Comparison: Volkswagen Passat vs. Kia Optima

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a midsized family sedan that packs a lot for everyone to enjoy the ride. It has one of the largest cabins in its class, while being economical to run and safe to drive. It is all done the best way Volkswagen knows how – with superb German engineering.


San Fernando Valley consumers are picky and want something that can do the same – even with more space and utility. Our customers have been looking at the Kia Optima in comparison to the Passat. Let us see how they stack up with each other.



2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T S

2017 Kia Optima LX

Engine (Standard)

1.8 Liter turbocharged I-4

170 HP

2.4 Liter I-4

185 HP

Combined Fuel Economy

29 MPG

29 MPG

Curb Weight

3263 lbs.

3219 lbs.

Rear Sear Room (Head/Leg/Shoulder in inches)



Cargo Space

15.9 cu. Ft.

15.9 cu. Ft.

Base Price




 The first thing that comes to mind is how well the Passat stacks up with the Optima. There are some advantages the Volkswagen has to offer: Better warranty coverage, more standard equipment, better technology and active safety features that are also standard on the Passat.


The Passat comes in four trim levels – S, SE, R-Line and SEL, offering an array of standard equipment and safety features to keep it going through its paces.


You can see the 2017 Passat at Volkswagen Van Nuys. Come for a test drive and check out our deals for this exciting new all-around vehicle.