The best way to decide between two similar sedans is to learn more about your options and compare your choices in-depth. The Kia K5 and Kia Forte are excellent choices if you’re in the market for a sedan. However, these vehicles have some differences that could be a dealbreaker for you.
This article discusses the key differences between the new Kia 2022 Forte and the Kia 2022 K5.
Forte 2022 is a new update to its 2021 version with an impressive powertrain of a 201 horsepower engine on top of many exciting features. The Forte is an exciting, sporty-looking car with a 1.6 Litre turbo engine. Forte also has CVT, which means it does not use gears, but if you look towards the 1.6-Litre turbo variation, you’ll get a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
On the other hand, the K5 is a 180 horsepower, 1.6-Liter, 4-cylinder turbo engine, 8-speed transmission, and an all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, K5 is only available in an all-wheel drive, and you can’t find a front-wheel drive variation.
Forte is a pleasantly surprising car; the moment you open the door, you notice the pristine interior. A colourful dashboard gives you all the information you might need sitting in the car. However, that’s not all; Kia Forte offers numerous perks. Below, we go over them in more detail.
Forte is a pleasantly surprising car; the moment you open the door, you notice the pristine interior. A colourful dashboard gives you all the information you might need sitting in the car.
Lane-follow assist in the Kia Forte is a new feature that came with the update. Some people might get confused, but Forte used to have a lane-keeping assist, not a lane-follow assist.
Lane follow-assist is a much more precise system that works efficiently to keep you in the centre even below 60 km per hour. In addition, the following assist collects more data points that it keeps in check while you’re driving, also keeps in check the vehicles around you, and uses the vehicle in front of you as a reference point.
This feature enables the car to keep centred in the lane and keep its course, providing you with a worry-free, effortless drive.
Kia Forte: Interior
The interior of the Kia Forte is impressive for the price point at which this car retails. It has a 10-inch screen through which you can access all parts of the vehicle, change users, and create a guest user, each of which has access to the climate system.
You can also use Apple and Android CarPlay. Although it is a wired display for Android and Apple CarPlay, you can connect your phone and car through Bluetooth and pair two phones.
Forte also has a feature called the quiet mode, which smartly handles the speakers and output of the car. So, if you have a child in the backseat, you can create a calmer environment and switch the rear speakers off.
Another incredible feature is the Doppler radar, which allows you to scour the map to assess the driving conditions and check for fog.
Forte also has a dual-zone climate system, which means you can have the left and right sides at different temperatures.
Ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, seat heating, and ventilation add to the long line of luxurious features present in the Kia Forte. All of these features you’re getting at a way lower price point.
There are 3 drive modes in the Kia Forte: Normal, Sport, and Smart. Smart mode, the eco mode, lowers fuel consumption with eco-friendly driving.
These options in drive modes add to the versatility of the driving experience of the Kia Forte.
The trunk floor on a Forte is pretty significant. This car does not come with a spare tire but has storage under the trunk to fit one. So, while going on a road trip, you won’t have to sacrifice valuable trunk space just to fit a tire. Also, Forte works well with a child seat in the back, but it will be tough to accommodate two of them.
Kia K5 2022
Right off the bat, the Kia K5 is a stylish car. However, the selling point of this model is that it is an all-wheel drive and a bigger car than the Forte. Although the K5’s interior is no match for the Forte, some qualities can make you become an instant fan!
The Kia K5 2022 also came with a few new updates from the 2021 version. They added a full-panel panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and LED headlights.
They also added some driver’s assistance features, including Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control and Control-Curve System, similar to the Forte but still significant drive assist updates.
Kia K5: Interior
The K5 offers a more luxurious interior, which makes sense with the slightly higher price. There’s an artificial wood trim all along the car’s interior, which complements its sleek, luxurious look. In addition, the sunroof is a full-panel sunroof that is certain to induce a ‘wow’ factor.
Although the K5 has the same colourful behind-the-wheel display as the Forte, it also has an 8-inch infotainment screen that supports Apple and Android CarPlay. Interestingly, a variation to the K5, called the GT line, comes equipped with a 10-and-a-quarter-inch screen.
The dual-zone automatic climate control also exists in the K5 but with a slightly refreshed system and three temperature settings: high, medium, and low, which provide a more efficient and comfortable temperature change.
The best feature of the K5, especially in a colder climate, is the De-Icer. The De-Icer is a tungsten element in the windshield that allows you not to have to scrape your windshield during the snow. Turning this feature on will melt the hard ice on your windshield in less than a minute.
The Kia K5 also has a Quiet mode, Doppler Radar, and temperature control.
The K5 is also equipped with heated seats and a steering wheel. The GT and Line variations have seat ventilation, too, but the K5 EX model doesn’t. The K5 EX does not have heated rear seats, but the GT line K5 does. A drawback of this car is that no AC vents exist on the trip line toward the backseats.
The K5 has five drive modes: Smart, normal, sport, custom, and snow. Amazingly, the custom drive mode allows you to play around. For example, you can put your steering wheel in sports mode and the rest of the car in normal mode, giving you the sports feel without extra fuel consumption.
K5 has the same amount of trunk storage as the Forte but lacks the storage well that the Forte offers. However, you can count on the ton of legroom at the back, which is given because it’s a bigger car.
Deciding between two similar cars can be tricky, especially when both are lined with exciting features, one on top of the other.
We’ve ironed out all the key differences between Kia K5 and Forte, so you can make better choices! Once you decide which best suits your needs, you can order K5 2022 or Forte 2022 directly from our website.
If you’re interested in the Forte, check out the Forte GT Line, but if K5 is the car for you, be sure to look into the 2023 Kia Rio.