• Skeptic Posted: 9/4/2009 2:30pm PDT

    I never thought I would see the day when I would actually want to buy a KIA. Kia has come long way.

  • Cooper Posted: 9/4/2009 2:33pm PDT

    I agree with Skeptic. Looks like KIA is stepping it up. For some reason reminds me of a Honda coupe.

  • nebraska Posted: 9/4/2009 2:35pm PDT

    Seriously @Skeptic. Kia is a whole new car compamny pracitcally. I think sometimes they themselves have trouble communicating how different they are today vs a while back.

  • jim Posted: 9/4/2009 2:36pm PDT

    So TATA is not the cheapest any more... ahhh! nice.
    I guess KIA is one great assets to Ford.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 9/4/2009 3:07pm PDT

    @jim: Actually Kia and Ford have no connection as far as I know.
    But I agree with the general tenor of the comments: This is a good-looking car, even if it has a dopey name.
    I'll be very interested to see if it takes customers away from the 2010 Scion tC, which until now has almost had the small Japanese coupe market to itself.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 9/4/2009 3:14pm PDT

    Well, I have to say the price isn't quite as low as I'd expected here. But Kia shot a bullseye with this one. Ford must be wishing they'd found this sort of design inspiration for its Focus Coupe...

  • Nelson avatar Nelson Posted: 9/4/2009 3:18pm PDT

    Kia's build quality - particularly its interiors - have come a long, LONG way in the last couple of years.
    As John says, it will be interesting to see how this fares against the tC, and I'd also throw in the Civic Coupe as a direct competitor - they are close on price, but the Kia wins out on power and standard features.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 9/4/2009 3:19pm PDT

    John, actually Kia and Ford were once connected. The Festiva and Aspire were developed between Ford and Kia, based on a Mazda 121, and built by Kia. Why do I know this? I once owned a Festiva...[shrinks into corner]...

  • sid avatar Siddharth Posted: 9/4/2009 4:22pm PDT

    Saw this in person at the NY Auto Show and it looks great

  • cooldude Posted: 9/4/2009 4:28pm PDT

    It looks good.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 9/4/2009 5:56pm PDT

    @Bengt: Actually, I remember the prior Kia-Ford connection. Wasn't the Ford Festiva actually a Mazda 121 built by Kia?
    I always liked that first generation Festiva (1986-93), the upright little two-door hatchback. Handsome little car, and I had several friends who had them and loved them.
    The second generation, I didn't love so much. Less practical, and kinda, errrrr, wimpy looking.
    So which was yours ? ? ?

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 9/4/2009 6:32pm PDT

    Mine was an '88 -- and yes, I think that the design went downhill, especially with the redesign and name change to Aspire. Someone else at a major monthly mag still had one of those when I was on staff there, and the nickname was a###ire. I'll let you fill in the rest.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 9/5/2009 5:05am PDT

    @Bengt: a###ire, or a###ipe?

  • Fizz Posted: 9/5/2009 5:21am PDT

    KIA nailed it! For the price-this is a snappy looking car. Yep-this one is a winner. What's wrong with the name? Then people can argue if it is pronouced, "for-tay," or, "fort."

  • javajunkie Posted: 9/5/2009 5:24am PDT

    KIA nailed it! Looks great and the price is right. I like the name.

  • Kobo Posted: 9/6/2009 4:31am PDT

    Must admit I never considered buying a Kia. I feel like they still need a couple more years to mature up to the best Japanese manufacturers reliability standards.

  • Drend Posted: 10/9/2009 3:27pm PDT

    I bought one about a month ago. I have had 5 people come up to me and ask what kind of car it was. When I told them it was a Kia all 5 of them said "It's a Kia?? "