2018 Kia Forte5 vs Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Kia Forte5 Gateway Warrington PA

Are you ready to start the new year with a sporty hatchback? If so, we’re matching up the Kia Forte5 to another proven, cost-efficient, and durable automobile -the 2018 Kia Forte5 and the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT.

At the end of 2018, the Kia Forte5 splashed into the market as a hatchback featuring a 201hp turbocharged engine and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Combine that power with an industry-leading warranty, classic to all Kia vehicles, plus the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats, as well as blind spot detection technology, the Forte5 remains a top competing hatchback. It even includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

This year, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT gave Kia a run for its money. Offering a spacious hatchback alternative that promotes more room for people and cargo. However, the Elantra hatchback 161-hp 2.0L GT engine is not as efficient as the Forte5, so Hyundai was not able to beat Kia’s performance.

2018 Kia Forte5


2019 Hyundai Elantra GT

29 Fuel Economy (combined)  28
2.0 Liter Inline 4 Engine 2.0 Liter Inline 4
164 hp @ 6200 rpm Horsepower 161 hp @ 6200 rpm
Front wheel drive Drive-type Front wheel drive
5 Passengers 5
42.2 / 35.9 Leg Room: Front/Rear (in.) 42.3 / 34.8

2018 Kia Forte5 at Kia Warrington PA!

Nonetheless, the Elantra GT does excel on the inside. The model offers an 8-inch display audio RADIO system, SiriusXM, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, and 55.1cu. ft. cargo space with rear folding seats. Considering the exterior for aesthetics, the Elantra appears “bulky” with a large body shape that almost looks lazy in comparison to the sporty Forte5.

Overall, when comparing mileage, horsepower performance, cost efficiency, and convenience, the Forte5 reigns supreme over the latest 2019 Hyundai releases. Although the Elantra wins the “space” contest, the Forte5 dominates in every other hatchback category.


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