2020 Kia Forte5: A Hot New Hatchback Exclusive to Canada

Source: The Car Guide

Photo: Germain Goyer

Kia introduced the next-generation Forte sedan for 2019. Now, it’s the Forte5 hatchback’s turn to benefit from a complete redesign.

And you know what? We Canadians have access to this five-door model, but it isn’t sold in the U.S. The Car Guide recently flew to Victoria, B.C. to attend the media launch and test drive the new 2020 Kia Forte5.

Naturally Aspirated or Turbocharged

The Forte5 comes standard with a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission that simulates eight conventional gears. It is rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. For the vast majority of drivers, this is ample enough and you won’t get the impression of sitting on a turtle.

In terms of driving dynamics, well, this Kia handles like a typical compact car. It’s no sports car by any stretch, but steering is responsive and the low centre of gravity—lower than your favourite crossover or SUV—makes it fairly agile.

A more athletic GT model is also part of the lineup, though we could only test it in four-door configuration (a separate review is coming up). Under the hood, you will find a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission connects the engine to the front wheels. With this combination, the Korean automaker is taking a shot at the acclaimed Volkswagen Golf GTI/Jetta GLI and Honda Civic Si.

The bad news is that our Forte5 GT is not available with a six-speed manual gearbox. South of the border, the Forte GT sedan offers one and it’s a precious asset for a car with sporty aspirations, even though this type of transmission is nowhere near as popular as it used to be. Kia Canada is leaving the door open, though, so we might get it later.

Generous Cargo Room

The aforementioned Civic and Golf come with a hatchback. Same thing for the Mazda3, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. Naturally, the Kia Forte follows suit.

Aesthetically, the Forte5 is almost a carbon copy of the sedan from the rear doors forward. The only difference is the roofline. Viewed from the side, the car also shares similarities with the late Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, especially in the rear.

A look at the specs reveals that the 2020 Kia Forte5 boasts more cargo room (741 litres) than its main rivals such as the Corolla Hatchback (503 litres), Mazda3 Sport (569 litres) and Civic Hatchback (727 litres).

Neat Interior

A few years ago, you could find higher-quality and better-executed interiors among the competition, but this isn’t the case anymore. Both the sedan and hatchback variants of the new Kia Forte compare favourably to most other compact cars on the market. Only the Golf and Mazda3 stand a cut above.

Sure, the cabin is dark and lacks fancy touches, but the controls are easy to reach, whether on the centre stack or the steering wheel. As for the infotainment system, we found it quite user-friendly. What more could you ask for?

Less Popular Than its Cousin

While the Kia Forte is a great product, it continues to trail the platform-sharing Elantra in terms of car sales. Last year, the former sold 14,399 units across Canada, good enough for 10th place on the charts, while the latter found 41,784 takers and landed in the top 3 overall.

The 2020 Forte5 has an edge with regard to pricing. The base EX model starts at just $22,245. While that’s more than the $17,695 asked for an entry-level Forte LX sedan with manual transmission, buyers get a larger number of standard features and amenities. Meanwhile, the turbocharged Forte5 GT retails from $29,995.

On the other hand, fuel economy is below average with city and highway ratings of 8.6 and 6.0 L/100 km, respectively. The Corolla Hatchback is a lot more efficient (7.5 and 5.8 L/100 km) and the sportier Civic Hatchback boasts more interesting numbers, too (7.7 and 6.0 L/100 km). Maybe Kia engineers should do their homework again.

Kia Motors Ranked Highest Mass Market Brand for Fifth Consecutive

Kia Motors Ranked Highest Mass Market Brand for Fifth Consecutive Year in J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study

Kia Owners Reported Fewest Quality Issues Within the First 90 Days of Ownership Among All Non-Luxury Auto Brands in the U.S.

• Kia’s reported problem levels improved by two points over last year to secure the top spot over all non-luxury automakers and second among all brands, luxury and non-luxury

• Four Kia models included among the top 10 vehicles in the industry, the most of any brand

• The Rio subcompact, Forte compact, Sportage SUV and Sedona minivan each topped their respective segments

(Mississauga, ON) June 19, 2019 –— For the fifth consecutive year, Kia was named the number one non-luxury automotive brand today by J.D. Power in the 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), with a reported 70 problems per 100 vehicles, a two-point improvement over last year’s results.

Kia’s continued success in IQS was led by having four models – Rio, Forte, Sportage and Soul — included among the top 10 vehicles in the industry, the most of any brand. In addition, Kia had segment-topping performances from Rio (Small Car), Forte (Compact Car), Sportage (Small SUV) and Sedona (Minivan).

