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2018 Kia Forte Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

The 2018 Kia Forte has a quiet interior, even at highway speeds. The cabin looks good, and it features more high-quality materials than you’ll find in some rivals. Both rows of seats are comfortable and fairly roomy, and cargo capacity is good for the class in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The UVO infotainment system is outstanding, and it headlines the available features list.

  • The Forte's cabin certainly isn't opulent, but it seems sturdy and well-assembled." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "The 2017 Kia Forte is much more than just an economy car stuffed with gadgets. Boasting a handsome cabin furnished with quality materials, especially in the higher trim levels, the Forte gives other top compacts a run for their money." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The interior doesn't look much different this year, retaining the logical controls and comfort, plus the whimsy of the passenger-side dash ripples. The soft-touch dash is exemplary of the overall quality of materials inside." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

In hatchback and sedan body styles, the Forte seats five people on cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a ventilated driver’s seat are available.

Both rows of seats are comfortable and have plenty of legroom. Taller occupants may wish that they had a little more headroom, but most adults will be fine wherever they sit. The Forte affords good visibility in all directions for the driver.

The Kia Forte's LATCH car-seat system includes a complete set of upper tethers and lower anchors in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether in the middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to find and identify. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat, but it doesn’t take much force to attach car seat straps to them.

  • "The Forte's seats are well padded, and the available seat cooling is a standout feature for the class. Even the rear seats are comfortable. Sound insulation is good, with little wind noise but more noticeable tire noise." -- Edmunds
  • Passengers will find good leg- and headroom-indeed, the leg space for rear-seat passengers is a nice surprise. A minor floor hump makes it possible for a third adult to occupy the middle of the back seat, at least for a little while. Driver vision to the front and sides is pretty good but suffers some at the rear corners." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • The 2017 Kia Forte offers decent room for four adults front and rear, though headroom in the rear will be tight for taller adults – a result of the rakish roofline that reduces aerodynamic drag." -- The Car Connection (2017)

Interior Features

The Forte comes standard with Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and a USB port. Available features include a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane change assist, forward collision warning, and the UVO infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Like many compacts, the Forte doesn’t have a ton of standard features. However, the features it offers are easy to use. The UVO infotainment system is one of the best around. The touch screen’s buttons are large and readable, and the system’s interface is intuitive. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can easily sync your smartphone.

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  • "And we continue to view Kia's infotainment system as among the best and most intuitive in the business." -- The Car Connection (2017)
  • "The audio system – now with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility – is easy to set and use (station tuning is via an external knob), and other screen-based functions show up well for quick access. The three climate-control dials are simplicity itself." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "In addition, the Forte's high-tech features are well-designed and easy to use. The 7-inch touchscreen interface, with large, logically positioned virtual buttons, is one of the better examples of this technology." -- Edmunds (2017)

Cargo

The Kia Forte sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for a compact car. The hatchback model has 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seats and 56.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Those, too, are generous totals for a compact hatchback. To help out when hauling cargo, the rear seats fold nearly flat for maximum storage space. The wide trunk opening also makes it simple to load cargo.

  • "The Forte sedan's trunk is among the biggest in its class." -- Edmunds
  • "As for trunk space, the Forte's 14.9 cubic feet beats almost all competitors. The trunk lid's cut wide, for easy loading, and the rear seats fold down, almost flat, when needed." -- The Car Connection (2017)
  • The trunk floor is flat but not overwhelmingly large, and it narrows somewhat between the wheelhouses, but there's still room for several pieces of luggage or plenty of groceries." -- Consumer Guide (2017)

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