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Kia’s Hot Hatch Combines European-Influenced Styling and Performance with Five-door Convenience and Practicality

Carrying over into 2016, the Forte5’s stunning European-inspired hatchback design continues to deliver a wealth of technology, safety and performance features in the five-door version of its award-winning sedan sibling.

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

Previously available in two trim levels, the 2016 Forte5 is now offered in three trims – LX, EX and SX – with two different engine choices. The new Forte5 LX and EX comes with a 2.0-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine, while the sportier SX trim offers a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder. The SX comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is available.

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

In keeping with Kia’s reputation for tremendous value, the Forte5 presents an impressive assortment of amenities, technology, and performance. The new LX model comes standard with cruise control, keyless entry with remote trunk release, 16-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio1, Bluetooth® wireless technology2. Power windows, air conditioning and power heated outside mirrors are among the many features that make the Forte5 a leader in its segment.

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

The 2016 Forte5 rides on a MacPherson strut front suspension, and FlexSteer®, standard on the EX and SX trims, puts the driver in control with settings for Comfort, Normal and Sport, which vary steering effort at the touch of a steering wheel-mounted button3.

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

The EX trim adds additional standard features including a new 4.3-inch Rear Camera Display4, 17-inch wheels, LED positioning lights, power folding outside mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Features found in the optional Premium Technology Package include heated front seats, leather seat trim, power sunroof, push-button start with Smart Key, LED taillights, navigation4 with HD RadioTM5.

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

Also new this year is a Premium Tech Package that includes two-way power adjustable heated driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and dual-zone automatic temperature control with center console rear vents. The sporty SX trim comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, larger front brake rotors, LED taillights, sport front and rear bumpers, dual exhaust, push-button start with Smart Key, UVO eServices Telematics, and metal pedals.

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

 

Conceived under the watchful eye of Kia’s global chief of design Peter Schreyer, the Forte5’s sophisticated hatchback profile, large wheels and aggressive posture give it a distinctly European appearance that speaks to its performance intentions. The chiseled body commands attention and continues Kia’s tradition as a design leader in the industry.

What’s New

  • New LX trim
  • Add Remote Keyless Entry standard on LX trim
  • New Audio 3.0B
  • Rear-camera display in LX, EX and SX
  • Forte5 EX gets 17” alloy wheels

