Kia Forte Koup 1.6 Review
Koup-ing well

Story and Photos Raymond Lai
23 Oct 2009
 

For a long time now, the car market had been without an affordable coupe. Things are about to change though thanks to Kia’s new Forte Koup.

Koup de Grace

Kia’s marketing tagline reads ‘The power to surprise’. The Cerato Forte certainly had the power to surprise me when I first drove it earlier this year and I’m sure it was the same for most of you out there, judging by the sheer sales numbers that Kia has garnered since its launch.

Kia is on a roll andnow, it adds a new dimension to the Forte experience with a two-door coupe variant called the Forte Koup. With the Cerato Forte as a good, solid base, the Koup promises to be a rather good car.Incidentally, the Koup is Kia’s first ever two-door coupe model as well.

The Cerato Forte defined a new styling direction for Kia thanks to its ex-Audi design chief Peter Schreyer. There’s a feeling of cohesiveness in the way the Cerato looks – the front short and rear overhangs, and 17-inch alloy wheels on  the higher spec models  give it a sporty stance while the chiseled sides give it some elegance.


The Koup goes one better over the saloon - it is lower and shorter than the saloon. It shares some details with the saloon, like the shape of the front grille and headlamps but it looks more sporty and loads more stylish than the four-door overall. There are sporty details like the blacked out radiator grille, bumper air intakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear diffuser, twin exhaust pipes  and so on but unlike in some other model;s, they don’t look too over-the-top and brash. The steeply raked windscreen and the swoopy roof line further adds to the Koup’s style while the Audi’s influences are very obvious at the rear, especially in the tail lamp design. For the full coupe experience, Kia has even bothered to make the side windows frameless.

Overall, it’s very stylish and elegant with just the right amout of sportiness thrown into the mix.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1591cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (77x85.44)mm
Power 124bhp @ 6300rpm
Torque 156Nm @ 4200rpm
Power to Weight 92.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 10.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 190 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4480 x 1765 x 1400) mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Kerb Weight 1345 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 52 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs