2014 Kia Forte 5 front end 1

Unlike the current model, the new 2014 Kia Forte 5-Door is more than just a Forte sedan without a trunk. With the 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder from the Hyundai Veloster Turbo available, the hatchback body style is marketed as the sportier, yet practical, option. The Forte 5-Door gets mostly unique sheetmetal – even up front, where just the hood and headlights are shared

When 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 2.0-liter I-4 173/154 6A NA
2013 Kia Forte 5 2.0-liter I-4 156/144 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 6A 24/31
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 38.1-38.9/37.4-37.5 42/36.2 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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