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Road Test - Kia Cerato Forte 1.6 SX
12 Mar 2009  |  Kia Reviews
A lot of money was spent to launch the new Cerato Forte. Is it going to be a flop, or will this car be a good example of money well spent? Read More
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The Kia Cerato Forte was facelifted on Apr 2011. Read more

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   Consumer Reviews of Kia Cerato Forte
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OVERALL RATING
 
86 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
3.5/5 Reliability
3.5/5
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Handling
3.5/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4.5/5 Interior Design
3.5/5
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Value for money
4/5 Engine Performance
3.5/5
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72 out of 86 (83.7%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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Most impressive segment C car
Premium UserMaverickguo 
 |  Neutral Newbie |
 04 Dec 2012
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 5/5

Review
I am in the car rental business and have been driving all sort of vehicle daily. From Toyota to BMW.

Quick review and conclusion.

Took the car up to KL and Genting over weekend. Power was the most powerful in its class. No problem overtaking or driving consistently on the right lane of NS Hwy. 6 speed gear box and great chassis makes going up genting and down hill a breeze. Peddle shift was very responsive and also auto shift up when you touch redline. Brilliant gearbox! During down hill, I uses 2nd and 3rd gear only and hardly uses brake or accelerator.

Handling was sharp and nifty. Very little body roll and traction was perfect. No loss of traction or skid experience despite wet road and sharp bend. Attributed to the good chassis, suspension setup, 17" rim, ESC and surprisingly the stock Kumho tyres. Seat was the most comfortable among all the cars I have driven beyond C segment. I sat in it for 6 hours due to jam with no complain. Feels everything is right and great support all round.

Self installed cruise control and notice engine lack of torque during normal cruising speed to maintAin speed when encounter up slope. Usually auto gear will drop 2 speed to archive the torque required to maintain. Over NS Hwy, my average fuel consumption is approximate 13km/L at 120-130km/hr.

When driving in Singapore, I almost doing 100% city driving with 0% expressway. Archive 9-10km/L.

Air con is very efficient. Loves the sound system as it has the best audio quality I ever heard from a car in this segment. Bluetooth capability is impressive as it also allows the playback of MP3 from my iPhone.

What I like
Impressive chassis and suspension
Very quiet engine that I thought engine was not started when air on is off. No vibration detected or sound. Pure silence.
Audio system was impressive in terms of clarity. Lack SPL.
Bluetooth connectivity with iPhone and playback capability.
Very very very very comfortable seat. Could drive for hours without ache or fatigue.
6-SPEED GEARBOX and its responsiveness!

What I do not like
Too sensitive auto light at turns on too frequently.
No 2.0L engine or turbocharge 1.6L for more power
Noisy stock tires even though it has very good grip.
Low body kit that cause the car not able to park into the lot completely and have to crawl thru certain humps
No auto wind up for power window. Got to hold the button to close it.
No projector headlight and DRL

Overall Rating  
Decent Quality and Ride, Value for Money
 |  Neutral Newbie |
 29 Sep 2012
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
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Comfort 3/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5

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Since I didn't allocate much budget for the car but neither did I want a cheapo one. I was looking for value for money car. Must be functional, but must not be so basic type, at least you must enjoy what you ride. Definitely forget about the brand or made to show off. I found that this is the car that I was looking for. Have been riding Kia Cerato Forte 1.6 SX for almost 6+ months already, so far the car has been good on me, of course in terms of fuel consumption cannot compare with VW, Honda or Toyota. Of course in terms of confort, cannot compare with BMW or Merc. But its the car that you feel you really can rely on (will not make you stranded in the middle of road or afraid of rain seepage), it's the car you can really depend on (will carry you where you want to go safely). With the money you paid, you have all the functionalities that you can get only at premium high end cars. P.S. some people say the car pick up is not good, I think it is during the initial 3000 km when the engine is still quite new. After that the pickup is comparable to others, recommend to use Shell fuel which you will give better power than other at pick up. Also regarding power, I think it depends on how much you know about your car and individual skill.

What I like
- Style/Design
- Functionality (climate control aircond, reversed sensor and camera, ESP, Keyless Start/Stop button, chromatic rear view mirror, bluetooth etc..)
- Built in Sports Rim & Body Kit for SX
- bootspace

What I do not like
- Fuel consumption (I think this also depends on your drive style)
- A bit of body roll during turning (This is compensated by ESP for your confidence)
- Brand (Of course people will not look at you like you are driving BMW or Merc.

Overall Rating  
Worst car I've owned
 |  Neutral Newbie |
 14 Apr 2012
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
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Comfort 2/5 Reliability 2/5
Handling 1/5 Features 2/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 2/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 1/5

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Reading some of the reviews, it's really hilarious. Drives like a Conti car? Come on, get real. The only good thing about this car is the shape and design. You really get what you pay. I can live with poor sales, poor service if I paid for a cheap car since I don't face them everyday. But to pay for a car that get cracked windscreen as a norm is something nobody expects.

The drive is expected of what was paid. Nothing fancy. Same for FC and comfort. Kimchi cars are still far lagging behind Sushi. That is a fact.

What I like
Shape

What I do not like
Everything else.

Overall Rating  
Good value for $$ spent
Premium UserSeabreeze 
 |  Clutched |
 13 Apr 2012
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5

Review
Own this car for close to a year now, like it 6 speed so when cruising at 100km, rpm hit about 2.5 bar. Pick up if rev hard FC will be bad, but if maintained at 2 to 2.5 pick up rpm, the FC is pretty good and must not be traffic light racer.Average FC is about 11.7km/L

When it corners, it handle itself pretty well maybe the weight does play a part. But mind the turning radius for U-turn.

Interior features package is more than jap counterparts, and so far no issue till now unlike my previous cars. Stock speakers is not bad.
Boot wise is pretty sufficient, if loading of super big items from ikea i can rest down the rear seats too.

A good buy for bread n butter car, exterior styling give a lasting feel as compared to others.

What I like
Stock speakers, paddleshift when i am in the mood, Good FC if not traffic light racing, solid feel of car body n heated side mirrors. 5 years warranty

What I do not like
too many accessories available n hurting my pockets!!

Overall Rating  
Car with poor reliability
 |  Neutral Newbie |
 17 Feb 2012
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 1/5
Handling 3/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 3/5

Review
I drove the 2009 series Cerato Forte and have been driving it for close to 3 years. The Forte is improving, but i find out (after about 2 yrs of driving) that the improvements are only superficial. The quality of the materials that were used to build the Forte were not so good, even with the now better interiors and additional functions. If you can accept going back to the agent for repair frequently, then the car is definitely a good buy. Ever wondered why after deducting the COE cost from the price, the car price is still about the same as when it was initially launched, even with the now better interior and more functions such as retractable mirror etc?

In the first week after collecting the car, i need to go back to Kia to get a window panel changed because it has air bubble in it. In the 1st 6-month, i had to go back again because there were knocking sounds coming from the suspension when i go over the hump. Recently, my windscreen cracked for no reason and got to replace. Then the gearbox leaked and the car cannot be driven.

Not-suprisingly, these faults were also mentioned by other Forte owners.

So in short, if you are willing to take a risk and see whether your Forte can be a long lasting car, good luck trying

What I like
- lots of functions provided with the low cost
- cheap and affordable car

What I do not like
- Material used for the car are not durable
- Engine sound loud meaning either the engine is loud or the sound proofing of the car is bad
- The RPM of the engine is high (abt 3000 RPM) for travel at 100km/h for 5th gear.

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