2020 Kia Forte GT Vs. Ford Focus ST

comparison of 2020 Kia Forte GT Vs. Ford Focus ST showing rear hatches of vehicles

When it comes to performance automotive, there are two schools of thought. The first says that power and speed are the only two considerations. The second, however, prioritizes something called “the sensation of speed,” which has a few factors to consider. Power is in there, but so is the weight of the vehicle, its suspension and handling abilities and tightness of steering. This second camp has found their champion in the compact car – a model that offers agility, a lighter weight than a midsize car or SUV and great handling.

Like the Kia Forte did to the compact car, the Kia Forte GT has done to the small performance car segment, giving it a purpose-driven style and opening the doors to drivers who may have never thought they could afford to drive one. Up against the 2020 Kia Forte GT today, we have the 2018 Ford Focus ST, a model that is still being sold new to enthusiasts who can find them. Let’s compare the two:

2020 Kia Forte GT


2018 Ford Focus ST

Sedan Form factor Hatchback
1.6-liter turbo (201 horsepower) Engine (horsepower) 2.0-liter turbo (252 horsepower)
Regular Fuel Premium
6-speed manual Standard transmission 6-speed manual
17.4 feet Turning radius 18.7 feet
42.2 inches/35.7 inches Legroom (front/rear) 41.9 inches/33.4 inches
10 years/100,000 miles Engine/powertrain coverage 5 years/60,000 miles
8-speaker premium Audio system 6-speaker
$22,890 MSRP $25,170

Two Strong Sports Cars Match Up with Individual Preferences Deciding the Winner

As you can see in the above chart, the two compact cars are pretty evenly matched. Although the 2018 Ford Focus ST offers more horsepower from its turbocharged engine, it also requires premium fuel to get that horsepower and lacks the agility of the 2020 Kia Forte GT that can turn on a tighter radius.

With the Ford Focus ST no longer being available, you may be hard-pressed to find one. Luckily, the 2020 Kia Forte GT offers a stellar compact performance experience that sacrifices very little compared with the more performance-driven Ford Focus ST. With hardly a ten-second difference in 0-60 time and a similar weight:horsepower ratio, you’ll find the “sensation of speed” to be just as prevalent in the 2020 Kia Forte as it is in the 2018 Ford Focus ST.

With so many things that seem like a toss-up, the winning model ultimately comes down to your preference. If you prefer the quieter ride and better handling of a sedan, you’ll love the 2020 Kia Forte GT. Additionally, the 2020 Kia Forte GT offers a more luxurious interior experience, seeing both front and rear passengers with more space to stretch out.

The final and perhaps most notable difference between the two models is the warranty and price, for which the Kia Forte GT is leaps and bounds ahead of the Ford Focus ST.

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