2021 Kia Forte5 GT Goes Old-school, Adds Manual Gearbox

Published on October 21, 2020 in News by Frédéric Mercier

While many automakers are abandoning manual transmissions, Kia is somewhat reversing the trend by adding one to the Forte5 lineup for 2021.

More specifically, a six-speed manual gearbox will come standard on the sporty Forte5 GT model, which returned last year with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission only. The latter will remain as an option.

Equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, the Kia Forte5 GT delivers 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This translates into a fun, dynamic driving experience which the new stick-and-clutch combo will only improve.

Photo: Michel Deslauriers

On the flip side, expect a not-so-small penalty at the pump. According to Natural Resources Canada, the manual 2021 Forte5 GT burns 8.8 L/100 km in combined city-highway driving, whereas the automatic version is rated at 8.0 L/100 km.

Customers can also opt for a Forte5 EX model whose naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine produces 147 horsepower.

Pricing for the 2021 Kia Forte5 starts at $24,055. The Forte5 GT with manual transmission will cost you at least $27,665.

Photo: Kia Canada Inc.
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