Specifications

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors



LXEXSX
Engine
Type/layout
2.0L I-4, DOHC gasoline direct injection (GDI)
2.0L I-4, DOHC gasoline direct injection (GDI)
1.6L I-4, turbocharged DOHC gasoline direct injection (GDI)
Horsepower
173 hp @ 6,500 rpm (ULEV-II)
173 hp @ 6,500 rpm (ULEV-II)
201 hp @ 6,000 rpm (ULEV-II)
Torque
154 lb.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm (ULEV-II)
154 lb.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm (ULEV-II)
195 lb.-ft. @ 1,750-4,500 rpm (ULEV-II)
Engine material
Aluminum block and head
Aluminum block and head
Aluminum block and head
Valve System
DOHC D-CVVT 16V/V
DOHC D-CVVT 16V/V
DOHC D-CVVT 16V/V
Displacement (cc)
1,999 cc
1,999 cc
1,591 cc
Bore x stroke (mm)
81.0 x 97.0
81.0 x 97.0
77.0 x 85.0
Compression ratio
11.5:1
11.5:1
9.5:1
Fuel System
GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection)
GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection)
GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection)
Fuel Requirement
Regular unleaded (87 Octane or higher)
Regular unleaded (87 Octane or higher)
Regular unleaded (87 Octane or higher)
Cooling System
Water cooled circulation, centrifugal
Water cooled circulation, centrifugal
Water cooled circulation, centrifugal
Emission Control System
Gasoline Unleaded Fuel, SULEV : WCC+UCC(GDI), ULEV-II : CCC(GDI)
Gasoline Unleaded Fuel, SULEV : WCC+UCC(GDI), ULEV-II : CCC(GDI)
Gasoline Unleaded Fuel, ULEV-II : WCC+UCC(GDI)
Lubrication System
Mechanical gear type oil pump
Mechanical gear type oil pump
Mechanical gear type oil pump
Fuel tank capacity (gal.)
13.2 gallons
13.2 gallons
13.2 gallons
Electrical System
Battery (AH)
68AH
68AH
60AH
Alternator (Amps)
90A
90A
110A
Starter
1.2 KW
1.2 KW
0.9 KW
Drivetrain
Transmission Gear Ratios: 6-speed manual transmission
-
-
-
First
-
-
3.308:1
Second
-
-
1.962:1
Third
-
-
1.323:1
Fourth
-
-
1.024:1
Fifth
-
-
0.825:1
Sixth
-
-
0.702:1
Reverse
-
-
3.583:1
Final gear ratio
-
-
4.467:1
Transmission Gear Ratios: 6-speed automatic transmission
-
-
-
First
4.212:1
4.212:1
4.639:1
Second
2.637:1
2.637:1
2.826:1
Third
1.800:1
1.800:1
1.841:1
Fourth
1.386:1
1.386:1
1.386:1
Fifth
1.000:1
1.000:1
1.000:1
Sixth
0.772:1
0.772:1
0.772:1
Reverse
3.385:1
3.385:1
3.385:1
Final gear ratio
3.064:1
3.064:1
3.648:1
Layout/drive
Front engine / FWD
Front engine / FWD
Front engine / FWD
Exterior Dimensions
Length (in.)
171.3 in.
171.3 in.
171.3 in.
Width (in.)
70.1 in.
70.1 in.
70.1 in.
Height (in.)
57.1 in.
57.1 in.
57.1 in.
Wheelbase (in.)
106.3 in.
106.3 in.
106.3 in.
Track (in.), (front/rear)
61.1 in./61.6 in. (16" Steel) / 61.2 in./61.7 in. (16" Alloy)
61.3 in./61.3 in.
60.8 in./61.3 in.
Overhang (in.), (front/rear)
34.6 in./30.3 in.
34.6 in./30.3 in.
34.6 in./30.3 in.
Min. ground clearance (in.)
5.5 in.
5.5 in.
5.5 in.
Approach Angle (degree)
15.2
15.2
15.2
Departure Angle (degree)
25.1
25.1
25.1
Interior Dimensions
Seating capacity
5 passenger
5 passenger
5 passenger
Leg room, front/rear (in.)
42.2 in./ 35.9 in.
42.2 in./ 35.9 in.
42.2 in./ 35.9 in.
Head room, front/rear (in.)
39.4 in./ 38.7 in.
39.4 in./ 38.7 in.
39.4 in./ 38.7 in.
Shoulder room, front/rear (in.)
56.1 in./ 54.9 in.
56.1 in./ 54.9 in.
56.1 in./ 54.9 in.
Hip room, front/rear (in.)
53.8 in./ 53.1 in.
53.8 in./ 53.1 in.
53.8 in./ 53.1 in.
Interior Luggage capacity, without sunroof (cu. ft.)
98.2 cu. ft.
98.2 cu. ft.
98.2 cu. ft.
Interior Luggage capacity, with sunroof (cu. ft.)
-
96.8 cu. ft.
96.8 cu. ft.
Cargo capacity, rear seats up (cu. ft.)
23.2 cu. ft.
23.2 cu. ft.
23.2 cu. ft.
Cargo capacity, rear seats folded (cu.ft.)
56.4 cu. ft.
56.4 cu. ft.
56.4 cu. ft.
Chassis/Suspension
Front
McPherson Strut type
McPherson Strut type
McPherson Strut type
Rear
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA)
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA)
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA)
Shock Absorber Type
Monotube (Mando)
Monotube (Mando)
Monotube (Mando)
Construction
Unibody
Unibody
Unibody
Steering
Type / Power source
Rack and Pinion / Electric motor
Rack and Pinion / Electric motor
Rack and Pinion / Electric motor
Turns, lock-to-lock
2.96
2.96
2.85
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft.)
34.8
34.8
34.8
Steering ratio
15.7:1
15.7:1
15.1:1
Brakes
Type front/rear
Vented disc / Solid disc
Vented disc / solid disc
Vented disc / Solid disc
Size (in.) front/rear
11.0 in. / 10.3 in.
11.0 in. / 10.3 in.
11.8 in. / 10.3 in.
Wheels/Tires
Wheel size (in.)
6.5J x 16
6.5J x 17
7.5J x 18
Tire size
P205/55R16
P215/45R17
P225/40R18
Spare Tire
Tire Mending Kit (TMK)
Tire Mending Kit (TMK)
Tire Mending Kit (TMK)
Curb Weights
Manual transmission (min/max)
-
-
2970/3067
Automatic transmission (min/max)
2912/3045
2912/3045
3025/3122
GVWR
Manual transmission (lbs.)
-
-
3,990
Automatic transmission (lbs.)
3,968
3,968
4,057
Estimated Fuel Economy
Manual transmission, city/highway/combined (mpg)
-
-
21 / 29 / 24
Automatic transmission, city/highway/combined (mpg)
25 / 33 / 28
25 / 33 / 28
21 / 29 / 24

