic 
ABS, Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution  Braking  ABS

Passat Versus Optima Engine Comparison

When you look at the two base model engine options side by side, some interesting differences make themselves known. When it comes to power, the engine of the Kia Optima achieves 185 horsepower, greater than the Passat and its 174 horsepower. The tradeoff comes at torque, however. The Passat generates 206 lb-ft of torque thanks to its turbocharged engine, far more than the 178 lb-ft of torque from the Optima.

Other Available Features of the Volkswagen Passat

It’s hard to define the difference the Volkswagen engineering makes. For the 2020 model year, Volkswagen enhanced the material quality for the interior, making it feel more well-finished than most of the last decade of Passat models. Fans of Fender® sound equipment will love the powerful sound system in the Passat. Remote start, interior ambient lighting, position-memory driver seat and Climatronic® dual-zone climate control technology ensure the vehicle feels like it is ready for the new decade. Bluetooth connectivity, up to 3 USB ports, and satellite radio mean there are plenty of ways to liven up long drives and boring roads.