Kia Motors Ranked Highest Mass Market Brand for Fifth Consecutive Year in J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study

“Ranking as the highest mass market brand in J.D. Power’s U.S. Initial Quality Study for five consecutive years is a tremendous honour for Kia and demonstrates the brand’s established commitment to quality and the customer experience,” said Elias El-Achhab, VP & COO, Kia Canada Inc. “As we celebrate our twentieth year here in Canada, we will continue delivering award-winning vehicles and working to ensure that our customers are getting the industry’s top quality products and unmatched customer experience when they choose Kia over the competition.”

The annual report analyzed responses from 76,256 respondents with regards to 257 vehicle models across 26 segments. Vehicles were evaluated on driving experience, engine and transmission performance and a broad range of quality issues reported by vehicle owners.

2019 Kia Soul EV Wins Vincentric Best Value in Canada Award

June 18, 2019 – Kia Canada Inc. is proud to share that the 8th annual Vincentric Best Value in Canada award winner in the Electric/Plug-In Hybrid segment is the 2019 Kia Soul EV.

“The Kia Soul EV was honoured with its fourth Vincentric Best Value in Canada award in the Electric/Plug-In Hybrid segment,” said Vincentric President, David Wurster.” “Outperforming 10 competitor models, the Soul EV delivered the Best Value in Canada with the lowest maintenance costs, operating costs, and overall lowest total ownership costs in its class.”

The Vincentric Best Value in Canada Awards are model specific honours that determine the best value in each segment. Value is determined using a statistical analysis that incorporates the current market price and total cost of ownership of all 2019 model year vehicles. This is the fourth time that the Kia Soul EV has received this honour.

In addition to Best Value award for Soul EV, it was also recognized as having the Lowest Cost to Own in Canada, as were the Kia Niro (Hybrid SUV/Crossover segment), Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid (Electric/Plug-In Hybrid SUV/Crossover segment) and Kia Sedona (Minivan segment).

“We’re very proud to see the Soul EV recognized again for the high value that it brings to the market,” said Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President, Kia Canada Inc. “Winning for the fourth time is a testament to the efforts that Kia puts into ensuring that all vehicles provide consumers with the power to surprise; and with the new 2020 Kia Soul EV arriving with even more technology and a new long range battery, we’re aiming to win for a fifth time next year.”

Kia Canada has recently become one of the industry’s only brands to offer two distinct electric models – the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV and 2020 Kia Soul EV. Both the 2019 Kia Niro EV and 2020 Kia Soul EV boast real-world design, utility and driving dynamics and are available with a brand new long-range battery that will deliver 383 kilometres of range or more, providing sufficient range for most driving needs.

Kia Canada Announces Pricing for All-New 2020 Kia Telluride SUV

  • Largest Kia ever is a versatile seven or eight seater SUV that provides all the comfort and technology needed for Canadian families looking to explore in style
  • Loaded with safety and convenience technologies to keep life’s most precious
    cargo safe and comfortable through all driving conditions
  • All-Wheel Drive, “Terrain” modes and a potent 3.8-litre GDI V6 delivering 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque enable Telluride to tackle Canada’s more rugged trips

(TORONTO) March 20, 2019: Kia Canada Inc. (KCI) today announced pricing for the 2020 Kia Telluride that will arrive in dealerships this month, ushering in a great new option for Canadian families that work hard and deserve the best of technology, features and style for their active lives. Offered in one engine and three trim levels (EX, SX and SX Limited), the new Kia Telluride will feature a starting MSRP of $44,995.

“Telluride is the ultimate solution for active families that deserve the latest technologies and features all wrapped in a gorgeous interior and exterior design,” said Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada Inc. “Starting at just $44,995 and coming from the brand that continues to lead the industry in quality, the all-new Kia Telluride is here to raise the bar in the SUV segment.”

The MSRP for the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride will be as follows, with further details attached:

  • 2020 Kia Telluride EX AWD: $44,995
  • 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD: $49,995
  • 2020 Kia Telluride SX Limited AWD: $53,995 (arriving later this Spring)

For more information on the Kia Telluride, please visit Kia Canada’s media site at KiaMedia.ca.

About Kia Canada Inc.

