Kia Coup SX Test drive
-HOW IT LOOKS.
I think the Kia Forte is one of the best looking compact available in the US.
And the 2 door version looks even better. For a smaller car, it has a real presence in the street.
The wheels on the SX are a bit overdone, in my opinion, but that might be what it take to attract a different audience than the sedan.
-HOW IT IS INSIDE.
The interior is the same as the sedan version I drove a few months ago. Which is to say, excellent.
The stereo is again, one of the best I have tested
But just like in the sedan, the iPod is exposed when plugged into it. Not in the armrest, or glove compartment where it should be. So you have to unplug it every time you leave the car.
Most of the plastics used are hard, but they feel solid and the whole interior seems really well put together.
The windows have an auto down feature, but like plenty of other cars, no auto up.
Which for some reason, always bugs me. How much can this cost???
It’s also too bad that there is no choice of interior color other than black in the SX. You can get a tan interior in the cheaper EX, but no leather.
I hear navigation will be an option for the 2011 model year.
-HOW IT DRIVES.
I didn’t mind it, but the ride was pretty hard. Which is fine on a sporty version of the car.
The EX model with smaller wheels could ride a bit more smoothly.
The steering feel is excellent.
A bit hard, and precise.
It’s just feels perfect for the car.
The 2.4 Liter is exactly the same as the one in the SX sedan.
There is always plenty of power, and it is smooth and quiet.
More so than the 2.5 Liter in the Mazda3 for instance.
It is rated at 22 City and 32 HWY. I got 23 to 24 in the city. And almost 35 on the HWY.
Which is pretty good for the amount of fun the car is to drive.
I read somewhere that the 6 speed manual is pretty rubbery.
It didn’t feel like that to me at all. I had no problem with it and the clutch action was very smooth and forgiving.
The Kia Coup looks great and is great fun to drive.
So I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it.
My car was loaded with everything available (except automatic), like leather and sunroof, and the MSRP was still $20 090.
What a car for the money. And you can easily get it for about $2000 under that MSRP if you look around.
It’s closest competition, the Honda Civic EX-L coupe has less power, 5 speed instead of 6, and costs about $1800 more.