The Kia Forte Koup Coupe only offers minor changes in the 2012 version, with the only differences occurring in the trim packages that are offered. Overall, the 2012 Koup is relatively cheap to own and drive, when compared to the competition in this segment. The exterior is pleasant to look at with a sporty body, aerodynamic shape and attractive wheels. Also, there are a good amount of standard features offered given the initial price tag. There is a roomy interior and the cabin is well-equipped, however the rear seat does not provide much leg room for taller passengers.
The driving performance of the Koup is suitable with responsive steering and braking, since it is given a much firmer suspension than the sedan. The 2012 Forte Koup comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but it is recommended to go with the optional automatic transmission, as most say the shifting is a bit awkward. SX trims are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that boosts performance p to 173 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque.
The 2012 Kia Forte Koup was given a "Good" rating in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests. When its braking power was tested, it was able to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is relatively good.
The interior of the Koup is well designed and offers 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats in place. The seats are comfortable, supportive and the Koup gives consumers many choices that enhance the quality of seating through more lavish trimmings and the option for heated seating. The Koup also offers a superior sound system that includes a system for automatically increasing the volume of sound while the speed of the car increases in order to compensate for road noise, and sadly, this car definitely is affected by noise. The speakers included are a surround power bass system that offers a 3-month subscription for the satellite SIRIUS radio that is standard in the 2012 version. Other standard features include six-way adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted controls, push button start, and paddle shifters. The 2012 Koup also offers one of the most extensive warranties in the market with the power train covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. The bumper-to-bumper warranty and roadside assistance is for 5 years or 60,000 miles.