US: 2016 Kia Forte Koup is here to offer affordable sportiness image

You might know the Hyundai brand is doing a good job in the World Rally Championship with its team using the i20 subcompact, but did you know the second-gen Forte Koup has back-to-back touring car championships?

It’s true, the Forte Koup has won the 2014 and 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car A class so the updated 2016 Forte Koup – the two door version of the Forte sedan and Forte5 – has a proven race pedigree. How many ultra-affordable models can claim such sporty traits? Meanwhile the 2016 model carries over looking the same as the 2015 version and comes in two trim levels: EX and SX. First off, the EX version comes packing the FlexSteer system (three modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport), 16-inch wheels, remote keyless entry with trunk opener, Rear Camera Display, a cooling glove box. Optional goodies include the Premium Tech Package with heated front seats, leather seat trim, power sunroof, push-button start with Smart Key and for the 2016 model the new navigation with HD radio. Added novelties for the 2016 model year are the power adjustable heated and cooled driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic temperature control with center console rear vents.

The sportier SX variant boasts push-button start with smart key, UVO eServices telematics, sport tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, bigger brakes, LED taillights, and a dual exhaust. The base EX level can be had with the 2.0-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine while the SX brings into the picture the 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder and the standard six-speed manual can be swapped with a six-speed auto gearbox complete with paddle shifters.