Kia Canada Inc. (KCI), established in 1999 and celebrating 20 years in Canada, is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) based in Seoul, South Korea. Kia’s full line of award-winning vehicles offers world-class quality and customer satisfaction through a network of 193 dealers nationwide. The company employs 170 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters, various locations across Canada and at its regional office in Montreal, Quebec. Kia’s brand slogan “The Power to Surprise” represents the company’s global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation. From compact to crossover to industry leading EV’s, every Kia delivers an extraordinary combination of precision engineering, outstanding performance, innovative features, and advanced safety systems. Having sold close to one million vehicles, popular Canadian models include Soul, Sportage, Sorento, Forte – winner of 2019 AJAC Best Small Car and Stinger – winner 2019 AJAC Car of the Year. To learn more about the Kia advantage, visit kia.ca or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Mark James
Corporate Communications Manager
Kia Canada Inc.
T: 905-755-6251; E: mjames@kia.ca

2020 Kia Telluride

Versatile new 8-seater SUV provides all the comfort and technology needed for Canadian families looking to explore in style.

Explore Possibilities Technology Brings.

Take your family on board

  • One touch walk-in sliding seats
  • 6 USB ports
  • Driver Talk
  • Quiet Mode
  • Wind-free Roof Vent

Enjoy the ride

  • 10.25” multimedia interface with integrated navigation
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Autosmartphone integration2,3
  • Drive/Terrain Mode

Drive Safely

  • Highway Drive Assist (HDA)4
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA)4
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)4
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA)5
  • Blind View Monitor4

Kia previews exciting new & award-winning vehicles ahead of Toronto’s Canadian international auto show

• Canada’s 2019 Best Small Car (Kia Forte) and 2019 Best Large Car (Kia Stinger), according to the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)

• 2020 Kia Telluride: Versatile new 8-seater SUV is an all-new name plate making its debut in Canada and provides all the comfort and technology needed for Canadian families looking to explore in style

• 2020 Kia Soul: The next generation of Kia’s iconic, award-winning and beloved urban vehicle, with a passion for music and advanced technology to keep drivers safe and connected

• 2020 Kia Forte5: A perfect fusion of sleek design, sporty performance and practical functionality

• The future of “real-world” all-electric driving with the new 2019 Kia Niro EV and 2020 Kia Soul EV

TORONTO, ON, February 6, 2019 – At an exclusive event last night, Kia previewed the exciting new vehicles consumers will see at the upcoming Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto next week, including the Canadian debut of the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride – a luxurious 8-seater SUV brimming with advanced technology.

Making their provincial debuts were the sporty, all-new 2020 Kia Forte5 hatchback and the super fun, all-new 2020 Kia Soul. Alongside the brand-new vehicles were two vehicles that the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) have voted as Best Small Car and Best Large Car for 2019 – the Kia Forte sedan and Kia Stinger. Both the Forte and Stinger are two of three finalists for the AJAC Overall Car of the Year that will be announced on February 14, 2019.

Kia also proudly showcased it’s all-new pair of electric vehicles – the 2019 Kia Niro EV and the 2020 Kia Soul EV – which will have the range, design and functionality to truly be “real-world” cars. With the introduction of these vehicles, Kia has become one of the only brands to offer two distinct electric vehicles to Canadians looking for an electric alternative to their everyday driving needs.

“With new and exciting vehicles boasting outstanding design and performance and packed with advanced technology, there has never been a better time for Canadians to take a closer look at Kia,” said Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada Inc. “Whether they’re looking for a big luxurious family SUV, a fun, sporty and urban compact or an all-electric option with real-world range, Kia has something new coming this year for everyone!”


About Kia Canada

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca – www.facebook.com/kiacanada ) a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 188 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 160 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada, including a state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. Kia’s brand slogan “The Power to Surprise” represents the company’s global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

Kia Forte and Kia Stinger are Canada’s Best Small Car and Best Large Car for 2019

Montreal, QC – January 17, 2019 – At a presentation today in Montreal, the Kia Forte has been named Best Small Car in Canada for 2019 and the Kia Stinger has been named Best Large Car in Canada for 2019, winning their respective categories as part of the judging for AJAC’s Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year and qualifying them both for the overall awards to be named in February.

Bringing home both mainstream car awards is a huge accomplishment for the brand and a testament to the award-winning design and quality investments that Kia has, and continues to put into its entire lineup of vehicles. For Canadians that have not yet considered a Kia, the awards are yet another reason to look at the brand with the ‘Power to Surprise.’ Both vehicles will be on display at this year’s Canadian auto shows and are currently available in dealerships across the country.

