I have done genome assembly on an interleaved fastq file using many different assemblers (Velvet, ABySS, Minia, SPAdes, etc.) and have the "contigs.fasta" file from all of them. I have run over 50 assemblies with different parameters and options in each of those assemblers, now I have processed each "contigs.fasta" file using QUAST. I know that the length of the genome I am trying to assemble is originally 200,000. However using QUAST the "Total Length" and "Total length (>= 0 bp)" I am getting for 95% of my assemblies (i.e. contigs.fasta files from different assemblers) is near 390,000 all the time. What is the problem? Does "Total Length" in QUAST refer to something different? Why can't I get any length value near the expected 200,000? I have experimented with tons of k-mer, coverage-cutoff, expected coverage value combinations!
Total length in QUAST does not refer to "something else", it simply gives you the total amount of bases present in your assembly (sum of length of all sequences).
What kind of sample are you trying to assembly, and how do you know that the total assembly size should be 200kbp. Is it simulated data?
If not, my guess would be that your sample either also contained "something else", e.g. minor contaminations or that you have a high level of variation and (probably excessive coverage) in your read data.
More information about your actual sample would help a lot.