If you’re in the market for a new car, you might want to join thousands of other Canadians and make the sound investment in a 2019 Kia Forte. For years, the Forte has been one of Kia’s best-selling cars, and there are plenty of good reasons for that.
As an entry-level, budget-friendly, 4-door sedan, the 2019 Kia Forte meets the general driving needs of many Canadians who don’t want to dig a hole in their finances. However, the low price of the Forte is balanced by premium features that are uncommon in cars at this price level. So what’s new in the 2019 model?
The 2019 Kia Forte is an all-new car. While the 2018 and 2017 models used existing designs, Kia went back to the drawing board for 2019 and did a complete redesign of the vehicle. So, there’s a big difference now between this year’s model and previous versions.
Among the new features of the 2019 model’s new exterior and interior are a touchscreen, which is standard in the car, and a longer wheelbase provides more legroom and storage space. While the engine remains untouched from the previous year, it's still perfect for general city driving.
You don’t just pay a lower price for this car compared to other models; you save money in the long run on fuel as well. The 2019 Kia Forte averages about eight litres per 100 km. That translates to about 7 litres per 100 km on the highway and 9.5 litres per 100 km in the city.
However, this fuel economy applies to Forte models with an automatic transmission. The manual transmission is slightly less efficient at a 9 litres per 100 km average, with 7.6 litres per 100 km on the highway, and 10.5 litres per 100 km in the city. Of course, if having more control over shifting gears is a priority over fuel economy, that’s a valid choice.
The 2019 Kia Forte is impressive in the safety department. The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 model a Top Safety Pick+, which makes it an outstanding choice for people who are concerned about the safety and don’t want to pay premium prices. The Forte comes with a rating of “good” in every crash test category but rated “superior” for crash prevention.
The Forte also comes with a good array of standard driving safety features. All Forte models are equipped with lane-departure warning and lane-assist systems, as well as forward-collision warning, emergency braking, and driver-attention or drowsiness monitoring. There are additional safety upgrades, such as LED headlights, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alerts.
The new redesign for the 2019 Kia Forte borrows many premium ideas from the interior of the Ford Stringer and brings them into a budget package. A 20 cm touch screen is standard in every model, with infotainment features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth compatibility if you have devices or accessories you want to pair.
Beyond that, the 2019 Kia Forte features a four-speaker stereo system, a charging port for devices, and seats five people with standard cloth upholstery. The front seats are manually adjustable in six ways, though with a premium option, this changes to powered 10-way adjustment. All Forte models come with two complete sets of LATCH connections for parents who need to secure infants and toddlers in car seats safely.
Another area where the 2019 Kia Forte redesign improved on predecessors is the cargo capacity. The new form factor opened up even more storage space than the previous models. The car now has one of the largest trunks in its class at 430+ cubic litres, more than the Honda Civic or Hyundai Elantra.
If you decide on any model besides the base trim, the Forte increases this storage space with optional folding rear seats. That’s a lot of extra storage capacity for a compact sedan and doesn’t even include the extra “pocket” storage areas for maps, bottles, and other accessories.
If you’re in the market for a brand new car, but you don’t want to pay luxury prices, the 2019 Kia Forte is a best seller in North America for a reason. This is a great, entry-level choice of car that provides comfort, safety, and fuel economy without requiring a major investment like high-end models.