Making a compact car feel sporty is actually not an easy task. It can be tough to give an otherwise subdued compact car a healthy dose of adrenaline and agility while maintaining a balanced feel and competitive price tag. Current sport compact cars include the Honda Civic Si, Volkswagen Jetta GLI, Hyundai Elantra Sport, and the Kia Forte GT.
If you’re somewhat into cars, then you’re probably very familiar with the Honda Civic Si, which provides a stellar value considering its performance capabilities. It’s gotten rave reviews for its current generation, so we wanted to see how the Kia Forte GT could actually be better than it. Here are 5 reasons that we were able to find.
Upgraded sound system
The Kia Forte GT is available with an upgraded Harmon Kardon 8-speaker audio system that’s capable of 320-watts. Harmon Kardon is well-renowned for their speaker and sound quality, so it’s great that they partnered up with Kia to provide a better system. Here is a short review:
Lower entry price
The Kia Forte GT starts at $22,490 for the automatic version and $23,090 for the manual. For reference, the Honda Civic Si starts at $25,200, almost $3,000 more than the Kia Forte GT. Let’s face it, value does come down to price, and the Kia cost less.
Yes, manual purists and sports car fans, we know, an automatic transmission is blasphemy. But just think about all the stop-and-go commuters out there that want a sporty car just like the rest of us? In that case, the Kia Forte GT has them covered with a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters.
We’re nitpicking with this one, but the Kia Forte GT does measure in with 15.3 cubic feet of cargo volume while the Civic Si measures in at 14.3. It doesn’t sound like much, but we do need to remember that these are still commuter cars, so cargo volume is still something to consider.
We’re sure that most people are familiar with Kia’s warranty, thanks to advertising. But in case you’re not, the Forte GT is backed by Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Compared to the Civic’s 3-year/36,000 basic and 5-year/60,000 for the powertrain.
It’s all in the details
With a lower starting price, better sound, and an automatic transmission; should you go out and buy a Kia Forte GT? Maybe, but we mainly suggest to try both cars out and judge for yourself. Either way, you’ll get a great value, but if you need to count dollars and cents, then the Kia might have you covered better.