2019 Kia Forte EX 2.0 petrol from North America

Summary:

It's a very well done compact car

Faults:

Just got the car brand new.

The problem dash light was on, on the third day of ownership; it was related to the front collision avoidance detection. Went to the dealer, who diagnosed a defective front sensor.

Second issue is that when the cruise control is set, the engine revolution goes 1000 to 1500 RPM higher. That problem was mentioned to the dealer. Since the car is a totally new design, it has the IVT Kia new intelligent CVT transmission that feels like a regular automatic.

General Comments:

The car has good handling, the suspension is on the sporty side. The transmission doesn't feel like a rubbery CVT.

I like the Android auto, the screen is big and clear, I would have preferred to be more toward the dash for location wise.

It's a decent comfortable ride. The NVH are not too invasive. The seats are firm and well molded, for my stance (I'm 1,86 m and 82 kg). The quality of assembly and materials are far ahead of the 2014 Cruze I owned. I like the car design in and out.

So far at minus 10 degrees Celsius, I'm averaging 7,5 l per 100 km mostly city driving. I bought the Kia because of their recent reliability classification. It's my first Kia. I'll keep you posted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2018

5th Feb 2019, 19:16

The owner,

My issues well, for the cruise control it appears that this is normal with a CVT. So the way I do it is that I use the sport shifting and put it in high gear while I set the cruise, so the engine revs at a normal pace or the smart mode rev.

The problem with the detection of the frontal collision avoidance system is due to me putting a toll sticker just in the camera view. Since it is winter and a lot of abrasives are applied on the road, all the sensors on the car get dirty very quickly and don't function properly. I'm at 3000 km and so far so good.

Another thing, it has been very cold lately so my fuel consumption average is of 8,12 l/100 km or 32.1 MPG Imp. or 26.7 US MPG. A bit of a let down on that side.

11th Apr 2019, 12:55

The owner, April 11, 2019.

I'm very satisfied so far. I reached 8000 km, did a first oil change and used synthetic oil. I'm averaging 6,8 l/100 km (quite good); it is basically the same as my Cruze 2014 diesel.

The road noise is a bit louder than the Cruze, that were around 58 decibel vs 68 for the Forte at a 100 km/h speed. I put on all-season Celsius Toyo tires; the tread is noisier than summer tires. I had put Vredestein Quatrac 5 on my Cruze (an all season tire too), and they were less loud and quite comparable on the snow. In 3 years I will get a set.

For a CVT transmission I'm impressed; it doesn't feel as smooth as a conventional transmission, but if it gives such a good fuel economy, I can surely live with it. I'm not a heavy foot and I stay within the speed limit.

24th Apr 2019, 18:41

The owner:

I'm reaching 10 000 km, and the best thing so far is the fuel economy; my latest fill up gave me a 5,76 l/100km; the ambient temperature was around 6 degree Celsius. This is better than my 2006 Jetta diesel, my 2011 Jetta diesel and my 2014 Cruze diesel. I'm very impressed, the engine is very smooth, especially at 100 km/h it runs around 1750 RPM. So the car is very enjoyable on long trips; the lane keeping assistance is awesome for a car that price.

2011 Kia Forte SX Hatchback 2.4 gas from North America

Summary:

I got less than I paid for...

Faults:

Rattles around the sunroof.

Rattles in the rear hatch area.

Rattles in the front end.

Transmission is very slow to engage reverse.

Backup camera was replaced at 12000 miles.

Did I mention rattles?

General Comments:

I purchased this car as a 'commuter' and was not expecting Mercedes levels of quiet, comfort, or performance, but I didn't expect it to rattle like a 10 year old dump truck after only 12,000 miles. The dealer, conveniently, could not replicate the noises (odd, since they were quite obvious just pulling out of the service department parking lot).

Transmission is slow to engage in reverse when cold

Back-up camera, radio, nav - all functions on the in-dash screen are extremely slow to engage. I'm half-way out of my drive before the review camera comes on.

Gritty engine. Reasonably quick and economical, but it will never win awards for smoothness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th February, 2013