Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX Test Drive Review
Finally I got the chance to test drive our Malaysia’s all time favourite Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX. Why do I say so? Look around the cities and on the roads, Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX is just about everywhere on the streets and inside parking lots too. Now I get to test it myself and find out what it is about this car that makes it so popular.
Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX’s outlook has been revitalized to one of the best looking C-segment cars ( similar to Honda Civic, Toyota Altis segment) in the market with a bargained price of B-segment cars (Toyota Vios, Honda City) which is between RM75,000 and RM96,000. Many people who opt for a C-segment car may actually go for the Naza Kia Forte since the price is so much lower compared to its rivals.
The Naza Kia Forte has a fresh outlook which is sporty, has headlamps furnished with Transparent Lense Type, has Outer Handles Door coated with shinning chrome and comes with fog lamps. Equipped with a full set of skirting, your ride will be like one of the those cars you see in a Too Fast Too Furious movie. One of the drawbacks of the Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX exterior is the car’s lack of a high end feature, which are projector headlamps with HID. But for the price it is being sold at, to ask for that feature would be too much.
Inside, the Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX is furnished with luxury black leather seats. Other luxurious features include the keyless entry system, the engine push start button, a rear view camera on the back mirror and auto dual air conditioning. These high tech features which used to be only available in luxury cars priced above RM200,000 are now available for users at less than RM100,00. This car is really value for money. Other vehicles such as the Toyata Altis, Honda Civic and other C-segment cars definitely fail to come with such high tech features at such a competitive price.
Other than the high tech features in the interior of Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX, the design of the car is elegant and sporty as well. I like the red line dial meters which give me a sporty spirit.
Not to forget the beautiful design of the gear knob. This car comes with automatic 6-speed transmission that glows red amber light.
Once we are done admiring the interior, we proceed to test out this To start the Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX, the push-to-start engine button was pressed, with the foot on the brake pedal. The engine started smoothly. I noticed that the engine noise is louder than its closest rival’s, the Honda Civic, when idling. It seems the Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX sound proofing at the engine bay is not as good as its rivals.
Handbrake released, shifting from the Parking mode to Drive mode and I am ready to move! Stepping on the accelerator and the car move effortlessly. The car doesn’t seem underpower even with 1600cc engine to move the big chassis of Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX. As I making a turning, the steering which powered by Hydraulic Power Steering does not responsive a Toyota Vios and it’s closest rival, Honda Civic. Even though the steering is stiff and give me solid, stable feeling on this car but not the precise controlling of the car.
As I driving on the Jelutong highway, I get the chance to floor the gas pedal. Surprisingly, Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX exceed my expectation. The car accelerate almost as powerful as its rival, Honda Civic 1.8S. Even though I do not record the accelerating time from 0-100km/h, but the momentum of the acceleration from both of these cars are similar. During the cruising, I manage to try out the 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6-speed transmission was fun with paddle shifts and on the gear knob but there is some lag or short delay before the gear shifted accordingly. The gear is not so responsive and semi-automatic transmission. The gear will automatic override by electronic controller to shift to appropriate sequence of gear according to the Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX’s speed. This feature is to protect the engine and gearbox from over revving. Good thing about this is protection to your Forte but bad thing is less fun, due to we can’t rev the car to the red line. Unlike Honda City, which the car 5-speed is fully in manual control when ‘S’ mode kicked in.
Packed with 215/45/17 tyre profile and McPherson Struts & stabilizer on the front suspension while Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) on the rear suspension, cruising with over 100km/h on the highway wasn’t a problem for Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX. The car grip on the road confidently with acceptable noise level. Bodyroll of the car was moderate and passing a bumper wasn’t really that bumpy compared to Toyota Vios. Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX is build for comfortable ride with suspension wasn’t that rigid. I can sense the noise level and bumpy feeling are far less than my car when I sitting my friend’s Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX.
Safety wise, Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX equipped with 2 air bags,Dual Front air bags. That was more than enough to ensure you and your family safe. Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX also owned compared to its rivals in the vehicle stability management where Forte have Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Traction Control System (TCS). There is another awesome safety where the salesman manage to show me before I leave, which is he put the keyless remote in the boot luggage and close the trunk. The trunk simply just can’t be closed until we take away the keyless remote from the boot. What a great feature.
Overall, Naza Kia Forte 1.6 SX was a value to money car with a lot luxury specifications, great safety features and stylish. The only drawback are the steering isn’t give me solid and precise handling and the transmission isn’t responsive. Price at RM85,800, what else can we expect more?
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