2014 Kia Forte Koup Preview
With the debut of the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte Koup at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the new 2014 Forte lineup is complete. Kia offers its new compact car in 2-door coupe, 5-door hatchback, and 4-door sedan body styles, in a choice between EX and SX trim levels.
According to Kia, the new 2014 Forte Koup is bigger than the model it replaces: longer, wider, and lower to the ground. Standard equipment includes fog lights, LED positioning lights, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and P205/55R16 tires.
Kia asserts that the redesigned 2014 Forte Koup is equipped with what it characterizes as premium materials, including soft touch points where the driver and passenger are likely to contact features and controls within the cabin. Standard design elements include simulated carbon fiber trim, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and white-on-black gauges, and the Forte Koup EX is equipped with standard Bluetooth with UVO eServices, a reversing camera, and satellite radio.
Opting for the 2014 Forte Koup SX trim adds more than extra horsepower and torque. This version is equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels, more aggressive tires, larger front brakes, and dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips. The SX also has a restyled front end and LED taillights, while the interior is upgraded with metallic pedals and carbon fiber cloth seat insert patterns.
Kia offers numerous options for the redesigned 2014 Forte Koup, including leather seats, a 10-way power driver seat, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, ventilated driver seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Kia's Smart Key passive entry and push-button ignition system is also optional, along with a premium audio system, power sunroof, navigation system, HD Radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights.
Under the Hood
The new Kia Forte Koup EX is equipped with a new direct-injection, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, as well as sport suspension tuning and FlexSteer electric steering with three driver-selected settings including Comfort, Normal, and Sport.
The Forte Koup SX is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injection, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 rpm and 4,500 rpm. This engine is equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, with an automatic also available. Choose the automatic, and the Forte Koup SX gets a set of paddle shifters for manual control of gear changes.
Kia's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty covers the engine and transmission, while the rest of the car is protected by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance.
Safety and Technology
In addition to a standard reversing camera, the 2014 Forte Koup is equipped with UVO eServices. UVO pairs with a smartphone to provide a wide range of telematics, infotainment, vehicle diagnostics, and mobile applications through voice commands or the Forte Koup's standard in-dash touch screen. The Forte Koup's owner can set maximum vehicle speed alerts, program geographic boundary alerts, and contact roadside assistance. If the vehicle's air bags deploy, the system automatically contacts rescue personnel and sends them to the vehicle's location to speed assistance.