The recently refreshed Kia Forte has thrived with huge success in all of its iterations; coupé, hatchback and sedan. The coupé trim called by Kia as the “Koup”, which is aimed to the young customer niche, offering an attractive design along with two engines and acceptable performance.
Also, an advantage that the 2016 Forte Koup has is the competitive base price, saving a lot of money and getting a car capable of competing with already-settled brands. However, while you add more options and escalate the trim levels, more expensive it gets, ending up being a not-too-cheap car.
The attributes that highlight this car from the competence is the equity between comfort and technology without disregard the performance. As a coupé, you can expect an entertaining driving experience with decent power, handling, and suspension. But, it is not capable of fighting with some coupés, which are fastest and more exhilarating to drive within the same price range.
The only flaw is the lack of active and advanced security features, even on the expensive trims. So, the Forte Koup is definitely not the safest car to drive.
Let’s review this amazing car.
Good Performance and Awesome Powertrain
Available in two options, the 2016 Forte Koup engaged good intentions in both performance and efficiency, delivering an above-average experience.
The fastest powerplant is available on the SX trim, being a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency settled down at 22 mpg in city and 30 mpg on the highway. The SX goes from standstill to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.
The greenest and cheaper engine is available is on the EX trim, featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder up to producing 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque. While increasing the liter capacity but getting rid of a turbocharger, the fuel efficiency seems to be improved slightly to 24 mpg in city and 33mpg on the highway.
All Forte models have a decent performance but probably not as exhilarating as some people wanted it to be. Seemingly, the Forte is more intended to delivers a solid and comfortable ride for daily use. A six-speed automatic transmission provides smooth and pretty responsively shifts.
Exterior Styling and Roomy Interior
Aesthetically, the 2016 Forte Koup has a good design. A modern, contemporary, and athletic feeling in every inch.
The front fascia is sexy and emanates a serious athletic stance featuring a huge grille, amazing LED highlights and fog lights. From sideways, the coupé shape is notorious and disclose the impression of a spacious interior. Kia designed an incredible rear look with the black diffuser and outstanding taillights, along with an exhaust outlet on each side.
The interior is the perfect combination of tech and comfort. For its price, the 2016 Forte Koup has one of the best interiors in its segment, compounded with high-quality materials and high-tech features. A 7-inch touchscreen emerged from the center console with a navigation system and Kia’s Uvo eServices telematics. The back seats have really good space for a coupé with a roomy trunk as well, featuring 15 cubic feet of capacity.
The Bottom Line: A Wannabe Sports Car
You will love this car if you want a balanced coupé in every way. A good performance, styling, technology, and abundant space in both trunk and cabin. With such a striking base price, the 2016 Forte Koup is highly recommended for juvenile customers.
You will hate this car if you have the desire for an exhilarating and entertaining driving experience, mainly because there are cars in this same segments with better capabilities. Meanwhile, the safety of this car is a little bit concerning due the lack of proper technologies.
Starting price at US$21,295.