Features & Options

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors



LXEXSX
Engine
Type/layout
2.0L I-4, DOHC gasoline direct injection (GDI)
2.0L I-4, DOHC gasoline direct injection (GDI)
1.6L I-4, turbocharged DOHC gasoline direct injection (GDI)
Horsepower
173 hp @ 6,500 rpm (ULEV-II)
173 hp @ 6,500 rpm (ULEV-II)
201 hp @ 6,000 rpm (ULEV-II)
Torque
154 lb.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm (ULEV-II)
154 lb.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm (ULEV-II)
195 lb.-ft. @ 1,750-4,500 rpm (ULEV-II)
Engine material
Aluminum block and head
Aluminum block and head
Aluminum block and head
Valve System
DOHC D-CVVT 16V/V
DOHC D-CVVT 16V/V
DOHC D-CVVT 16V/V
Displacement (cc)
1,999 cc
1,999 cc
1,591 cc
Bore x stroke (mm)
81.0 x 97.0
81.0 x 97.0
77.0 x 85.0
Compression ratio
11.5:1
11.5:1
9.5:1
Fuel System
GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection)
GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection)
GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection)
Fuel Requirement
Regular unleaded (87 Octane or higher)
Regular unleaded (87 Octane or higher)
Regular unleaded (87 Octane or higher)
Cooling System
Water cooled circulation, centrifugal
Water cooled circulation, centrifugal
Water cooled circulation, centrifugal
Emission Control System
Gasoline Unleaded Fuel, SULEV : WCC+UCC(GDI), ULEV-II : CCC(GDI)
Gasoline Unleaded Fuel, SULEV : WCC+UCC(GDI), ULEV-II : CCC(GDI)
Gasoline Unleaded Fuel, ULEV-II : WCC+UCC(GDI)
Lubrication System
Mechanical gear type oil pump
Mechanical gear type oil pump
Mechanical gear type oil pump
Fuel tank capacity (gal.)
13.2 gallons
13.2 gallons
13.2 gallons
Electrical System
Battery (AH)
68AH
68AH
60AH
Alternator (Amps)
90A
90A
110A
Starter
1.2 KW
1.2 KW
0.9 KW
Drivetrain
Transmission Gear Ratios: 6-speed manual transmission
-
-
-
First
-
-
3.308:1
Second
-
-
1.962:1
Third
-
-
1.323:1
Fourth
-
-
1.024:1
Fifth
-
-
0.825:1
Sixth
-
-
0.702:1
Reverse
-
-
3.583:1
Final gear ratio
-
-
4.467:1
Transmission Gear Ratios: 6-speed automatic transmission
-
-
-
First
4.212:1
4.212:1
4.639:1
Second
2.637:1
2.637:1
2.826:1
Third
1.800:1
1.800:1
1.841:1
Fourth
1.386:1
1.386:1
1.386:1
Fifth
1.000:1
1.000:1
1.000:1
Sixth
0.772:1
0.772:1
0.772:1
Reverse
3.385:1
3.385:1
3.385:1
Final gear ratio
3.064:1
3.064:1
3.648:1
Layout/drive
Front engine / FWD
Front engine / FWD
Front engine / FWD
Exterior Dimensions
Length (in.)
171.3 in.
171.3 in.
171.3 in.
Width (in.)
70.1 in.
70.1 in.
70.1 in.
Height (in.)
57.1 in.
57.1 in.
57.1 in.
Wheelbase (in.)
106.3 in.
106.3 in.
106.3 in.
Track (in.), (front/rear)
61.1 in./61.6 in. (16" Steel) / 61.2 in./61.7 in. (16" Alloy)
61.3 in./61.3 in.
