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KIA Forte Specs

Engine 1591 cc
Power 126 hp
Transmission Type Automatic
Seating 5 seats
Ground Clearance 150 mm
Engine 1.6L Gasoline Engine, In-line 4 Cylinder 16 Valve DOHC
Driver Airbag Yes
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes

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Forte Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Forte

Great design

Comfortable cabin

Decently powerful engine

Things We Dont Like in Forte

Little expensive

Recent Updates of Forte

The all-new Forte was introduced by Kia at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show, a year after it was first showcased in the US. The compact sedan is hauled by a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol engine that outputs 201PS and 265Nm. The motor is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Standard features include automatic headlights, cruise control, speed-sensing door locks, rear parking camera with rear and front sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, 6-speaker audio systems, and a multi-information display. The Kia Forte is available in the LX, EX and GT trims with prices starting at ₱1.1 million. 

KIA Forte Price

The Forte is priced between ₱1.095 Million and ₱1.65 Million.

KIA Forte Variants

There are 3 variants available of Forte: 1.6 LX AT, 1.6 EX AT and 1.6 Turbo GT AT.

KIA Forte Power-trains

The Forte is powered by a 1591cc 4-cylinder Gasoline engine produces 201 hp of power and 265 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 7-Speed Automatic transmission gearbox.

KIA Forte Features

The feature list of Forte includes Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Anti Theft Device and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Automatic Climate Control, Heater, Rear A/C Vents, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, Electric Folding Rear View Mirror, Automatic Headlamps, Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddle, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Foldable Rear Seat, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Reading Lamp, Rear Seat Headrest, Rear Seat Center Arm Rest, Cup Holders-Front, Cup Holders-Rear, Seat Lumbar Support, Bottle Holder, Trunk Light, Vanity Mirror, Keyless Entry, Cruise Control, On Board Computer and Central Console Armrest.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, CD Player, Speakers Front and Speakers Rear.

KIA Forte Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Digital Clock, Digital Odometer and Electric Adjustable Seats.

KIA Forte Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Fog Lights Front, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rear Window Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Rear Spoiler, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator, Integrated Antenna and Adjustable Headlights.

KIA Forte Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag-Front, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Rear Camera, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning and Engine Check Warning.

KIA Forte Competitors

The Forte Competitors are: Hyundai Accent, MG 5, Volkswagen Lavida, Toyota Vios and MG 6.

KIA Forte 2022 Price List

KIA Forte price starts from ₱1.095 Million for base variant 1.6 LX AT available with DP as low as ₱6,000 and MA ₱22,484 (60) on 21 May 2022, while the top-spec variant 1.6 Turbo GT AT costs ₱1.65 Million.

Variant Price Specifications  
KIA Forte 1.6 LX AT ₱1.095 Million*
SRP Price
1591 cc, 126 hp, Automatic, Gasoline
KIA Forte 1.6 EX AT ₱1.195 Million*
SRP Price
1591 cc, 126 hp, Automatic, Gasoline
KIA Forte 1.6 Turbo GT AT ₱1.65 Million*
SRP Price
1591 cc, 201 hp, Automatic, Gasoline

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KIA Forte Colors

Forte is available in 5 different colors - Black, Blue, Snow White, Red and Steel.

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KIA Forte Fuel Consumption

Fuel Type Mileage (City) Mileage (Highway)
Gasoline 19.8

KIA Forte Review

  • Forte Overview
  • KIA Forte Interior & Features
  • Forte Exterior
  • KIA Forte Ride & Handling
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  • Forte Verdict

Forte Overview

The KIA Forte did look good even at the time it went out of sale in the Philippines market. Hence, pulling it off the road did not make quite a lot of sense for the people who followed the auto industry closely and liked KIA cars. However, much to the excitement of many, the Forte is back in a revamped form under the management of Ayala Corporation.

The Mazda 3 and Honda Civic are probably the greatest names in the segment and the new KIA Forte looks good to take on the likes of the same, albeit in a much better way than it did before. At the moment, the car is available in three variants, namely - LX AT, EX AT and GT AT. The price starts at PHP 1,095,000.

KIA Forte Interior & Features

The design language inside the cabin of the Forte is very much in line with most of the premium KIA cars. The settings are very plush and likable. The top of the line model gets the GT logo on the seats. Both the rows are very comfortable with proper cushioning and under thigh support. The front dashboard looks very futuristic with two analogue dials and a small TFT display for the centre console. The dashboard holds a floating touch screen infotainment system with a few knobs for the controls below.

Moreover, even the music system down below has a couple of controlling round knobs on either side. The AC vents are rounded on the extreme sides of the front portion.

Forte Exterior

The new KIA Forte has the typical front fascia that we get in most cars from the company and there is a fine strip of chrome bordering the checkered grille. The headlamp housing is very sleek and swept back and offers good illumination from the projector setup.  The front fenders and wheel arches are very smooth and classy and there is no element of overly rough and bulkiness.

