2014 Kia Forte Koup

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$18,600

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2014 Kia Forte Koup
2014 Kia Forte Koup

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Richer interior
  • Backseat legroom up 2 inches
  • Adjustable steering assist
  • Power-folding side mirrors standard

The bad:

  • Manual transmission for SX only
  • Headroom decreases slightly

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • EX

    $18,600

  • SX

    $20,600

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2014 Kia Forte Koup trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Redesigned for 2014
  • Slightly larger
  • Standard backup camera
  • Regular and turbo four-cylinders
  • Leather steering wheel and shifter
  • Forte also available as sedan and hatchback

2014 Kia Forte Koup review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

When it hits dealerships at the end of 2013, the redesigned 2014 Koup will be the third body style in the new Kia Forte generation, following the sedan and four-door hatchback, aka 5-Door. With the addition of a turbocharged engine option, this will be the most powerful Forte Koup to date.

The coupe competes with the Honda Civic Si, Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Volkswagen GTI.

Exterior
The Forte Koup’s exterior has grown in ways that ultimately benefit interior volume. Its wheelbase and overall length are about 2 inches longer, and it’s more than a half-inch wider and almost a half-inch taller.

The Koup styling was updated to match the Kia family appearance. The base EX trim level has standard 16-inch alloy wheels, while the SX has 18-inch alloy wheels. The SX also has a larger front bumper and larger grilles with gloss-black inserts. It adds turn signal lights to the side mirrors. Around back it has LED taillights, dual chrome tailpipes and a diffuser with a mock carbon-fiber finish. 

Both trim levels have power-folding side mirrors standard and offer optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Interior
The 2014 Koup is roomier, to the tune of more than 3 cubic feet of occupant volume — or 1.3 additional cubic feet if equipped with a moonroof, which eats up some space.

Front legroom has come down nearly 1.5 inches but remains generous; the backseat legroom has jumped a welcome 2 inches. Likewise, front headroom has dropped fractionally, but the backseat has gained an inch.

The redesigned interior is richer. Leather is standard on the steering wheel and shift knob, and optional on the seats for both trim levels. The SX adds alloy pedals and faux carbon-fiber trim.

The EX comes well equipped with Kia’s UVO voice recognition system, backup camera, Bluetooth, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows and LED running lights and fog lights.

Options for both trim levels include navigation, a moonroof, remote keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control and leather seats with a heated front passenger seat, and heated and a cooled driver’s seat.

Under the Hood
The Forte Koup’s base engine in the EX is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 173 horsepower and 154 pounds-feet of torque. The SX gets a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers 195 pounds-feet of torque. Mileage estimates aren’t final as of this writing, but the EPA recently rated the sedan version of the 2.0-liter Forte sedan at 24/36/28 mpg city/highway/combined with the six-speed automatic, which is the only option for the EX Koup. The SX will be available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The automatic SX includes steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. The only mechanical difference for the SX, apart from the drivetrain and wheel size, is slightly larger front brake discs. Both trim levels have the new Flex Steer feature, which allows the driver to vary the amount of power-steering assist by selecting among Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.

Safety
Standard safety features include the required antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control and six airbags: frontal, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and side curtains along the front and rear seats.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

3.4

Good overall value, nice features, sporty look.

Reasonably priced with features you'd find in a more expensive car. Attractive, sporty exterior, nice interior, good amount of available extras and safety features. Overall good value.

4.9

Lots of equipment for the price.

This is one of the best cars I've ever owned. And I've been buying cars since1975. The equipment is awesome, very fun car to drive, and extremely reliable.

4.4

Reliable car

Leather seats wear extremely quick. Poor quality leater Had steering wheel replaced once car came back out of alignment, wheel is doing it again 70,000 miles on vehicle Both release levers controlling back seats have pulled out of their their bracket. Very poor design . Gas cap would not open with interior release handle very bad design

See all 13 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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