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2010 Kia Forte Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Kia Forte was new.


Interior: 8.7

The interior of the Kia Forte is generally seen as being ahead of the curve. It offers a number of standard features, like satellite radio, that are either available as options or aren't available at all on competitors. It also has plenty of trunk space, so you'll have no problem getting where you need to go with whatever you need to bring. 

  • "Kia's new compact-car contender boasts ample-for-the-class passenger and cargo space, along with a generous list of standard comfort, convenience, and safety features." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The overall cabin design is pleasing, and the build quality is very good." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "In the cabin, the Forte leads its class in several categories, most notably its 14.7 cu-ft of cargo volume, which can be expanded greatly if you fold down the 60/40 split rear seats (optional on the LX)." -- Motor Trend
  • "Fit and finish on our Forte EX was excellent. Interior ergonomics -- ease of sight and ease of use of gauges and controls -- were better than those found in many rival cars. That's 'better' as in 'better' as opposed to 'better for the money.'" -- The Washington Post


Reviewers say the front seats in both the Forte coupe and sedan are very comfortable, with optional seat warmers and leather upholstery. On the other hand, while the back seat is comfortable for most adults, it's probably best that you keep the head-count to two.

  • "Front seats are generously bolstered, while the rear seats are what you'd expect in a compact coupe; roomy enough to carry two adults (Kia classifies it as a three-passenger rear) only on short trips." -- Motor Trend
  • "Kia touts the Forte as one of the roomiest compact sedans on the market, but in our initial testing we found that rear legroom is nonetheless a little tight for those with longer legs." -- Edmunds
  • "In our time with the Forte, we didn't find much to complain about inside, but the optional leather seats that are available in the EX and SX models we sampled proved to be somewhat stiff and lacking in support. If it were our money, we would stick with the cloth buckets." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

As is the case with many Kia models, the Forte is jam-packed with standards like iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. The features require little, if any, tech-savvy to learn quickly.

  • "This has to be one of the most loaded small cars on the planet." -- The Detroit News
  • "Inside the Forte, the plastics, fabrics and carpets are as good as or better than those found in competing cars." -- About.com
  • "Unfortunately, a tilt and telescopic steering column is available only on the SX model; LX and EX models offer only a tilt column, making it more difficult for some drivers to tailor an ideal driving position." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The red mood lighting around the door-mounted woofers however (which can be set to pulse with the beat of the music or, thankfully, turned off entirely) was a bit much. But then again, we're not 20 anymore." -- Popular Mechanics


Reviewers are fairly consistent in their love for the Kia Forte's trunk space. With one of the most expansive cargo spaces in the class, there is plenty of room to fit whatever the driver might need to carry.

  • "Its trunk is cavernous, with 14.7 cubic feet of cargo volume that can be further extended by lowering the split-folding rear seats." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The relatively roomy trunk has a helpfully large aperture, though the uncovered sickle-shaped hinges can intrude slightly on cargo space." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk provides 14.7 cubic feet of space, which is enough room to put more than four golf bags back there. On one stop, I climbed into the trunk and estimated that I could fit at least two more of me -- I'm 6 feet tall -- back there." -- The Detroit News

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