About the Kia Forte Koup
The Kia Forte Koup broke new ground for the Korean carmaker and launched Kia’s motorsports program. It competed in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and surprisingly won some titles in the following year. The Kia Forte sedan itself is considered a stylish yet reasonable alternative to longtime favorites including the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The Kia Forte Koup offers an aggressive, sleek, and performance-enhanced version of the already styling Forte sedan, making it instantly appeal to younger drivers. Most importantly, the Kia Forte Koup marks the first coupe ever produced by the Korean carmaker and provides evidence of Kia’s transformation in style.Kia Forte Koup Features
The 2012 Kia Forte Koup shares many common elements with its sedan variant. The clearest difference, however, is that the Forte Koup only comes in two trim levels: the EX and SX. The EX represents the base model and comes with a six-speed manual transmission gearbox. On the other hand, the SX offers a sportier version and comes with the same standard gearbox and a different engine. While the Kia Forte Koup EX uses a 2.0-liter, inline-four engine with a power rating of 156 hp, the SX variant uses a 2.4-liter, inline-four engine that delivers 173 horsepower. Both variants can be fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission gearbox as an option.
All models of the 2012 Kia Forte Koup come standard with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, voice-activated operation, and steering wheel-mounted controls. The Forte Koup also includes a six-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary jack support.Kia Forte Koup Evolution
The 2012 Kia Forte Koup shows little change from the 2011 model year. The minor changes include a new telescopic steering wheel in the EX models as a standard feature, and a redesigned instrument panel for the EX models. The Supervision meter cluster, previously exclusive to the SX model, comes on the EX with the technology package.
The exterior of the 2012 Kia Forte Koup shows similarity to the eighth generation Honda Civic coupe. It has a clearly aggressive stance with sleek and aerodynamic lines. The EX includes standard features on the outside such as heated mirrors, dual chrome exhaust, 16-inch alloy wheels, and integrated LED turn lights on the side mirrors. The Kia Forte Koup SX comes with 17-inch wheels and additional color options.
The interior of the Kia Forte Koup is surprisingly good. The back seats provide a decent amount of comfort when compared to other compact coupes on the market. It is roomy for a compact coupe, offering 33.9 inches of legroom and 35.3 inches of headroom. The SX variant has an especially nice interior with high-quality, leather-wrapped bucket seats in the front. The steering wheel and shift knob also come leather-wrapped, which adds a great touch of class to the coupe.
The Kia Forte Koup design keeps performance in mind, but it is more suitable for daily driving and not for racing. The brakes do not respond as well as expected, and the coupe corners with a slight under-steer and body roll. The Kia Forte Koup engine does have a more responsive and lively throttle, but it peaks quite early. As a result, the coupe and sedan versions of Forte go from zero to 60 mph in the same time (7.1 seconds) with the 2.4-liter engine installed.
The Kia Forte sedan represented one the safest vehicles offered in 2010, and continues to be quite safe. Thankfully, the Forte Koup uses the same safety features as its sedan sibling. Standard safety features include dual front and seat-mounted airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). Other standard features include a stability and traction control system, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front active headrests.
The Kia Forte Koup EX gives a fuel economy of 24/33 mpg city/highway on manual transmission models, and 25/33 mpg city/highway on automatic transmission versions. The SX variant offers 22/32 mpg city/highway and 23/31 mpg city/highway with manual and automatic transmissions, respectively. Overall, the Kia Forte Koup looks great and offers a quiet ride and quick steering. However, the coupe lags behind due to its stiff suspension and awkward driving position.