The Forte5 hatchback is now powered by the same engines and wears the same clothes as its sedan sibling. Good looks and lots of trim choices make the Forte5 a solid competitor.
Cost of entry is much higher than the Forte sedan as the Forte5 is not available in a base trim, unlike the Mazda3 which can be had for about $3,000 less
2014 Kia Forte5 Pricing:
Pricing for the Forte5 starts at $19,495 for the LX+ manual-equipped model and $20,695 for the six-speed automatic with Active ECO. EX Automatic models go for $22,295 and adds 17-inch alloys, leather steering wheel and shift knob, UVO infotainment, and other options. SX models replace the 2.0-litre four-cylinder with a 1.6-litre turbocharged four and cost $23,795. Automatic-equipped SX models are $1,200 more at $24,995. The tippy-top SX Premium automatic will run you $28,395.
2014 Kia Forte5 Economy:
Equipped with the new, more powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, the Forte5 is rated at 8.5/5.8L (city/highway) per 100 km with the manual transmission or 8.6/5.8L per 100 km with the six-speed automatic. Turbo 1.6-litre models are rated at 9.7/6.9L per 100 km for the manual and 9.7/6.7L per 100 km for the automatic.
Improvements and Changes:
Arriving a year after its four-door brother, the Forte5 has undergone a complete overhaul. Not only does the hatchback Forte receive the same styling as the sedan – which is incredibly sharp – it also receives two new engines: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder.
SX models may be loaded up with lots of options, but they also come with a firmer ride. Drive lower trims as well to see which suspension firmness suits you best.
2014 Kia Forte5 Powertrain:
The Forte5 is given the same engines as its sedan sibling sharing the same name. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder is the base engine, producing 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. SX models are equipped with the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine as the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, boosting output to 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available, each with six cogs to play with.
The Kia Forte5 comes standard with six airbags (front, front seat-mounted side, and side curtain) available on all trims. Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control Systems comes as standard on all trims as well.
The compact hatchback market is growing in Canada, and Kia must do battle with the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai Elantra GT, Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, and Subaru Impreza 5-Door.