The rear profile has the combination tail light setup with LED elements. The tailgate has a gentle spoiler-like bump with the KIA moniker inscribed adjacent to it. The lower part of the rear has been done in black to add a slight amount of sportiness to the overall aesthetics.

The buyers have the option of choosing between 17-inch and 16-inch alloy wheels.

KIA Forte Ride & Handling

Little can one deny that the KIA Forte, even before it was pulled off the roads, did have a powerful engine that made a lot of buzz each time it zoomed past freeway traffic. The sole 1.6-litre Gamma engine is very powerful and grunty and can clock the 0-100 kmph acceleration in just 11.6 seconds. And with the gas pedal pressed further, it could hit a top speed of 195 kmph.

The high trim with 17-inch wheels offers better stability at high speeds and remains glued to the tarmac even while cornering.

Forte Engine & Fuel Consumption

Looking at the three engine trims that the new KIA Forte is available in, the company is likely to discontinue the bigger 2.0-litre Theta engine that used to make 161 PS at 6,500 rpm and 194 Nm at 4,800 rpm. On the contrary, there would just be the smaller 1.6-litre Gamma petrol mill that makes 130 PS of power at 6,300 rpm and 156 Nm of torque at 4,850 rpm.

The list of variants also reveals that the car will continue to come in automatic gearbox and manual will not make it to the list. The 6-speed automatic unit, as used by the company in the past as well, has proper shifts and there are absolutely no lags, even in the low rev range of the engine.

KIA Forte Braking & Safety

The KIA Forte gets disc brakes for all the wheels where the rear ones are slightly smaller than the front ones. Moreover, with the availability of ABS, panic braking even at a high speed is very much possible and safer than otherwise.

There are many other safety features like the addition of Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Vehicle Stability management, and Automatic Cruise Control.

Forte Verdict

Bringing back the KIA Forte has been good news for many prospective buyers. After all, not many would have liked the discontinuation of a car that had the potential of doing extremely well with solely its design. And now when it is back with a more comfortable cabin and fuel-efficient engine, it makes all the more sense to go for it.

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    Clarence Mar 04, 2022 for KIA Forte

    The KIA Forte offers a very comprehensive and luxurious package that almost gets close to a premium sedan at a very reasonable and affordable price. I have been driving the car for almost a year and I think it is just perfect for daily commute purposes. The car looks really stylish and attractive and on the inside, it gets a Read More

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    Huskar Jan 13, 2022 for KIA Forte

    A five-seater premium-looking sedan that is sure to rock the roads of the Philippines on its homecoming. I have always been a die heart follower of Sedan for their sleek look and snuggly drives. Grafted with an auspicious operable 1.6-litre gasoline engine the Forte is still now the best-created Sedan by Kia for me. The unquestionable comfort of the cabin Read More

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    Rizalino Dec 31, 2021 for KIA Forte

    I rate the Kia Forte as the more stylish version of the Hyundai Accent. It is perfect for the people who aren’t much concerned about a little higher price as a compromise to the quality and amazing design. I have been using the sedan for around 6 months now, and the seats feel very comfortable for all the occupants, on Read More

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    Steve Dec 02, 2021 for KIA Forte

    To my amazement the Kia Forte brought along with it gave trims from which I opted for the GT. It gives me a 201 bhp horsepower and turbocharged engine. The engine is powered by four cylinders. It is a very reliable vehicle that is not only befitting for lower budget cars but also because of its top-notch features. The car Read More

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    Datu Aug 17, 2021 for KIA Forte

    If it comes to buying a sedan that is practical, convenient and perfect for everyday use without any compromise of its exterior styling and appeal, I think the KIA Forte is a great choice for any Filipino. The car is a perfect blend of style and power with a unique front fascia design and angular headlamps adding to its grace. Read More

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    Aquilino May 25, 2021 for KIA Forte

    If only I could resist myself from buying this up-market sedan given its sleek and elegant design that depicts an European appeal that won my heart. The flowing lines theme of this car were so flawless and perfect that anyone would fall for its beauty. A true beauty by Kia automakers and other than its design the build quality of Read More

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    Joshua Mar 24, 2021 for KIA Forte

    The Kia Forte is an extremely practical car with lots of space. Both the cabin and the cargo area are extremely spacious. The Kia Forte is a pretty large sedan. If you have travelled in subcompact sedans, the Forte’s size will overwhelm you. There are a lot of convenient storage spaces inside the cabin where you can keep your smaller Read More

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    Dennis Nov 15, 2019 for KIA Forte

    This up market sedan won my heart quite easily due to its European looks. Loved the flowing lines theme that you can find within the car too. The car is made up of high strength steel that will provide this car a sturdy feel. Hence the passenger cells does not get damaged even while collision. The sharp lines of the Read More

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    BEJIE Nov 15, 2019 for KIA Forte

    This up market sedan won my heart quite easily due to its European looks. Loved the flowing lines theme that you can find within the car too. The car is made up of high strength steel that will provide this car a sturdy feel. Hence the passenger cells does not get damaged even while collision. The sharp lines of the Read More

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