All-new Kia Forte replacing the Spectra:
An attractive compact sedan with daring looks
Forte: a sleek profile and swept-back headlamps.
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.
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)
Smooth, clear and
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.
with three equipment
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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,
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).
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
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.
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).
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.