2015 Kia Forte Koup

Value-leading compact coupe.

  • Likes
  • Style
  • value
  • amenties
  • Dislikes
  • Rough clutch
  • vague shifter

Continuing on from a subtle redesign in 2014, the Kia Forte Koup is still a value-driven compact car with a surprisingly comprehensive features list. Our SX-trim test car had heated leather seats, the UVO telematics system with an updated display screen, dual-zone climate control, power folding mirrors and a smart key system. LED taillights and xenon projector headlights gave the exterior some flash. The SX also included upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels with more aggressive front and rear bumper treatments.

The Kia Forte Koup SX is powered by a 201-horsepower, turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine driving the front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic is optional on all trims. With the turbo motor, the car is quite lively and passing is never a problem. As with many of today's direct-injected turbo engines, lag is barely noticeable, with the 1.6-liter in the Forte Koup feeling torquey and strong at low rpm. Unfortunately, fuel economy is not very competitive relative to the car's performance. Rated at 22 mpg city/29 highway, our test car saw a so-so 25 mpg overall.

Handling has been improved, with the Forte Koup finally providing some steering feel and feedback. On the downside, the ride quality is a bit firm and too much body roll still hampers ultimate cornering prowess.

If you want a solid value entry-level compact coupe with all the amenities of a premium luxury car, look no further. You'll be hard pressed to find any other competitor that offers as many features and creature comforts for the price as the Kia Forte Koup. If your goal is fuel-economy or performance, it might be best to look at the offerings from the competition.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000-mile and 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $20,590

As Tested: $20,590

  • 22 / 29 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.9 sec
  • 0-60
  • 201 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 145 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
  • Horsepower: 201 hp
  • Torque: 195
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Curb Weight: 2,964 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 in
  • Length: 178.3 in
  • Width: 70.1 in
  • Height: 55.5 in
  • Turning circle: 34.8 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc
  • Suspension: front independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Traction: stability and traction control
  • 0-60 mph: 6.9 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 117 ft.
  • Top Speed: 145 mph
  • EPA City: 22 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 29 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 22 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5

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