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2015 Kia Forte Koup

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/1/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Kia Forte Koup no longer comes standard with UVO eServices Telematics and a rearview camera in the EX trim. They are now part of an optional package called the EX UVO Package.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Kia Forte Koup is the two-door variant of the Forte lineup and is available with a 2.0-liter I-4 with 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque in the EX trim and a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4 rated at 201 hp and 195 lb-ft in the SX grade. Both engines can be paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission regardless of the trim level. Fuel economy is slightly below average in its class with the EX achieving 25/34 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 24/33 mpg with the manual while the SX is rated at 22/30 mpg with the automatic and 22//29 mpg with the manual.The Forte is also available as a sedan and in four-door hatchback form as the Forte5.

Overview

2015 Kia Forte Koups with the optional turbo-four provide the most performance with plenty of power on tap for passing, merging, and scaling grades. Handling is also vastly improved over the previous generation with great agility and decently weighted steering. However, feedback is lacking even when the FlexSteer system is in Sport mode.

Space inside the Forte Koup is good for four adults, but taller passengers may be lacking in headroom because of the car's roofline. Trunk space is decent for a coupe at 13.3 cubic feet and can be expanded thanks to the standard 60/40 folding rear seats. The infotainment system is one of the best in the class with user-friendly controls and a navigation system that doesn't lock when the car is in motion. There are also plenty of convenience features available including a heated and cooled driver's seat, HID headlights, dual-zone climate control, and leather upholstery.

While the Forte Koup hasn't been crash tested by the NHTSA, the IIHS gave the car a good score in four categories and marginal in the small overlap front category. (Good is the highest possible score.)

What We Think

Since its 2014 redesign, the Kia Forte Koup has improved substantially and is now one of the best in its segment. In a 2014 First Test review, we said the car drives significantly better than before and "flows from curve to curve with admirable fluidity" while the available turbo-four provides plenty of power on tap. Its interior is well-appointed and built, and is available with plenty of convenience and tech features. However, the high seating position means that there headroom is a problem for taller drivers, and the side bolsters didn't provide enough support for spirited driving.

You'll Like

  • Handles well
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Plenty of available convenience features

You Won't Like

  • Steering feels disconnected
  • Less than stellar fuel economy
  • Seating position is too high and seats don't have enough side bolstering

Key Competitors

  • Honda Civic Coupe
  • Scion tC
  • Hyundai Veloster

Rating

4 star

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