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Honda City Vs Kia Forte

Discussion in 'Car Talk' started by Vertigo, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. Vertigo

    Vertigo 5 Year | Silver

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    Hey all,

    just wanted to find out what the general opinion is for the top range Honda City and the Kia Forte.

    City around 90k and the Forte around 94k.. but City oni 1.6, Forte 2.0.

    In terms of exterior Forte and City look like clones...Interior got any comments?

    Anyone compared these cars? in terms of performance and quality which would be a better buy?

    Appreciate any feedback :biggrin:
     
  2. panjunkz

    panjunkz Senior Member
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    yess i saw the kia forte quite nice... but for long term i go with the honda city.. fuel consumption honda. value for market(second hand value) honda city. maintainance.. honda city..
    the highest 1.5cc in its range.. if not mistaken 125hp... as they claim... kia is nice but i go for honda city better...
    japanese car rules...
    :driver:
     
  3. Vertigo

    Vertigo 5 Year | Silver

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    Noob question:

    How about maintenance? roughly would Honda spare parts or Kia spare parts cost more?
    Owh and aftermarket modification parts; mufflers, BOT, etc etc...which is foreseen to have more? the city or the forte?

    would really appreciate any further feedback as i'm a new driver and i plan to do lots of research for my first car ^^
     
  4. yeehau86

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    I not sure which costs more, but how often you see Japanese cars have problems compared to Korean cars? For example, I have a relative driving Kia Spectre, always got problem and the car totally no pick up at all. When you sit in it, you will know what I mean.

    Just that Kia Forte has this push start and also keyless entry with some styling design that might attract the public to purchase it. But I would prefer Japanese car makers like Honda and Toyota

    I would say it is easier to look for Honda modification compared to Kia cars..Yes, there is aftermarket products for Kia cars too but very limited in terms of choices. Honda there are Mugen, Modulo, Spoon, etc. I would say you will find it easier and more choices in terms of modifications.
     
  5. JINEIL2EN

    JINEIL2EN Senior Member
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    Kia, always looks nice in copying other makes... but bad in quality..
     
  6. Yong_5290

    Yong_5290 Senior Member
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    1 thing is tat kia comes with 100000km warranty o 5 years
     
  7. boyzone

    boyzone Senior Member
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    I did the test drive for the Kia forte, respond from the gearbox is abit slow.
    Suspension is bias to soft and comfort.
    Engine wise, still remain throttle cable with Euro 3 std ... if not mistaken, a lot of Mitsubishi parts can support on engine bay. Curb weight is 1260kg for 1.6L.

    Re-sell value for this car will be low if compare with City :biggrin:
    For me, I still refer to City as more robust design.
     
  8. zac

    zac Senior Member
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    I prefer forte design, city's length and width doesnt suit it's robust look...
    But resell value definitely honda loh...
     
  9. wira4g13p

    wira4g13p Senior Member
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    :biggrin: my sis used city...engine quite good..forte...design wise...never test drive it before..but last kia spectra really worst car..waja a way better than spectra :rofl:
     
  10. Fairlady350

    Fairlady350 5 Year | Silver

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    I'd say a Honda anytime over a Kia.... better resale value, proven reliability, good fuel economy and solid finishing as well....
     
  11. panjunkz

    panjunkz Senior Member
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    Totally agree with him, why bother to compare Honda with KIA, almost the same price u can get Honda Civic FD for second hand(1.8 lorr) or Toyota Altis, Toyota VIOS.. Or u want power get honda civic (type-r) that can generate 200hp at least. Or just stck with the civic FD. Man, don't bother what KIA got but value for money that u spending.
    BTW, I'm selling bodykit also. So japanese cars bodykit are easily to get..
    www.unityventures.blogspot.com
     
  12. Fairlady350

    Fairlady350 5 Year | Silver

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    Yup, and if you are in to modding your car, the parts are easily attainable as compared to Kia. So what are you waiting for mate?
     
  13. JINEIL2EN

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    Kia still a Kia... altho got so many extra, at the end of the day, spend more money to repair it...
     
