Kia Forte K3 EX 1.6 Review
K3: Scaling a New Peak

Story and Photos by John Toh
21 Jul 2013
 

Introduction

Once upon a time, South Korean cars were seen as cheap (and hence unreliable) alternatives for anyone looking for a family get-around on a budget. For anyone still holding on to such beliefs, probably hasn’t sat in one lately or is a complete brand snob. 

The quality gap between the South Koreans and its Japanese neighbors is closing in really fast. It should start ringing bells in the minds of Mr Honda and Mr Toyota.

The Kia Forte K3, for example, is living proof that South Korean carmakers have progressed leap and bounds. Just to clear the air, this is actually the third and latest generation of Ceratos to hit the market. The first generation was known simply as the Cerato while the outgoing model was known as the Cerato Forte. In fact, the new iteration will still be sold under the Cerato nameplate in most countries.

But a new name certainly befits this latest introduction because it has little in common with the company’s earlier attempts at a family sedan. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1591cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (77 x 85.44)mm
Power 130bhp @ 6300rpm
Torque 157Nm @ 4850rpm
Power to Weight 100.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 195 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4560 x 1780 x 1445) mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1293 kg
Boot Capacity 421 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs