KIA Forte Sedan Review
In the past few decades numerous automobile makers have entered in the global market. Some favored for their innovations in ground-breaking technology, some celebrated for redefining the concept of luxury and some cherished for their economically valued, high-quality cars. But the only handful of these automobile firms, is able to leave a mark in the industry. One such legendary automobile manufacturer is Kia. Originated from the land of technology and innovations, Kia Motors believes in the motto of continuous modification and experimentation in its products to completely satisfy the needs of its customers and exceeding expectation with each product. Kia is recognized for its awe-inspiring, powerful engine, space-efficiency and value for money reliable cars. By adapting innovation technologies, Kia motors has crafted various small and off-road cars serving the need of both family and sports cars. Coming from the veterans another masterpiece, Forte is an absolute stunner nonetheless. The brand new Forte sedan revolutionized the concept of the family saloons and sets a new automobile benchmark. The Forte is made available in three variants, Forte Koup, Forte 4-door sedan and Forte 5-door sedan. All the three cars come with two engine trims – a 1.6-liter Gamma engine and a 2.0-liter NU engine. Both the engines feature Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and electronic fuel injection. The advanced mechanism offers enhanced driving pleasure and best in class fuel economy. The 5 door sedan - Forte has received raved responses since its launch in the year 2009. Now in its third generation, Forte is still one of the favorite cars of Filipinos because of its generous specification, economical price tag, strong performance and practical design. The added styling make-over has accentuated its looks and a countless supply of innovative gadgetry has given Forte a much-needed boost in the market.
Mileage and Fuel economy
The Korean automaker is known for its fuel efficient, pocket-friendly cars. From the first push of the start button, the new Forte sedan will save you trips to the petrol pump. This sedan is engineered keeping in sync with the demand of Filipinos and the environment. The car features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and electronic fuel injection that allows the engine to operate at the most efficient rpm level, helping to maximise efficiency in varied driving conditions. Its 1.6-liter engine variant delivers a significant combined mileage of 24 kmpl, while the 2.0-liter engine variant offers a mileage of 29 kmpl.
Kia offers two engine variants of Forte sedan – a 1591cc Gamma gasoline engine which has the propensity to produce a maximum power output of 130 PS made at 6300 rpm and a peak torque of 156 Nm made at 4850 rpm. The other trim sports a 1999cc 4 cylinder Theta engine that produces a colossal power output of 161 PS at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 194 Nm at 4800 rpm. Both the engine comes mated with a cutting-edge 6-speed automatic transmission, that ensures silky smooth and precise gear change. The stylish Forte delivers best of both worlds – ample of power output for a thrilling drive and family saloon comfort.
Acceleration & Pickup
The new Forte is made available in two engine trims. Both the engine offers decent power output, coupled with superb fuel economy. The 1.6-litre Forte variant features a Gamma engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and electronic fuel injection. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the sedan reaches 0 to 100kmph mark in merely 11.6 seconds topping at a speed of 195 kmph. While, the 2.0-liter NU 4-cylinder engine touches a stupendous speed of 209 kmph at an excellent acceleration of 0-100 kmph in just 7.5 seconds. No matter which trim you go for, you can enjoy an exhilarating driving experience as well as improved fuel economy.
Without a doubt, Kia Forte is one of the best looking car in the sedan segment and has all the features to make heads turn on the road. This stunning car captivates onlookers with its flawless and masterstroke styling. The new Forte has undergone a strategic facelift based on the veteran philosophy of Kia design. Now in its year 2015 model, Forte brings a breath of fresh air in the sedan segment with its bold, athletic look that suits the car’s sporty driving character. Thanks to its coupe-like proportions, aerodynamic lines, eye-catching body curves, the new Forte looks moving, even when it is at a standstill. The new Forte sports a dynamic silhouette that features a sweeping roof line, shortened the front and rear overhangs and distinctive side character line that further accentuates its sleek and unique character. In the front, the car is bestowed with a sloping bumper, bold black front grill and brand insignia mounted on it. The expressively designed radiator grille embossed with company's insignia in matte black accentuates the curved exterior and enhances the Forte's dynamic lines. The new Eagle-eye shaped HID headlamps and square fog lamps not only enhance its look but also offers bright illumination. Moving on to the side, the car gets sleek OVRMs with sleek side indicators. The sculpted lines and curves on the body, creates a masculine side profile. In the rear, the car gets LED rear combination lamps, along with single exhaust with chrome plating. Kia Forte is available in three vibrant colors that further accentuates its sport appeal.
