First Drive: 2019 Kia Forte

First Drive: 2019 Kia Forte
Kia Canada President, Kyle Lee, attended the event, accompanied by newly appointed Kia Canada Marketing Director, Michael Kopke. (Photos: Caroline Morneau)

Sportier, safer and more connected than ever, the 5th-generation Kia Forte Sedan was recently introduced to Canadian automotive journalists.

After the official presentation, Kia treated journalists to a first-drive event from Ottawa to Mont-Tremblant, including a stop in Montebello, Quebec. Not only were we able to experience the new Forte Sedan’s stellar comfort and handling, impressive fuel-economy is also part of the new package. Thanks to the first-ever Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) developed by Kia engineers, the new sedan delivers a 17% increase in fuel savings over the 2018 edition, according to Kia., with fuel economy ratings of 5.9 L/100 km highway and 7.7 L/100 km city.

“Fleet customers will benefit from a practical, economical vehicle which is sure to please leasing companies and government agencies,” explains Kia Canada training Director, Réjean Furoy.

On the technology front, the Forte Sedan is marketed as both a connected and safe vehicle, with features including forward collision alert and braking, active lane-keeping assist, and rear-view camera in the $20,995 EX edition. The 2019 model is also available with a self-opening trunk which activates when the driver faces it with intelligent key fob in tow.

The 2019 Kia Forte Sedan starts at $16,495. It is positioned in the very competitive compact sedan segment, contending squarely with the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra.

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The 2019 Kia Forte Sedan, which recently hit Kia showroom floors, was officially introduced to Canadian automotive journalists in October.
The launch also included a first-drive event between Ottawa and Mont-Tremblant, which originated at the Marriott Ottawa.
An 8-inch touchscreen featuring both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included as standard features.
The standard heated steering-wheel also features steering-wheel mounted controls for audio, cruise control and driving info.
Thanks to the first-ever Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) developed by Kia engineers, the new sedan delivers a 17% increase in fuel savings over the 2018 edition, according to Kia officials.
This latest Kia compact sedan offering includes advanced technological safety features. The trunk compartment features new Smart release technology.
The first-drive event included a planned stop at the Château Montebello, where guests were treated to a lunch.
Kia Canada Training Director, Réjean Furoy, and Communications Director, Mark James.
Available in an array of colours, the 2019 Forte Sedan has inherited the styling DNA of the Kia Stinger sports sedan, projecting a younger and sportier image in a more overall, sophisticated package.
The horizontal design of the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan’s instrument panel is both practical and elegant. The cabin also features a nifty centre-console wireless smartphone charging pad.

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