Forte typically is a totally upgraded version of the Spectra which is also a total rebrand. As mentioned, Kia always improve on their last model, be it design, performance and value-for-money. While were not overly excited with Kia models, the Forte did turn some heads when it was rolled out. There are 3 versions of the Forte. The entry model LX, EX which is the mid range and the SX, sitting at the top of the range. Price ranges from USD$13,695 to USD$17,195 (which is about RM48,000 to RM60,000).

While the LX gives you about 156 horses in its 2.0 liter DOHC inline-4 cylinder engine, the 2.4 liter engine powers up the SX version. If you take the mid range version, you get the accessories included in the Convenience Package but you can upgrade to the Premium package which comes with bigger wheels and a powered sunroof. Standard equipments across all versions are like the stability and traction control systems, anti-lock, 4 wheel disc brakes and curtain airbags.

One of the most appealing thing about the Forte is the design of this car as the newer Kia cars have eluded their older, square-ish designs. This is where the Korean company has invested and marketed so well over the past few years. You can expect more cool design cars to follow suit in the coming launches but the Forte to get top marks for innovation and creativity here. Even if this is so, they have not compromised on the more important features like space which is quite well provided for. The car has a big boot space for a compact sedan like this and with the adjustable driver’s seat and such, there are in fact, quite a lot to shout about here.

Standard accessories like USB enabled MP3 audio system is included and performance wise is good and great with the base model. In fact, the LX seemed to be overpowered to some extent while the SX however is underpowered a little. Otherwise, this nice looking car really is very impressive. {mosimage} {mosimage} {mosimage} {mosimage} {mosimage}