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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kia Forte Koup

Kia Forte Koup SX is a rare mixed bag from Kia, a slick fashion statement that handles better than it needs to and doesn't go as fast as it should. Like fellow Korean giant Hyundai, Kia has churned out a series of remarkably competitive products as of late, not least the Forte SX sedan on which the Koup is based. Indeed, that sedan took down a similarly priced Mazda 3 i in one of our most lopsided comparison tests ever. The Koup, however, could use some fine-tuning.



Performance

The front-wheel-drive Kia Forte Koup SX is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 173 hp and 168 pound-feet of torque. Our test car had the optional five-speed automatic transmission; a six-speed manual is standard (for 2011, a six-speed automatic transmission is available). At the test track, the Forte Koup SX hit 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds en route to a 16.3-second quarter-mile at 130km/h.

That's more than a second slower to 60 than the Civic Si and supercharged Scion tC, though these models come only with manual transmissions. The base Civic trails the Koup SX by a few ticks, while the base tC is comparable. Remarkably, the Forte Koup SX zipped through our slalom cones at 68.5 mph, which is 1.2 mph faster than the Forte SX sedan and just 0.3 mph behind the last Civic Si we tested. The tC, for the record, doesn't handle nearly as well.

In the real world, the 2.4-liter four supplies a forgettable soundtrack, but it feels capable, with a broad power band that belies its middling acceleration numbers. The transmission, moreover, is smooth and responsive, and its extraordinarily tall gearing (2,400 rpm at 120km/h) helps produce decent EPA fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined, according to the EPA.


Function

The Forte Koup SX's gauges are always clear, and their red perimeter lighting adds visual flair without compromising functionality. The radio controls and three-knob climate-control system are idiot-proof, with the standard iPod connection drawing particular praise for its ease of use. The base stereo (there is no optional system as of this writing) is surprisingly pleasant, providing respectable clarity and full bass.

The standard Bluetooth system is greatly appreciated at this price point and even downloads your contacts list automatically, which is not a universal feature of these systems. However, it does so every time you start the car — and interrupts your song or radio program with an annoying beep and a loud "transfer complete!" announcement from a robotic female voice. Hopefully Kia will iron out this kink as the Forte's model cycle progresses.


Comfort

On the highway, the 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX remains laudably quiet, and its almost Germanic high-speed composure lends peace of mind — until you hit a rough patch, that is, at which point sharp impacts are heard and felt. Be sure to drive the Koup SX over some broken pavement before signing on the dotted line. The leather-wrapped steering wheel isn't the nicest of its ilk, but at this price point we applaud Kia for trying. Like the sedan, the Koup lacks anything in the way of door armrest padding.


Price : RM 115,800
For more info go to Nazakia.com.my

26 comments:

PORUMAN said...

kereta baru kerr??? mcm gen-2???

mankete said...

Poruman - tahun 2010 keluar. saja ja review atas permintaan kawan2

::ini belog saya . cinta hati saya:: said...

keta oh keta

merah menyala tu

:)

mankete said...

inibelogsy - merah la menarikkan :)

TYNTHA LANA said...

hahh..merah cam Sentinel..cam motor Ferrari peberet lana gak..sukanya.. T____T smpai terharu,hahahaha

Muaz Faris said...

nak beli kalo ade duit la

mankete said...

lana - ahaha mcm rupa sentinel ke.sentinel tu bas burok la ahah.. moto ferari tu pon tak cantek ahaha

muaz - beli jgn tak beli muaz

hatikubaik|mohdhazlan Dreadlock said...

gaya dan citarasa eropah !

excellence

cunndaa said...

semat la man waner merahh...
nak angkat merah la sebijik nanti ^^

alif haris said...

Kia eh .. tp bntuk mcm gen-2 hehehe

org muo said...

pehhh mengancam kia forte ni..naik gian gua he he

eikieyn said...

thanks man~ kin suke sgt forte..tambah2 kalau kaler putih.. mase mengumpul duit DP mulai skarang. hehe.

Aida Omar said...

cantik plak warna merah erk kereta nie..nampak smart betul..

Lieyly ︱ Alia said...

merahhhhh gila , :D

nk stu...

mankete said...

hazlan - citarasa lan apa plak eheh

cunda - man tunggu yer cunda angkat, man nak tumpang :)

alif haris - ade rupo gen 2 ke bro..rasa mcm tak sama ja eheh

mankete said...

org muo - mmg geram bro ehehe

eekin - sama2 kin, duit DP tu apa ya kin

aida - warna merah menyala, memikat hati bila terpandang :)

alia - dua pon blh :P

caliph shuriken said...

pnah tgk kaler putih.. tapi kaler merah ni nmpak garang ^^

jehanfrhin said...

nmpk style ar dgn kaler merah dy nie..

ezzu said...

smartnye kreta tu...

mankete said...

caliph - yup selalu tgk kat jln warna putih mmg cantek bro.

jehan - nampak garang kan eheh

ezzu - yup nampak samrt bro

Khairil said...

aku kalau keluaran KIA ni tak berapa nak yakin sangat...tak ada logo halal..hahaha

shark said...

design ok la..tak le la buruks sgt..:) ekekkeke..

Terbelog said...

merahnya
semat gak man

syaz@rozelt said...

wah menarehk sehhh..suka dr segi luaran je..dlmn x reti la..

mankete said...

khairil - ahahha after sales servis mmg lemah skit tu la pasal

shark - ehehe boleh la kan eehehe

terbelog - smart bro , merah menawan eheh

sya - luaran tu yg wat terpikat tuh

milo said...

smart gilaaa...

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