2010 Kia Forte Koup at 2009 New York Auto Show

Fortekoup

  • Competes with: Honda Civic coupe, Ford Focus coupe, Chevy Cobalt coupe
  • Looks like: Kia is going to be a real player in the compact segment
  • Drivetrain: 156-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with CVT, or 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or five-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2009

Kia debuted its new Forte sedan at February’s Chicago auto show, and we knew a two-door variant was on the way. Today, the company unveiled that coupe, calling it the Forte Koup. We’re not sure why automakers feel the need to mess with the English language, but considering the trim levels of the Kia Soul use “!” and “+” in their names, this isn’t quite as annoying.

The bigger news is that the base engine gets 25/34 mpg city/highway, which is similar to the Focus’ mileage and 1 mpg less than the Civic coupe’s 26/34 mpg. However, the Kia has at least 10 more horsepower than either.

There are just two trim levels: the EX and the SX, which adds a more powerful engine and returns 22/32 mpg with a manual transmission and 23/31 mpg with an automatic.

Standard equipment on all Forte Koups include 16-inch alloy wheels, stability control, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, cruise control, a six-speaker sound system, Sirius Satellite Radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, USB and standard auxiliary audio inputs, and Bluetooth hands-free phone connection.

Price will play a big factor in determining the Forte Koup’s value, but if recent releases like the affordable Soul are any indication, we’d guess the Forte Koup will be competitive. More photos below.

Comments 

K

Just why can't they come up with their own design instead of copying from others.

Looks awesome!!

This is a homerun for Kia Motors America!!

Tony

Civic look-alike!
Not bad.

But the temperature gage in the central spot is dumb. Mixing electronic gages with pointer gages was never a good idea. Generally, over- the-steering wheel instrumentation is lame. Center console is acceptable but not more.

Also, red display is cheap. White or nice green would be much better. May be some companies think that red means performance, I suspect (think Mazda) But I found out that a pleasant light green display is really cool at night. Or just white - still better. Red is tiring, cheap. Almost like cheap aftermarket.

Tony,
The temp gauge is probably temporary and you cycle between trip computer etc. Most people don't pay attention to temp gauges these days.

Jag

Dave- Where does this car stand in terms of interior quality?

If it's identical to the Forte sedan and similar to the Soul I drove two weeks back I'd say very good for the class. I like it a little better than what Scion is doing. Probably on par with the current sentra/versa from Nissan as well.

Not up there with the Honda Civic though. But the Forte will likely be much cheaper like the Soul.

C

Dave,
Have you noticed that the 2nd and the 3rd poster are essentially the same one posting links?

Tony

"Most people don't pay attention to temp gauges these days. "


WOW! Dave, so if the engine runs hot or cold, people don't even look?

I always check temp. This way I knew that my thermostat stuck open on my 3 different cars in the past.

Still, cheap instrumentation

joe

OH LOOK GUYS ANOTHER CIVIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mk

If you like the car then buy it. If you don't, then chill out and leave it alone. This is better looking and cheaper than the Civic. And i'm willing to bet that you get more options for the money, as this seems to have a good list of standard features.

J

To people who think this looks better than the Civic, I hope you are on KIA's paycheck or you are simply blind.

This is a straight up copy of the Civic.

J

And not to mention the resale value.
It matters when not only selling the car, but when it is total loss.

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