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2022 Kia Forte GT

2022 Kia Forte GT

This week, I took another opportunity to spend a little time with a tester car as it arrived at Georgetown Kia. This time is was the very smart looking 2022 Kia Forte GT.

In a market full of cool cars right now, the Forte has to work hard to stand out. With these looks, I don’t think it will have a problem.

The Kia Forte is a compact sedan, one of the few non-German sedans still in production. It’s a decent looking car in other trims, but adds a little magic in GT or GT-Line form.

2022 Kia Forte GT design

The 2022 Kia Forte GT takes the overall body shape of the Forte and adds some nice tweaks to improve its appeal.

It has a low front end that provides a sports car look. It combines with a curved hood and angled lights to deliver a smart looking front that you will never get bored with.

Add a new lower sill with a little touch of colour by the vents and larger brake ducts and you have a nice looking car.

The profile looks largely the same aside from subtle side sills and it’s only round the back when you see a trunk spoiler and lower valance that you see this is a GT.

Inside, the 2022 Kia Forte GT, you get a comfortable interior with dark fabric or leather and red trim.

The dashboard is purposely simple with clear dials and a large touchscreen in the centre.

Visibility is good all around, switchgear feels solid and passengers have plenty of space whichever seat they choose.

The trunk is also surprisingly spacious for a compact sedan, which further proves there is plenty of life left in the sedan.

Under the hood

Under the hood of the 2022 Kia Forte GT is a turbocharged 1.6-litre four cylinder that produces 201 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque. It uses a 7 speed dual clutch transmission to deliver power to the front wheels.

A 6 speed manual is an option.

A sports tuned exhaust adds a neat engine note but the cabin is so well insulated, you’ll need to put your foot down to hear it properly.

The engine responds quickly to input and while I couldn’t take the car out, you could feel the potential as soon as you blipped the gas.

Features and benefits

The 2022 Kia Forte GT comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, smart cruise control, LED lighting, climate control and upgraded Harmon Kardon audio.

The car also comes with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors with braking assistance.

The US IIHS has awarded it Top Safety Pick while the NHTSA awarded it four stars for safety.

I liked the 2022 Kia Forte GT. I think it looks sharp, has a great presence and delivers decent power for its size. Well worth checking out!

Learn more about the 2022 Kia Forte GT at Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario.

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