  14. rewlie

    rewlie 15 Year | Platinum

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    This new KIA Forte is using GEMA engine, as in the same used inside Lancer GT, but in Lancer we call it 4B11, for torque and hp, it is almost the same, +-1-2 only, no doubt for the engine, but have no idea on gearbox, for built, try to lift up the hood and held it there, for average guy, i can say you can never last more than 5 minutes, heavy, so i conclude that built is quite tough, other than that, read previously only 2 years warranty for this car, so most of the ppl feel afraid to buy, maybe they have revise it by now, u can check with their salesman, and test drive is not available for 2.0L yet, test drive 2.0L first and only then you decide.
     
  15. alantjw

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    Hi bro sekalian. I just bought a Kia forte just a few days old as a second and daily drive car. My comments about the car is that it is worth the money. power wise not bad for a 1.6 and it does a very smooth shift. looks wise also i would prefer forte compare to city and as claimed during high speed it does safe more fuel compare to the city due to its light weight and 6 speed gearbox.... and for throttle response is just great.. the whole car feels so light for some reason... maybe im feeling it because it is new but i will say its worth the money.
     
  16. rick.balakrishnan

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    forte quite ok and worth the price of RM 86k,
    I would recommend it for hot blooded dudes, mod it here and there
    voila, you have a pocket rocket

    But, The brakes!!! damn makan wei...
     
  17. ddv_nk12

    ddv_nk12 5 Year | Silver

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    From a biased Honda user/fan/lover, i'll say go for City. All I can say about Honda, it's a bloody good car. You can worry less about the parts being expensive and so on. Why? Because they don't give away easily. I can't comment on Forte or Kia though. Never owned one. But on paper, NO DOUBT the Forte is by far the more attractive car with all the EVERYTHING for less than RM100k. Choice is yours.
     
  18. Izso

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    Having driven both and not own either, I'm more inclined to the Forte. It's more luxurious inside, the back seats aren't are straight as the Citys and are more plush, it has more safety features (in fact in this price range it's unbeatable) and it looks cool in white. FC wise though the City is better but in terms of accessories and kit, the City is very poorly setup. It doesn't even have a boot sensor (to determine if it's open or not - to activate the alarm). Perhaps this has been rectified in the newer models but for the 1st and 2nd batch, to install the alarm meant you'd have to add an extra switch or sensor to the boot to link it up to the alarm system otherwise it could be wide open and the alarm wouldn't know the difference.

    I don't like the 17" size rims on the Forte though, tyres aren't cheap these days and people who buy this range of cars is looking for luxury but (no offense) at the same time aren't too keen on spending too much. Having said that the City uses 16" tyres which isn't exactly cheap either.

    Spare parts for the Forte is surprisingly abundant (probably due to the number of Fortes on the road now) and aren't too far off in terms of cost compared to the City. So maintenance and affordablility the Forte and City isn't too far apart.

    Performance wise both are quite nimble and both have pretty nice handling characteristics. Though I didn't push it to the limit (when do you really ever push it to the limit anyway?) both corner very well and acceleration for both cars are pretty good. High speed overtaking however both are lacking. But for this size engine you can't really say much. The 2.0 Forte on the other hand is a torque monster at almost any speed. Nice that one.

    In the long run it's all about preference. I prefer my cars white or some shade of light colours and I like comfort with some performance thrown in here and there. Forte delivers this effortlessly compared to the City.

    Price wise both are similar but the Forte is better equipped.
     
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  19. alantjw

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    yup.. im driving a forte for my daily drive and i love it... it will have a better FC on highways compare to Honda City... but in traffic jam times the city will win the forte... As what Izso says... forte will beat city in mayny ways.. besides forte is a B segment car and city is a Compact car... forte should be compare to Civic in the Honda range and Corolla/Mazda 3
     
  20. Izso

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    Well, if you're going to talk about b-segment no other car beats the forte in price, but for a 1.6, its performance is lacking compared to the Civic, Altis, Mazda3, Cruze, etc.

    It's just a bang-for-buck car if comparing with b-segment cars. Everything else it kinda loses out.
     

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