Kia Forte 2019 Philippines Review: Many new features that you can't resist

Updated Jun 01, 2021

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Kia Forte 2019 Philippines has promising features. Buying one can be one of the best decisions in your life and we are here to tell you why!

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine
  5. Safety Features
  6. Price
  7. Verdict

1. Kia Forte 2019 Philippines Review: Introduction

Kia is among the brands that have gained popularity in the Philippines in recent years. The Korea-based manufacturer continues to innovate their products in order to meet the needs of not just their clients, but also of changing the industry and environmental standards.

The Forte is one of their models that have long been gone in the market and is now making a comeback. Launched during the recent 16th MIAS (Manila International Auto Show), the 2019 Kia Forte Philippines impressed the audience with its new and improved eye-catching look.

Kia Forte 2019 at MIAS

Kia Forte 2019 showcased at MIAS 2019 

Now let’s take a closer look at this new sedan through our Kia Forte 2019 Philippines review brought by

2. Kia Forte 2019 Philippines: Exterior

Before starting to have a deeper look, it is worth to note that the Kia Forte 2019 is available in LX, EX, and GT variants.

The C-type compact sedan is crafted with hot-stamped and advanced high-strength steel, for increased torsional rigidity. It is also a material that can absorb jolts efficiently. In the event of untoward incidents like collisions, the passenger cell remains intact.

2019 Kia Forte - Review & Road Test

The 2019 Kia Forte exterior's sporty vibe is led by a tiger nose grille that is perfectly balanced with its sharp and dynamic lines. To make sure that it looks good at every angle, Kia loaded it with sleek projector headlights and a front bumper that seems to integrate seamlessly into the rest of the body.

Kia Forte Exterior Rear view

Kia Forte 2019: C-type compact sedan

More than looks, the 2019 Kia Forte offers practicality in spades, with ample space for both passengers and cargo. First, there are two cup holders in the front, which are located between the passenger seat and hand brake. Just further above the cup holders, there is a compact bin where you can store small items.

Folding down the central armrest between the rear seats reveals two more cup holders for convenience, although this reduces the seating space at the back. The trunk itself is cavernous at 502 liters, easily expandable with the 60/40 split-fold rear seats for carrying longer items.

Kia Forte 2019 Exterior Back Storage

The 60/40 split-fold rear seats

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3. Kia Forte 2019: Interior

The Kia Forte 2019 interior is loaded with features that will surely provide comfort, one of which is the 3.5-in. multi-function LED display that shows essential information such as speed, temperature, and distance at a glance.

The 8-inch touchscreen display’s multimedia connectivity will keep everyone entertained despite heavy traffic, while the automatic climate control helps keep the heat at bay. The GT and EX variants of this new Kia Forte come with extra vents for the benefit of the rear passengers.

Kia Forte Interior: Dashboard

The front console is user-friendly and loaded with features

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4. Kia Forte 2019 Philippines Review: Engine

A 1.6L D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) or T-GDI (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection) gasoline engine powers the 2019 Kia Forte drivetrain, delivering a maximum output of 204PS and torque of 265Nm at 6,000RPM.

It is also highly responsive, thanks to the six-speed automatic transmission (EX and LX) or the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox on the GT variant.

Kia Forte 2019 Philippines Engine

2019 Kia Forte can produce a maximum output of 204 PS

5. Kia Forte 2019 Philippines: Safety Features

The features intended for the safety of the driver, passengers, and the pedestrian are always the most critical points of buying a car, and the Kia Forte 2019 offers its fair share. It comes standard with an anti-lock braking system and six airbags. EX and GT variants also come with Electronic Stability Control.

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There’s also a rear camera display with integrated parking guide, useful when backing into (or out of) a parking space. Hill assist control is also offered on the EX and GT, as well as a front and back parking distance warning system on the latter.

Lastly, the GT is equipped with an electrochromic rearview mirror, enhancing driver safety by automatically dimming in case of high beams coming from the rear. This prevents glare and discomfort which might affect driving.

Kia Forte 2019 Rear view window

Anti-glare and auto dimming rear view mirror

6. Kia Forte 2019 Philippines Price

The 2019 Kia Forte comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty, and is available at the following prices:

Kia Forte Price in the Philippines - 2019
Kia Forte 2019 1.6 LX AT
Kia Forte 2019 1.6 EX AT
Kia Forte 2019 1.6 GT AT

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7. Kia Forte 2019 Philippines Review: Verdict

We all have our own car preferences because of our different lifestyles. That said, the 2019 Forte looks to be a well-rounded offering from Kia; its size, capacity, and features are suitable for a wide range of customers, whether singles, couples or a family of four.  

The LX is ideal for those who are likely to spend most of their time on flat terrains, such as city streets and highways. Meanwhile, the hill assists feature on the EX and GT models is useful for those who will be driving on uphill areas such as Tagaytay, Baguio, and Benguet.

Kia Forte 2019 on the road

The EX and GT models are best suited for uphill drives

The Kia Forte 2019 Philippines is surely among the best vehicles that you can bring home! Kia made sure that its comeback to the market is not without fanfare. Loaded with features that bring comfort, performance, and safety, the 2019 Kia Forte presents a good value proposition in its class.