“We’re grateful to all of AJAC’s voting journalists for recognizing the Forte and Stinger as the best cars in their categories” said Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada. “Kia is focused on bringing safe, high-quality vehicles that look great and fit the lives of Canadians so it is a wonderful honour to see that so that many of Canada’s top automotive experts believe that our cars are hitting the target above some great competition in the market.”

Winning their respective categories also means that both the Kia Forte and Kia Stinger are two of five contenders for the AJAC Canadian Car of the Year award that will be presented at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 14.

“It’s a great achievement for a vehicle to win one of AJAC’s coveted Canadian Car of the Year awards, but it’s exceptional for the same automaker to make two award-winning vehicles in the same year,” said Mark Richardson, President, Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. “Congratulations to Kia for the well-deserved success of the Stinger and Forte.”

Kia Canada Adds Stinger 2.0L to Award-Winning Lineup

(TORONTO) May 22, 2018 – Kia Canada Inc. (KCI) today announced that, starting later this summer, the 2019 Kia Stinger will be available in Canadian dealerships with a choice of Kia’s 3.3L Twin-Turbo GDI 6-cylinder engine or Kia’s 2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine. The new 2019 Stinger 2.0L GT-Line AWD will feature many of the same design attributes that has made the 3.3L version the talk of the industry, while providing an opportunity for even more Canadians to get into Kia’s award-winning sports sedan.

“Long before it even arrived in our dealerships, the Stinger was already the industry’s hottest car – and for good reason,” said Ted Lancaster, VP & COO, Kia Canada Inc. “Since its arrival, the overwhelming customer feedback on the 3.3L version has demonstrated that Canadians are ready for a new option in the sports sedan market, so we’re excited to now be adding the 2.0L Stinger to give the old regime an even harder run for their money.”

Pricing for the 2019 Kia Stinger lineup will be announced at a later date. Features of the new Stinger 2.0L GT-Line AWD will include the following and more:

  • 2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine

  • 8-speed Sportmatic AT

  • Idle Stop and Go Technology

  • Drive Mode Select (Eco/Smart/Comfort (Normal)/Sport/Individual)

  • Paddle Shifters; High-Performance Shocks

  • Advanced Front Airbags; Dual Front Side Airbags; Dual Rear Side Airbags; Curtain Airbags; Knee Airbag (Driver)

  • Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Sensors and more advanced safety features

  • 18”Alloy Wheels; Bridgestone Tires

  • Integrated dual exhaust (single twin)

  • LED Bi-Function Headlights; LED Daytime Running Lights; LED Positioning Lights; LED Light Bar Taillights

  • Power Folding and Heated Sideview Mirrors; LED Sideview Mirror Signal Repeaters

  • Leather Interior; LED interior lighting

  • 10-Way Power Driver Seat (/w Lumbar); 8- way Power Passenger Seat(w/lumbar)

  • Heated Front Seats; Heated Steering Wheel

  • Sports Leather Steering Wheel w/ metal accent; Leather Wrapped Gear Shifter

  • 7” Display Audio (/w Rearview Camera)

  • UVO Intelligence Telematics

  • Android Auto / Apple CarPlay; Bluetooth

  • 3.5” Mono TFT Cluster

  • Wireless Cell Phone Charger

How to Prepare Your Finances When You Want a Kia Rio

Purchasing a car can be an exciting endeavor. It feels good to get behind the wheel of a reliable vehicle, especially if it’s one you’ve had your eye on and that comes with the features you need. However, it’s no secret that purchasing a car requires a financial commitment. If you don’t want this transaction to be a burden, make sure you take some financial steps in advance.

Bring Some Cash With You


Though you may not like the thought of parting with a few thousand dollars up front, if you can put down a sizable down payment, it will make it much easier to afford your 2018 Kia Rio 5-door. The more you can put down, the less you’ll pay per month. Also, if you’re right on the threshold of affordability, putting some money down can put you over the edge into a comfortable range.


Pay off Your Debt


You may not be able to eliminate all of your debt, but if you can take care of high-interest items such as credit cards and installment loans, you’re more likely to get a favorable loan when you come to Kia North Bay. The dealer will feel much more comfortable approving your loan if you have few other financial obligations. This will also make your monthly payments more manageable.


Check Your Credit


For some people, this is the most stressful part of shopping for a car. If you have poor credit, not only could you miss out on a good offer on the ideal vehicle, but you could suffer some embarrassment as well. Know where your credit stands before you head to the dealership. Make necessary adjustments to improve your score.


When it’s time to purchase a Kia, follow these steps to put yourself in a good position. The more secure you are financially, the better chance you have of qualifying for the ideal car.