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2014 KIA Forte test luxury features in a compact

The all-new redesigned 2014 KIA made its debut at the LA Auto and this week we were enough to get up close and personal the new driving machine for the KIA First event. With tons of new not seen before in the compact segment, new trim options, a design and new FlexSteer handling this car surely brings and luxury prowess to the price Read on for details on their UVO system and more from our hand experience below.

a revamped design and powertrain, new and engine options, the improved UVO system and much much the 2014 Kia Forte is poised to on the Ford Focus, Honda and even the Toyota Corolla. The LX model is powered by a 1.8-liter engine rated at 148 horsepower and to bring fuel-efficiency direct to Then their EX model now a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated 173 horsepower. There is plenty to the new Forte than just so lets take a look.

the 2014 Forte you’ll get a European-inspired design which was at the KIA Design Center in California, and you can see pieces of their elegant shining through the cracks. lower to the ground than the slightly wider with a new powertrain, and is a dramatic departure the previous model. KIA hopes to this particular market a completely new level of sophistication and our initial impressions they’ve just that.

At first you’ll quickly notice the lines, smooth corners, and LED infused headlights and taillights. a wrap-around design to keep the clean and simple (not to aerodynamic) you can quickly see all the effort the design crew put into the Forte. Offering an all-new that is lower, wider and than the previous generation, and handling certainly was improved and — in a good way. power steering replaces but that’s where their new technology comes into Quickly tap the FlexSteer option right on the steering wheel and be able to drive casually, or and rip the road and curves. Using power steering the weight instantly change and driving are Normal, Casual, and Sport. We the Normal setting to be honest, but can see the

While the front has a unique that almost looks bug eyes, it’s still on the eyes and looks quite As mentioned above you can certainly see the cues from the Optima a car we can all agree is gorgeous. They’ve in new 17-inch sport wheels to the EX and all of this starts at just in Q1 of 2013. Enjoy the gallery of this stunning little Sedan.


When we a new level of prowess and sophistication to size and price class, a lot of stems from the interior. KIA to offer everything that we from higher-priced cars, for their Forte. They out all the stops, didn’t hold and treated the Forte to the same as others in the recent past. talk more on the UVO infotainment below, but for now will focus on the as a whole.

Even the entry-level LX model all the features and functions we’ve to love in our cars. The Steering-wheel become your cockpit and nearly everything. From controls, their digital options (including navigation between the speedometers) and more. you obviously get Bluetooth, satellite options, power windows and and even powered mirrors. the mirrors and the seats are heated although not in the base model. On the EX enjoy both heated, and seats. That was nice and while driving around in the desert, and surely will all summer long.

Increasing to the EX (around $18k and up) brings you improved and also revamped UVO system with backup keyless entry and keyless and the same cooling features for the to the glovebox. Did we mention they their awesome leather with seamless designs and to the Forte too?

Some of the options include 17-inch rims over the 16’s, HID power sunroof, ventilated dual climate control, rear seats (bottom) and a heated steering wheel. added illuminating door with proximity sensors That was neat. Another is their 4.2-inch TFT display the meter cluster as mentioned That was a nice change. navigation in the meter cluster the larger 7-inch display to playing tunes and showing artwork for the rest of the passengers.

The complaint I’d have for the would be the 10 degree angle on the LCD display and UVO infotainment system. this is angled to bring an experience to the driver, those in the seat don’t get the best While it was a minor issue the also brought some sun glare direct to the passengers at times. Something we could do without. More on the infotainment below.

Overall the new and improved trim leather interior and leather steering wheel, and all the other mentioned above certainly the KIA Forte a real contender for the Getting some of these (and needed) features all for $18,000 sounds pretty if you ask us. The dash plastics of old have replaced with an elegant and carbon fiber-esque look, and the was wrapped in premium leather for luxury feel.

Engine and

As we mentioned above the 2014 now comes in two trims. One for the budget-minded who wants luxury and fuel-efficiency, as as the higher end EX for the sporty and high-end The base LX model is powered by a four-cylinder engine rated at 148 geared for fuel-efficiency and ease of Then their EX model now a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated 173 horsepower. We enjoyed the fully EX complete with all the bells and There’s also an optional Eco which adds in “Idle, Go” (ISG) or Kia’s version of automatic engine control. the break at a stoplight and the engine starts up again and you’re without even noticing.

We an upwards of 37 MPG on the curved highway of the Scottsdale desert at times, but around corners and cranking up 2.0-liter 173 horsepower engine lowered our results. Gripping the was actually better than and the FlexSteer option proved its by quickly tapping the steering button transporting the car into mode. The new powertrain seemed given the price, but we’re no here. The entire car felt stiff, and low to the ground and handling was around turns.

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The previous generation was criticized for its performance, but with the 2014 EX you certainly won’t have issue. While the speedo up to 170 (which means nothing), we weren’t able to test limits. Again we want to luxury, because KIA wants to a near-luxury experience with ride. The in-car noise the road was rather quiet at high RPMs and flying the desert, and we were quite with overall cabin Something you’d expect a luxury vehicle is nicely with the Forte.

UVO Infotainment

Being tech and gadget here at SlashGear, this was one of our parts. Having an awesome TFT touchscreen for all the controls you’d want (and need) all in the entry-level model — we extremely happy to try it out. KIA has a second-gen UVO infotainment system by Microsoft, but sadly it doesn’t with Windows Phone, or Well it does, but their app and 10 year/100,000 miles free UVO doesn’t. An Android version is in the but for now it only supports iOS.

that doesn’t mean all don’t work. The UVO infotainment easily paired with our Android Phone, and even a for hands-free calling, streaming and Pandora radio, and much Using the wired USB 2.0 port we able to enjoy Album from iTunes, as well as playing Google Music on Bluetooth pairing was simple on all and really shows their to detail and the future. Call instantly populate on the display and our Playlists neatly appear

The UVO system uses an extremely user interface. Some are too and try to be too fancy, that wasn’t the here. With dedicated Maps, Navigation and other buttons below the display for of use it allowed the actual screen to be and clutter free. Navigation was a and as we mentioned earlier this KIA has partnered with Google You can send the map from your PC or right to the car with ease a trip. Making the get in and go term more useful for roadtrips. that Galaxy S III to the car and you’ll be tunes on the 7-inch display, following navigation on the optional TFT meter cluster display we above.

It’s not just providing technology in their it’s delivering technology makes sense. — KIA VP of

The above quote is pretty the easiest way to sum up the interior design and UVO system of the new KIA Forte. They just throw in technology and wheel controls to do so, they put in their cars that great, makes sense, and is to use. The fact that I have a single hiccup multiple devices, or needed to a single manual really it earn bonus points in my Hopefully their accompanying app get Android support in the future. worth noting that KIA to bring full Siri for iOS users to their UVO system in an later this year.

Taking the all-new 2014 KIA through the old Copper mining of Arizona and through the winding of the Tonto National Forest full of Cactus) we certainly impressed overall with the KIA certainly deserves bonus from potential buyers for the of price, performance, technology and it has managed to blend into the new The new and improved model for 2014 undoubtedly outpace its predecessor, and likely the competition too.

At the end of the day KIA has a beautiful car that’s loaded goodies all for a great price. We get to a great audio system is deeply integrated into our lives, spacious interior for a sedan and luxury options expect on a higher priced Add in the new trim options and powerful engine and KIA has a winner here. time will tell how it up against the competition, but expect to see the 2014 KIA Forte hit the roads month.

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