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All-new Kia Forte replacing the Spectra:
An attractive compact sedan with daring looks

2010 Kia Forte sedan: front - side view.

2010 Kia Forte: a sleek profile and swept-back headlamps.

APN

24 June 2009.

With its all-new two-door Forte Koup brother, the 2010 Kia Forte sedan will also hit the showrooms early this summer in North America, giving the South Korean brand a refreshingly youthful duo in the compact passenger car category.

Under the aegis of its controlling partner, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors is widening its offer into new spheres, even including fun oriented models such as the 2010 Kia Soul. The value-for-money, economy class image is simply evolving into a more elaborate image.

  Position

2010 Kia Forte sedan: rear - side view.

Tense lines but elegant, not offensive.

Besides the Forte Koup (Kia's first ever two-door coupé), the new four-door Forte expands the stronger design identity of the Asian brand into the compact sedan category, also known as the C-segment or lower medium category in Europe where Kia is also represented by the Slovakian-built (Zilina plant) Cee'd model (common platform with the Hyundai i30, and also related to the new Forte) in 3-door (Pro-Cee'd), 5-door (Cee'd) and station wagon (Cee'd SW) bodies.

2010 Kia Forte sedan: side view.

Smooth, clear and harmonious proportions.

Although related to the European Cee'd, the new Kia Forte is built in South Korea, and replaces the Spectra with stronger arguments to face serious competitors such as the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf and others.

From the outside, Kia's new sedan expresses a bold, yet elegant look with a sleek profile, tense lines and swept-back headlamps.

2010 Kia Forte sedan: dashboard and console.

Correct design with three equipment levels.

Available in LX, EX and SX trims, Forte's pricing will start at US$13,695 for the LX trim (manufacturer's suggested retail price, excluding freight, title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices are set by the dealer), while the Forte EX begins at $15,795 and the SX at $17,195.

  Dimensions

 

Forte welcomes up to five passengers over a wheelbase of 104.3 inches (2649mm), within an overall length of 178.3 inches (4529mm), overall width of 69.9 inches (1775mm) and overall height of 57.5 inches (1460mm).

2010 Kia Forte sedan: centre stack and console.

Standard auxiliary audio input jack, USB port for connecting personal MP3 players and Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls, for hands-free operation with compatible cell phones.

Forte's passenger volume is 96.8 cubic feet (2741 litres, 2.74 m3), with 40.0 inches (1016mm) of headroom and 43.3 inches (1100mm) of legroom in the front seats and 37.8 inches (960mm) of headroom and 35.0 inches (889mm) of legroom in the rear seats.

The trunk provides 14.7 cubic feet (416 litres) of cargo space, which is a good figure for a compact car.

The front-wheel-drive unibody (monocoque) structure adopts an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension gets a torsion beam with struts and coil springs.

The steering has an engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion system. The SX model line comes with a sport-tuned suspension for a firmer feel and higher responsiveness, with larger front brakes for improved stopping capabilities.

  Power

Forte LX and EX are powered by a 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine, producing 156 horsepower (154 horsepower with the 2.0-litre SULEV-rated engine) and 144 pound-feet (195 Nm) of torque, with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and multi-port electronic fuel injection (indirect injection).

The sportier SX version gets an upgraded 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder engine, also with CVVT, delivering 173 horsepower (165 horsepower with the 2.4-litre SULEV-rated engine).

  Transmissions

2010 Kia Forte sedan: cabin view, front.

2010 Kia Forte sedan: rear seats.

Passenger volume is 96.8 cubic feet (2741 litres), with 40.0 inches (1016mm) of headroom and 43.3 in. (1100mm) of legroom in the front seats and 37.8 in. (960mm) of headroom and 35.0 in. (889mm) of legroom in the rear seats.

 

Transmission possibilities include the standard five-speed manual gearbox, an optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic for LX and EX models, a standard six-speed manual (SX) or an optional five-speed automatic with Sportmatic (SX).