60.8 in./61.3 in.
Overhang (in.), (front/rear)
34.6 in./30.3 in.
34.6 in./30.3 in.
34.6 in./30.3 in.
Min. ground clearance (in.)
5.5 in.
5.5 in.
5.5 in.
Approach Angle (degree)
15.2
15.2
15.2
Departure Angle (degree)
25.1
25.1
25.1
Interior Dimensions
Seating capacity
5 passenger
5 passenger
5 passenger
Leg room, front/rear (in.)
42.2 in./ 35.9 in.
42.2 in./ 35.9 in.
42.2 in./ 35.9 in.
Head room, front/rear (in.)
39.4 in./ 38.7 in.
39.4 in./ 38.7 in.
39.4 in./ 38.7 in.
Shoulder room, front/rear (in.)
56.1 in./ 54.9 in.
56.1 in./ 54.9 in.
56.1 in./ 54.9 in.
Hip room, front/rear (in.)
53.8 in./ 53.1 in.
53.8 in./ 53.1 in.
53.8 in./ 53.1 in.
Interior Luggage capacity, without sunroof (cu. ft.)
98.2 cu. ft.
98.2 cu. ft.
98.2 cu. ft.
Interior Luggage capacity, with sunroof (cu. ft.)
-
96.8 cu. ft.
96.8 cu. ft.
Cargo capacity, rear seats up (cu. ft.)
23.2 cu. ft.
23.2 cu. ft.
23.2 cu. ft.
Cargo capacity, rear seats folded (cu.ft.)
56.4 cu. ft.
56.4 cu. ft.
56.4 cu. ft.
Chassis/Suspension
Front
McPherson Strut type
McPherson Strut type
McPherson Strut type
Rear
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA)
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA)
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA)
Shock Absorber Type
Monotube (Mando)
Monotube (Mando)
Monotube (Mando)
Construction
Unibody
Unibody
Unibody
Steering
Type / Power source
Rack and Pinion / Electric motor
Rack and Pinion / Electric motor
Rack and Pinion / Electric motor
Turns, lock-to-lock
2.96
2.96
2.85
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft.)
34.8
34.8
34.8
Steering ratio
15.7:1
15.7:1
15.1:1
Brakes
Type front/rear
Vented disc / Solid disc
Vented disc / solid disc
Vented disc / Solid disc
Size (in.) front/rear
11.0 in. / 10.3 in.
11.0 in. / 10.3 in.
11.8 in. / 10.3 in.
Wheels/Tires
Wheel size (in.)
6.5J x 16
6.5J x 17
7.5J x 18
Tire size
P205/55R16
P215/45R17
P225/40R18
Spare Tire
Tire Mending Kit (TMK)
Tire Mending Kit (TMK)
Tire Mending Kit (TMK)
Curb Weights
Manual transmission (min/max)
-
-
2970/3067
Automatic transmission (min/max)
2912/3045
2912/3045
3025/3122
GVWR
Manual transmission (lbs.)
-
-
3,990
Automatic transmission (lbs.)
3,968
3,968
4,057
Estimated Fuel Economy
Manual transmission, city/highway/combined (mpg)
-
-
21 / 29 / 24
Automatic transmission, city/highway/combined (mpg)
25 / 33 / 28
25 / 33 / 28
21 / 29 / 24

Pricing

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

2016 Kia Forte5 © Kia Motors

ModelDescriptionMsrp
Forte5 LX2.0L I4 - 6 A/T $18,090.00
Forte5 EX2.0L I4 - 6 A/T $20,390.00
Forte5 SX1.6L I4 T-GDI 6M/T $20,990.00
Forte5 SX1.6L I4 T-GDI 6A/T $21,990.00
3.8 Out of 5
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