Kia Forte

Price $17,895 – $29,995
Fuel consumption 5.9 – 9.9 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 79%(view ratings)
Kia’s compact car is a value champion both in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback configurations, the latter offering extra space and versatility. Build quality is impressive inside and out, and the Forte combines sharp modern looks with a clean interior. Standard power comes from a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, while a punchy turbocharged 1.6-litre unit is available on GT models for drivers seeking extra power and performance.

Detailed ratings

Global rating
The Car Guide rating 79%
Fuel economy 7/10
Reliability 7/10
Safety 7/10
Infotainment 9/10
Driving 7/10
Overall 8/10
Compact cars
The Car Guide rating 81%
Fuel economy 7/10
Reliability 7/10
Safety 10/10
Infotainment 8/10
Driving 7/10
Overall 8/10

What's new in 2021

No major change


  • Exemplary ergonomics of controls
  • Nice interior presentation
  • Complete equipment
  • Good storage and cargo space


  • Rather noisy (GT)
  • Bbouncy ride (GT)
  • No sports skills
  • Low residual value