It’s been a little while since we heard anything about the 2020 Kia Forte GT. Okay, it’s been a long while, seeing as how the last time we heard anything about this new sporty compact car was during its debut at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. That was all the way back in November of 2018, and we learned a lot about the Forte GT and the new GT-line by Kia Motors. Now we got the final bits of information everyone’s been waiting on – the price.
Why wait? The 2020 Kia Forte has a starting MSRP of $23,215 (plus destination). Bit of an odd number, but hey, that’s a very affordable price for a vehicle straight from the new GT-line. This compact-turned-performance car comes with a 1.6-liter turbo-four cylinder under the hood, generating 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The engine is tied to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but for those who prefer manual (with paddle shifters), it’ll cost $600 more. Assuming consumers stick with the standard setup, the 2020 Kia Forte GT is already less expensive than its competitors, like the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Sport ($24,730), 2019 Honda Civic Si sedan ($25,230), and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI ($26,890).
The underpinnings of the Kia Forte have also been improved for the new GT-Line, including a fully independent front and rear suspension, larger front disc brakes, and sway bars for better handling and cornering to not only improve ride quality but also enhance the control the driver has over the vehicle. It’s not all performance upgrades though. A new race-inspired gloss black grille offset by red accents can be found at the front fascia. This attitude continues along the exterior, adding heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signals, sport side sills, a sport-tuned dual exhaust, standard LED headlights, and the rear spoiler perched atop the decklid. The 2020 Kia Forte GT all rides on sticky 225/40R/18 Michelin Pilot Sport Summer tires and is encapsulated in a GT-exclusive two-tone finish.
Take a look inside to find the racing theme goes deeper than looks and engine parts. Inside the cabin, find “GT Line” upgrades like alloy sport pedals, a flat bottom steering wheel with white contrast stitching, exclusive black sport cloth seats with the same color stitching, and performance side bolsters on the front seats to keep occupants firmly seated. There’s also a Smart Key w/ Push Button Start and LED ambient interior lighting with an illuminated GT dash inlay. On top of all this, Kia Motors offers two packages that can add LED overhead lighting and a power sunroof, a 320-watt Harman Kardon® premium eight-speaker audio system with Clari-Fi™ technology, wireless charging, 4.2-inch center LCD screen, dual-zone full automatic air conditioning, heated and ventilated SOFINO GT sport seating, and a 10-way power driver’s seat.
It’s a lot of great features for such a small price. Surely the add-on packages will increase the price by a few hundred, but there’s always some wiggle room. Keep up with news about the Kia Forte GT on Miami Lakes Kia social media and come by for a test drive of the new 2020 Kia Forte GT.