The exterior dimensions for this sedan remain standard for all the variants. The overall dimension of the car measures (4350 X 1780 X 1460) mm (L X W X H) and wheelbase measures 2700 mm to give significant cabin space to the occupants.
Sit behind the wheel, let your eyes stray towards the elegant interiors and you would know you have made the right choice. From styling to technology to amenities, the new Forte is loaded with upgrades that give it a distinct level of sophistication. In terms of cabin space, Kia has taken no compromises. The best part about this family saloon is its ample leg and shoulder space, which provides luxurious seating for all five passengers. The all black interiors create a sporty character, while stitching of red on the panel and buttons, further accentuates its look. Mounted in the middle is a supervision cluster, that displays information in an easy to use manner. Overall, the dashboard, coupled with premium upholstery make the car looks luxurious.
The unique luxe factor of the Forte is characterised in its interior that indulges every need of driver and passenger alike. The use of premium upholstery bestows utmost comfort, even during long hauls. Along with this, the car sports a 4.5-inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display which provides stunning visibility along with featuring a rear view camera display and high-end audio controls for enhanced convenience. The car also features advanced automatic cruise control that lets you maintain a constant speed with just touch of a button on highways. The car is integrated with a signature start and stop button for more convenience. In addition to these, this stylish sedan provides a lot of practical storage space for all your knick-knacks such as center console and storage compartment, driver’s and front passenger’s illuminated vanity mirrors, driver’s and front passenger’s seat back, sunglass holder, glove compartment and many more.
The new Kia Forte is a premium segment sedan car with a seating capacity of 5. The car is spacious offering ample legroom, shoulder room and hip room to all the occupants. Its overall luggage volume is of 657 litres which is quite impressive.
Engine and Performance
Kia engineers have thoughtfully designed its engine to give double the output than its size. This family sedan delivers both - a thrilling ride and best in class fuel economy. The new Forte is made available in two engine variants a 1.6-liter Gamma engine and a 2.0-liter NU powertrain. Both the engines feature Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and electronic fuel injection. Integrated with intelligent electronic fuel injection system, which helps controlling ignition timing optimization and supply an adequate amount of fuel, required for engine's operation, in turn resulting in superb fuel economy and reducing carbon emissions. Along with this, the Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) offers a stronger low-mid range for increased acceleration coming out of corners by maintaining engine balanced stunning power with manageability. Both of the engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which offers smooth and precise gear change.
Stereo and Accessories
Kia Forte is equipped with innovative gadgetry and accessories, making it a preferable choice for each car buff. Its class leading entertainment system is perfect for those leisurely long drives. Forte boasts of an advanced infotainment system comprising a large 4.5-inch TFT-LCD display providing stunning visibility and touch screen capability while featuring a rear view camera display and high-end audio controls for enhanced convenience. The LCD screen has Bluetooth and USB connectivity, wherein, the driver can sync-in their devices. In addition, the car also features Rear View Camera Display on which a quick glance confirms your position on the road and your distance from obstructions.
The new Kia Forte comes with 15-inch alloy wheels with tyre size measuring 195/65R15 that adds on to the car's aggressive and sporty look. These sporty wheels and tires not only enhance the aesthetics of this drive but also ensure good grip and stability while running on varied terrains.
Braking and Handling
Kia's braking and handling system have always been reliable in all its cars. The same legacy continues in Forte which showcases excellent stability. For firm driving, the car is equipped with MacPherson Struts, Gas Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer at the front and Torsion Beam, Coil Springs, Monotube Shock Absorbers at the rear side. This advanced suspension package offers responsive handling while providing a comfortable ride over various types of road conditions. For fierce braking power, the car gets 11.0" disc brakes in the front and 10.3" disc brakes in the rear. The braking power gets more efficient with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) which prevents the brakes from locking while running at high speeds.
Safety and Security
Kia is committed to design every model with exceptional safety features. The Korean manufacturer houses a high-end crash safety facility to test their cars thoroughly. Forte is also equipped with a full suite of safety gear. The new Kia Forte is based on a collision dispersal structure that diffuses forces upon impact. The new Forte’s body shell is sturdy and intelligent at the same time which optimizes the protection level. Forte also features Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), front and rear parking assist system, Flex steer, Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Automatic Cruise Control and Dual front advanced airbags for optimum safety.
- Impressive fuel efficiency
- Spacious interiors with innovative gadgetry
- Presence of extensive safety and braking features
- Price range can be more competitive
- Disappointing power and torque output