While several manufacturers in turn abandon the offer of a manual transmission in their range, Kia goes against the grain by including a manual transmission in the catalog of its Forte5 GT for 2021.
While previously fitted as standard with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Forte5 GT will now come with a six-speed manual transmission. The automatic will remain available as an option.
Equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the Kia Forte5 GT delivers 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This mechanics allows it to behave fairly dynamically and adding a manual gearbox to the equation certainly won’t hurt.
However, higher fuel consumption should be expected: Natural Resources Canada reports a combined city / highway rating of 8.8 L / 100 km with the manual Forte5 GT. This is a noticeable increase of 0.8 L / 100 km over the automatic transmission Forte5 GT.
Remember that the Kia Forte5 is also marketed in an EX version, which uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a power of 147 horsepower.
The 2021 Kia Forte5 starts at $ 24,055, while the. GT manual transmission is priced at $ 27,665.