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2016 Kia Forte Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Kia Forte was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

Reviewers write that the 2016 Kia Forte boasts a cabin marked by quality materials and surfaces, which are more pronounced in higher trim levels. The Forte offers a good amount of cargo room when matched with rivals, and all the seats are comfortable and spacious. The Forte has a long list of standard and optional features for the class, auto writers report. They add that its optional touch-screen infotainment system is particularly easy to use.

  • "The 2016 Kia Forte is much more than just an economy car stuffed with gadgets. Boasting a handsome cabin furnished with quality materials in the higher trim levels (EX and SX), the Forte gives premium-brand compacts a run for their money." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2016 Kia Forte interior mixes tech, comfort and even a little whimsy with the ripples on the passenger-side dash. That dash is soft-touch, by the way, an example of the overall quality of materials you'll find inside." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Not only is the exterior styling both sophisticated and sporty (clearly Kia's poaching of ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer is paying dividends), but the interior features design elements and a material quality that are above average in the entry-level compact segment." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Kia Forte comes in sedan, coupe and hatchback body styles, all of which seat five people and have standard cloth upholstery and a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. Available features include upgraded cloth upholstery, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a ventilated driver’s seat and a heated steering wheel.

The Forte has comfortable and roomy front seats that provide a great driving position and excellent outward visibility, critics say. The Forte sedan's rear seats are comfortable for 6-foot-tall adults, according to auto writers. The Koup's rear seats are comfortable for average-sized adults, they add, which is unusual praise for a compact coupe. Reviewers also appreciate the Forte's upscale seating options, such as its heated rear seats.

  • "Seat comfort front and rear in the sedan is very good, and even 6-foot adults should be comfortable sitting in back. The Koup's backseat is also spacious enough for average adults, and reasonably easy to access." -- Edmunds
  • "The comfortable driver's seat is available with heating and cooling, and there's also an available heated steering wheel. The rear seat is roomy for the class, and also offers optional heating for the outboard positions, a rarity at this price point." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… what I like best is the driving position, which combines a relatively low cowl with a squared-up driving position, and you get kind of expansive field of view that you want on the narrow canyon roads out here around Los Angeles." -- Automobile Magazine (2015 Forte5)
  • "There's class-leading legroom up front, and the outboard rear seats are roomy enough to hold average-sized adults." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "… all-around visibility from inside is spectacular, as is front passenger comfort." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Kia Forte include keyless entry, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input and a USB port. Available features include a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio display, navigation with an 8-inch touch screen, Kia's UVO infotainment system, which can connect with your smartphone and use its data connection to provide Internet-based features like Pandora Radio, a six-speaker stereo, push-button start, cruise control, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio and a power sunroof.

Test drivers say the Forte has a generous list of standard and available features for its class. They also note that its available touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly, with large on-screen buttons and an easy iPhone pairing process.

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  • "We're particularly impressed with the level of standard and available equipment. The base LX trim level offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard, while traditionally high-end options such as xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, and selectable steering assist are available." -- Edmunds
  • "The list of standard equipment is comprehensive, including power everything, Bluetooth and more, and upscale options like a ventilated driver's seat and a heated steering wheel add a premium feel." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Kia has invested a lot of time and effort in its UVO infotainment system and it shows. Though the screen is relatively small (as most tend to be in this segment), it is fairly intuitive to navigate. Pairing an iPhone was both fast and easy." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "The EX comes with Kia's UVO touch-screen infotainment system, which is simple to operate thanks to large, easy-to-read on-screen buttons as well as a few redundant hard buttons." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Cargo

Auto writers appreciate that the Forte offers generous cargo space in every body style. The 2016 Kia Forte sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class. The hatchback model has 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is better than the cargo capacity of most hatchbacks. The Koup has 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for a compact coupe. All Forte body styles come standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats to help expand the cargo area. Moreover, critics find the Forte provides a number of nicely sized storage compartments in the cabin.

  • "The Forte sedan offers very generous cargo capacity, with a trunk capacity of 14.9 cubic feet, while the Forte 5 hatchback boasts 23.2 cubic feet with the rear seat up. The Koup provides 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, a strong number for a compact coupe." -- Edmunds
  • "The Kia offers a good amount of rear cargo volume, and the 60/40 split rear folding seats make light Ikea runs a real possibility." -- Motor Trend (2015 Forte5)
  • "The trunk is among the category's roomiest, measuring almost 15 cubic feet, and if that's not enough, there's the Forte5 hatchback and its 23 cubic feet." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Interior small-item storage is pretty good, with a roomy glovebox, handy center-console bin, a covered bin ahead of the shifter, and narrow but long door pockets with bottle holders." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

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