We don’t know too many buyers who wouldn’t mind affording a cheap, enthusiast-focused car that can’t be considered a sports car, but a sports car. Something that is driven daily and puts a smile on your face. Take the Kia Stinger GT, for example: it’s a reasonably priced and thrilling car. The 2022 Kia Forte GT just isn’t as good, but it’s also not as expensive as the Stinger.
The human psyche is that it’s nearly impossible to find a car that’s cheap to buy, fast enough to make you feel like you’ve earned it, and with a well-built cabin that oozes good quality materials. Companies like KIA listen to customers and respond to their needs by offering a compact sedan that handles well, has good throttle response and won’t start arguments with your significant other about finances!
Fun-to-drive cars don’t have to be expensive, or so Kia would like you to believe, and the Forte ‘GT’, its premium variant of this compact sedan, is one such car. It sits comfortably across Kia’s GT model range – and with a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, developing 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, a sports exhaust system, suspension sport stiffer and 18-inch alloys, curious neighbors will peek out of their living room windows.
Hear the dual exhaust pipes—it’s one of the best stock setups you’ll hear popping and cracking, and as soon as customers start the car at the dealership, they’ll be signing the paperwork soon after. That’s how sporty it sounds. This is also a point that will keep buyers away from the standard Forte. You can even upgrade to Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires for an extra $1,000. The Kia Forte GT is the quicker version of the humble Forte you’ve been looking for all along, and it’s not just about sport; this car is spacious, fuel efficient and packed with features.
Kia Forte GT design is clean, sporty and compact
If there’s one thing Kia can never go wrong with, it’s the styling of its cars – and no one can say that starts with an MSRP under $20,000. Sharp lines and angular surfaces suggest higher prices, but that’s not the case. The headlights look sharp, the tiger nose grille is here to stay for a while and the bumpers front and rear don’t look like optional body kit accessories. The Forte GT feels wider than the standard Forte, and stance is remarkably accurate.
The spoiler on the trunk gives it a sporty look from the rear; the taillights look simpler than the headlights, but the rear bumper won’t let you notice it’s dull, thanks to the red accents, lookalike air intakes and dual exhausts. The side profile is pleasing to the eye and the 17-inch dark metallic gray alloy wheels complete the look. Anyone considering the Toyota Corolla Apex sedan might want to look this way.
2022 Kia Forte GT interior: sporty and feature-rich
Lots of sporty elements will excite you as soon as you step in, like metal pedal covers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, contrast stitching, and more. The design may be Korean, but the build looks German.
The armrests have soft padding, and while other newer cars could improve on it in some ways, there’s no denying that the Forte GT comes with a premium-looking cabin. Customers who upgrade to the $2,200 GT2 package get all the comfort and convenience features that make the cabin a more fun place.
The GT2 package also includes an electric parking brake, heated and ventilated front seats, rear parking sensors, electric sunroof, 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, synthetic leather seats with GT logos, forward collision avoidance, highway driving aid and parcel.
For those who would like the manual variant of the GT, however, you’re going to miss all of the above. Standard features include a 10.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, dual climate control, keyless entry, and more. No need to sit inside your Forte GT to hear the exhaust; just stand outside and use the remote start function!
2022 Kia Forte GT: a frenzied compact sedan
This, like most Kia GT models, is full of life the moment you put the pedal to the metal. It’s claimed to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.4, and that’s not bad at all, considering the segment it fits into. You’ll never crave more power unless you want more.
The dual-clutch automatic is said to be quick – and most of us would buy the Forte GT for its, *er*, forte, which is to handle brilliantly. Stop-and-go traffic can reveal the other side of the gearbox, and the stiff suspension isn’t very inviting to people sitting in the back. But as long as you love the way it looks and outrun your envious neighbor, the Forte GT will always please you!