Son's Automotive Group Compares 2016 Kia Forte Koup VS 2016 Hyundai Veloster Near Duluth, GA

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2016 Kia Forte Koup

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2016 Kia Forte Koup

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2016 Hyundai Veloster

Safety Comparison

The Forte Koup has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Veloster doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Forte Koup and the Veloster have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Kia Forte Koup is safer than the Veloster:

Forte Koup

Veloster

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

GOOD

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

279

380

Shoulder Movement

33 mm

34 mm

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked fourth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 20th in reliability. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Forte Koup EX’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 41 more horsepower (173 vs. 132) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (154 vs. 120) than the Veloster’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Forte Koup’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Veloster (106.3 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Forte Koup has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Veloster can only carry 4.

The Forte Koup has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Veloster (92.3 vs. 89.8).

The Forte Koup has .6 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear hip room than the Veloster.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Forte Koup’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Veloster’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

The Forte Koup has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Veloster only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Forte Koup keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Veloster doesn’t offer an air conditioned driver’s seat.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Forte Koup’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Veloster doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Forte Koup has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Veloster doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Forte Koup’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Veloster doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Forte Koup has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Veloster doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Forte Koup will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Forte Koup will retain 49% to 55% of its original price after three years, while the Veloster only retains 42% to 48%.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Kia Forte Koup and the Hyundai Veloster, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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