  Fuel economy

 

The 2.0-litre engine gets, with either the five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, a fuel economy of:

- 25 (US) mpg (city, equivalent to 30 UK mpg, 9.4 litres/ 100 km, 10.6 km/litre, with a fuel autonomy of 342 miles / 550 km from the fuel tank capacity of 13.7 US gallons / 11.4 UK gallons / 51.8 litres), or,

- 34 mpg (highway, equivalent to 40.8 UK mpg, 6.9 litres / 100 km, 14.4 km/litre, with a full tank fuel autonomy of 465 miles / 748 km).

2010 Kia Forte sedan: glovebox.

A decent glovebox.

With the six-speed manual transmission, the 2.4-litre engine consumes:

- 22 mpg (city, equivalent to 26.4 UK mpg, 10.7 litres / 100 km, 9.35 km/litre, with a full tank fuel autonomy of 301 miles / 484 km), or,

- 32 mpg (highway, equivalent to 38.4 UK mpg, 7.35 litres / 100 km, 13.6 km/litre, with a full tank fuel autonomy of 437 miles / 704 km).

With the five-speed automatic transmission, the fuel economy of the 2.4-litre engine is:

- 23 mpg (city, equivalent to 27.6 UK mpg, 10.2 litres / 100 km, 9.7 km/litre, with a full tank fuel autonomy of 314 miles / 506 km), or,

- 31 mpg (highway, equivalent to 37.2 UK mpg, 7.6 litres / 100 km, 13.2 km/litre, with a full tank fuel autonomy of 424 miles / 682 km).

  Fuel economy package

 

Available on the EX model with the 2.0-litre engine, the optional Fuel Economy Package,  includes the five-speed automatic transmission, Motor Drive Power Steering (MPDS), “smart” alternator, silica tires and aero enhancements. These improvements result in:

- 27 mpg (city, equivalent to 32.4 UK mpg, 8.7 litres / 100 km, 11.4 km/litre, with a fuel autonomy of 369 miles / 594 km from the fuel tank capacity of 13.7 US gallons / 11.4 UK gallons / 51.8 litres), or,

2010 Kia Forte sedan: rear view with tail lights on.

The trunk provides 14.7 cubic feet (416 litres) of cargo space.

- 36 mpg (highway, equivalent to 43.2 UK mpg, 6.5 litres / 100 km, 15.3 km/litre, with a full tank fuel autonomy of 492 miles / 792 km), or,

- 30 mpg (combined, equivalent to 36 UK mpg, 7.8 litres / 100 km, 12.7 km/litre, with a full tank fuel autonomy of 410 miles / 660 km).

  Equipment

From the base LX model, standard Forte interior features include full cloth seats; a six-way adjustable driver’s seat; a tilt steering column (tilt and telescoping in the SX); a rear defroster; dual 12-volt power outlets in the centre console; a standard four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities (three months complimentary service. Customers must renew SIRIUS subscription after trial period if they wish to retain service).

Also standard on all models are the auxiliary audio input jack and USB port for connecting personal MP3 players as well as Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls, enabling hands-free operation with compatible cell phones.

EX and SX models add a standard six-speaker surround-sound audio system; power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; air conditioning (optional on LX); map lamps; steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls; tweeter speakers; dual front and rear cup holders; and floor mats.

Forte’s audio system also includes Speed Dependent Volume Control (SDVC), which automatically increases the volume at higher speeds, and Power Bass, which automatically adjusts the bass response and tone.

EX can be ordered with an optional Premium Package that includes a power moonroof and 16-inch alloy wheels, or a Leather Package that includes leather-trimmed seats with front seat warmers, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and metal-finish trim.

The Forte SX model adds other standard features such a black interior with sport cloth fabric and red stitching, a tilt and telescoping steering column, Supervision gauge cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and metal-finish trim and pedals. SX optional equipment include power moonroof and leather-trimmed seats with front seat warmers.

  Safety

The standard safety equipment includes front active headrests, dual advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side impact door beams, four-wheel disc brakes with an Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Traction Control System (TCS), and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

  Warranty

In the USA, all Kia models are covered by a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan.

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