Is the Kia Forte the Best Sedan on a Budget?

March 26 2020
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While it doesn’t overwhelm you with style, the Kia Forte makes commuting simple and reliable. If you want something small yet spacious, comfortable and fuel-efficient. The long warranty promises years of trouble-free driving. What more could you ask for? Data studies from J.D. Power reveal that previous-generation Kia Forte owners are ‘bargain hunters’. Whether you're a bargain hunter or not the new Kia Forte is interesting.

The Kia Forte is worthy of consideration and on equal footing with the more common choices such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta. This is a mainstream compact car, so what you see is what you get. The inside is full of hard plastic pockets with plenty of storage. It is however comfortable, the places that you would most likely to rest your hands, arms and body are soft, padded and easy to clean. The display screen is easy to read and the controls have a sense of quality. This new Forte also has added small rear windows that enclose the rear doors. It's also taken some tips from the sporty Kia Stinger, including the grille's strong shape, the futuristic headlights, and the dynamic lower-grille design.

Kia provides a good amount of storage space in the Forte – not too much where you feel your car is too large for your needs but just enough so that you won’t feel like you need more. The best part about the storage is the trunk, it’s absolutely huge for a compact sedan and has an easy to use the handle to swing it shut without getting your hands dirty from the outside.

The Kia Forte also packs a lot of power for a small car, regardless of the trim it comes with a powerful 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. This gives it confidence at overtaking on highways and even matching, if not beating, the Honda Civic for power. The acceleration also has a zippy feel to it and is incredibly receptive. The handling inspires confidence when taking corners without sacrificing smooth suspension when encountering bumpy roads. It’s no secret that Kia has an identity issue. When you think of Kia you would normally associate it with small, awkward-looking cars. Would you associate the brand with being stylish? Of exceptionally high quality? Technology beyond its years? It’s a pity because the latest Forte is just as good as, if not better than its competition.

Kia has really gone above and beyond to show that they're back with a bang. Unfortunately, the company had a rather large amount of problems with previous models. Many customers were left extremely frustrated and unhappy with claims that they were sold defective vehicles that Kia knew about. After a lot of back and forth, Kia admitted fault and recalled the cars.  So if you are thinking about buying a second-hand Kia it may be worth calling their customer service number to keep on the safe side. After careful consideration, Kia decided to offer software upgrades to all surviving vehicles to continuously monitor engine vibrations for unusual dynamic patterns as well as reimbursement for loss of value and inconveniences.

A word to the wise with Kia is to read the car manual and get them serviced regularly. They're known to be extremely reliable cars but demand to be looked after and maintained. You don't want to have to use the seven year warranty and with a Kia, you won't have to, look after it and it will look after you, it's as simple as that.