2014 Kia Forte 5-Door: How Does It Compare to Mazda, Volkswagen Hatches?

With the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte 5-Door, the automaker is positioning the four-door hatchback as a sportier alternative to the also-new 2014 Forte sedan. While the Forte 5-Door shares its hood and headlights with the sedan, the hatchback’s front end has a slimmer grille to complement the more aggressive sheetmetal. Under the hood, the Forte hatchback’s standard engine is the sedan’s optional 173-hp 2.0-liter I-4, while the Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo’s 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is available.

2014 Kia Forte 5 left rear 1 300x187 imageWhen the 2014 Kia Forte hatchback goes on sale in the third quarter of this year, it will do market battle with cars like the Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf, Subaru Impreza, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Veloster. Consumers interested in four-door hatchbacks are likely to consider metrics such as interior and cargo volume as well as fuel economy. So, does the 2014 Forte hatchback have the goods to take on established compact four-door hatchbacks? Here’s a look at how the new Kia’s powertrain and interior specs compare to the outgoing model as well as the base models of other popular compact four-door hatchbacks.

Base Engine

HP/Torque

Transmission

MPG city/highway

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door

2.0-liter I-4

173/154

6A

NA

2013 Kia Forte 5-Door

2.0-liter I-4

156/144

6M, 6A

25-26/34-36

Ford Focus

2.0-liter I-4

160/146

5M, 6A

26-27/36-38

Hyundai Elantra GT

1.8-liter I-4

148/131

6M, 6A

26-27/37

Hyundai Veloster

1.6-liter I-4

138/132

6M, 6A

27-28/37

Mazda3

2.0-liter I-4

155/148

6A, 6M

27-28/38-39

Subaru Impreza

2.0-liter F-4

148/145

5M, CVT

25-27/33-36

Volkswagen Golf

2.5-liter I-5

170/177

5M, 6A

23-24/31-33

Headroom F/R (inches)

Legroom F/R (inches)

Hatch seats up/down (cu. ft.)

2014 Kia Forte 5

39.4/38.7

42.4/35.9

23.2/NA

2013 Kia Forte 5

40.0/38.4

43.3/35.0

19.4/NA

Ford Focus

38.3/37.9

41.9/33.2

23.8/44.8

Hyundai Elantra GT

40.1/37.9

42.0/34.6

23.0/51.0

Hyundai Veloster

37.2-39.0/35.3

43.9/31.7

15.5/NA

Mazda3

38.1-38.9/37.7-38.0

42.0/36.2

17.0/42.8

Subaru Impreza

39.8/37.7

43.5/35.4

22.5/52.4

Volkswagen Golf

39.3/38.5

41.2/35.5

15.2/NA

By Jason Udy

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