Kia Forte
aka Kia Cerato
Kia Spectra
LPI Hybrid
Forte Koup
Production 2009 - present
Class Compact car/Small Family Car
Body Style 4-door, 5-seat Sedan
2-door, 4-seat Coupe
Length 4530 mm
Width 1775 mm
Height 1460 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Weight 1326 for the 1.6 automatic gearbox
Transmission 5 speed manual gearbox
4 speed automatic
Engine 1.6L , 2.0L, 2.4L petrol engines
Power 124 hp @ 6300 rpm
15.9 kg.m of torque @ 4200 rpm/156hp @6200 RPM, 144lb.-ft. @4300 RPM/ 173hp @6000 RPM, 168 lb.-ft. @4000 RPM
Similar Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla
Mitsubishi Lancer
Hyundai Elantra
Ford Focus
Volkeswagen Jetta
Renault Megan
Designer Peter Schreyer, Kia Chief Design Officer

The Kia Forte, known as the K3 in South Korea, the Forte K3 or Shuma in China and Cerato in South America, Australia, New Zealand and Russia is a compact car manufactured by South Korean automaker Kia since mid-2008, replacing the Kia Cerato/Spectra. It is available in two-door coupe, four-door sedan, five-door hatchback variants. It is not available in Europe, where the similar sized Kia ce'ed is offered (except for Russia and Ukraine, where the Ceed and the Forte are both available).

In some markets, such as Costa Rica, Australia and Brazil, the Forte is marketed as Kia Cerato , replacing its predecessor of the same name. In Colombia and Singapore, the name Cerato Forte was used for the second generation, while Naza Automotive Manufacturing of Malaysia has assembled the vehicle since 2009, selling it there under the name Naza Forte .

Recent Changes[]

  • In Australia, Kia introduced a special edition Cerato
  • A year after the unveiling of the Forte Koup, New York once again played host to the debut of another Forte variant; this time a 5-door hatchback. [1]
  • The 2009 New York Auto Show played host to the unveiling of the Forte Koup, a 2 door coupe of the Forte sedan. [2]

Styles and Major Options[]

Coupe (Koup)[]

The two-door coupe "Forte Koup" was originally unveiled as a concept car in the form of the "Kia Koup" on March 20, 2008 at the New York International Auto Show. The concept sported a twin screw turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter Theta II inline-four engine. The production Forte Koup is badged as the "Kia Cerato Koup" in Australasia, is called the "Kia Shuma" in China, and "Kia Koup" in Chile.


The Forte sedan was designed in Kia's California design studio by Tom Kearns and his team. The Forte two-door ("Koup") was previewed as the "Kia Koup" Concept, and was also designed in Kia's California design studio. The Korean model went on sale on August 22, 2008. The US model was unveiled at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.


The new Forte hatchback five-door debuted at the 2010 New York International Auto Show 2010.

For trim levels for the Kia Cerato, go to Trim levels for the Kia Cerato.


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Engine and Transmission[]

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From Road & Track Road Test Update of Forte Koup SX

  • 0-60 mph: 6.9 sec
  • 0-100 mph: 18.9 sec
  • 1/4 mile: 15.4 sec@ 92.3 mph
  • Top speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)
  • Braking, 60-0 mph: 125 ft.
  • Braking, 80-0 mph: 220 ft.
  • Lateral accel.(200 ft. skidpad): 0.89 g
  • Speed through 700ft. slalom: 67.2 mph

  • From Car and Driver Short Take Road Test: Forte Koup SX
  • Zero to 60 mph: 7.1 sec
  • Zero to 100 mph: 20.3 sec
  • Zero to 120 mph: 32.7 sec
  • Street start, 5–60 mph: 7.8 sec
  • Standing ¼-mile: 15.7 sec @ 91 mph
  • Top speed (governor limited): 132 mph
  • Braking, 70–0 mph: 171 ft
  • Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.89 g


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Forte Sedan

Forte Hatchback

Forte Koup

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Clear White, Bright Silver metallic, Bronze metallic, Titanium metallic, Copperhead metallic, Spicy Red metallic, Corsa Blue metallic, Dark Cherry metallic, Ebony Black, Racing Red

Main Competitors[]

Hybrid Models[]

In South Korea, the Kia Forte is available as a hybrid model dubbed the Forte LPI Hybrid. The green car utilizes a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine fueled by liquefied petroleum gas (propane) and mated to a 20 hp electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission which runs on lithium polymer battery developed by LG Chem and regenerative braking.

Unique Attributes[]

In Australia where the Forte is sold as a Cerato, it produces the most power at 115 kW, has features such as 6 airbags, USB with iPod compatibility, 6 speakers and a warranty of 5 years with unlimited kilometres. It also has a 4 and a half star Green vehicle guide score than all of its competition.



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Forte Koup

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Current Generation: (2010–present)[]

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Fortes sold in Europe and Australia are called a Cerato for their market.

The base model Cerato S for the Australian Domestic Market is $18,990 AUD. The Si costs $19,990 AUD and the top-of-the-range SLi costs $24,390 AUD. Automatics are $2,000 AUD extra and are all driveaway prices.

Design quirks and oddities[]

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See Also[]


Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai | Kia

Current: Sedona · Sorento · Sportage · Rondo · Optima · Rio · Borrego · Forte · Forte Koup · Soul · Cadenza · Ray · K9

Current (Europe and Asia): Picanto · Cee'd · Pro cee'd · Cerato · Venga · Magentis

Historic: Pride · Spectra · Amanti

Concept: KCV-III · KCD-I Slice · Sport · KCV4 Mojave · Soul Concept · Multi-S Crossover · KCD-II · Kue · Cee'd · Pro cee'd · Kia Rondo SX · Ex cee'd Cabrio · KND-4 4x4 · Kee Sports Coupe Concept · Eco cee'd Concept · SOUL Concepts · SOUL Burner Concept · SOUL Diva Concept · SOUL Searcher Concept · Koup Concept · Soul Hybrid Concept · Borrego Limited Concept · SOULster Concept · MPV Concept · №3 Concept · KND-5 Concept · Ray PHEV Concept · Venga EV Concept · POP EV Concept · Sportage Antenna "Work" Concept · Sportage Antenna "Play" Concept · Forte Koup Type R Concept · KV7 Concept

Racing: Forte Koup Grand-Am Koni Challenge

Kia Motors Europe · Doongpung Ywieda Kia · Kia Motors America · Asia Motors, Ltd · Dongfeng Yueda Kia Automobile Company

Kia Corporate website A subsidiary of the Hyundai Motor Company

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