If you must, Kia cars of late has been able to divert from its previous old-fashioned boxy reputation and this is something which the Korean car makers have gone to great lengths to promote. As if design is not the only important element, they have also ensured that performance and handling of their models are well taken care of as well. So you can rest assure that this will not be anything less than a quality car.

Naza Kia however has been very upbeat and confident of the Kia having launched it with much fanfare with teaser advertisements welcoming the launch. Since then, they have reported that there has been some 600 bookings for the 1.6 versions which comes in either the EX which is the entry level and the SX which is a higher version together with the 2.01SX which is the top of the range version.

Sold for RM75,800 and RM81,800 for the 1.6 versions while the 2.01 version costing RM93,800 that gives you up to 156 horsepower, it is difficult to discount any reasons why the Forte is not doing as well as expected. To entice its buyers, Kia has already included all the ‘well-demanded’ accessories and this is all nicely done by Naza Kia as well. To begin with, the entry level (EX) itself already comes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), 15 inch wheels, dual airbags, active headrests, a USB/iPod connectivity CD Player and electronic chromic mirrors while the SX gets you a bit more.

If you go for top of the range version, you will get an Electronic Stability Control System put in that comes with electronic brake-force distribution, cornering brake control, brake assist system and traction control system while cosmetics do increase with the 17 inch alloy wheels, 6 CD changer, keyless engine start, and UV Cut glass. Now isn’t that something?

 

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