The Kia 2021-Forte is a driving vehicle that combines elegant style with robust performance. Designed with innovation in mind, this car offers an exciting and comfortable driving experience for the driver. With its aerodynamic design and advanced features, the Kia 2021-Forte takes you to a new level in terms of safety, comfort, and road connectivity. Whether you’re looking for a reliable vehicle for daily needs or seeking to enjoy adventures on the road, the Kia 2021-Forte is ready to deliver the performance and satisfaction you’re seeking.
Before entering vehicle
- Be sure that all windows, outside mirror(s), and outside lights are clean.
- Check the condition of the tires.
- Check under the vehicle for any sign of leaks.
- Be sure there are no obstacles behind you if you intend to back up.
Fluid levels, such as engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, and washer fluid should be checked on a
regular basis, at the exact interval depending on the fluid. Further details are provided in chapter 7, “Maintenance”.
⚠ Focus on the road while driving. The driver’s primary responsibility is in the safe and legal operation of the vehicle. Any handheld devices, other equipment or vehicle systems that distract the driver should not be used during vehicle operation.
- Close and lock all doors.
- Position the seat so that all controls are easily reached.
- Buckle your seat belt.
- Adjust the inside and outside rearview mirrors.
- Be sure that all lights work.
- Check all gauges.
- Check the operation of warning lights when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position.
- Release the parking brake and make sure the brake warning light goes out.
For safe operation, be sure you are familiar with your vehicle and its equipment.
⚠ When you intend to park or stop the vehicle with the engine on, be careful not to depress the accelerator pedal for a long period of time. It may overheat the engine or exhaust system and cause fire.
⚠ Always check the surrounding areas near your vehicle for people, especially children, before putting a vehicle into D (Drive) or R (Reverse).
⚠ Securely store items in your vehicle. When you make a sudden stop or turn the steering wheel rapidly, loose objects may drop on the floor and could interfere with the operation of the foot pedals, possibly causing an accident.
⚠ Do not drive while intoxicated. Drinking and driving is dangerous. Even a small amount of alcohol will affect your reflexes, perceptions and judgment. Driving while under the influence of drugs is as dangerous as or more dangerous than driving drunk.
KEY POSITIONS (IF EQUIPPED)
Illuminated ignition switch
Whenever a front door is opened, the ignition switch will illuminate for your convenience, provided the ignition switch is not in the ON position. The light will go off immediately when the ignition switch is turned on. It will also go off after about 30 seconds when the door is closed.
Ignition switch position
The ignition key can be removed only in the LOCK position.
ACC (Accessory) (2)
The electrical accessories are operative. If difficulty is experienced turning the ignition switch to the ACC position, turn the key while turning the steering wheel right and left to release the tension.
The warning lights can be checked before the engine is started. This is the normal running position after the engine is started. Do not leave the ignition switch ON if the engine is not running to prevent battery discharge.
Turn the ignition switch to the START position to start the engine. The engine will crank until you release the key; then it returns to the ON position. The brake warning light can be checked in this position.
The anti-theft steering column lock (if equipped) is not a substitute for the parking brake. Before leaving the driver’s seat, always make sure the shift lever is engaged in P (Park) for intelligent variable transmission, set the
parking brake fully and shut the engine off. Unexpected and sudden vehicle movement may occur if these precautions are not taken.
⚠ Never turn the ignition switch to LOCK or ACC while the vehicle is moving. This would result in loss of directional control and braking function, which could cause an accident.
⚠ Do not attach small purses, multiple keys, or any other heavy accessories to the driver’s key chain used to start the vehicle. This may cause the inserted key to inadvertently change the ignition position to the ACC position while the vehicle is moving, thereby increasing the risk of an accident and deactivating several safety features.
⚠ To avoid unexpected or sudden vehicle movement, never leave your vehicle if the transmission is not locked in the P (Park) position and the parking brake is not fully engaged. Before leaving the driver’s seat, always make sure the shift lever is engaged in P (Park), set the parking brake fully and shut the
ENGINE START/STOP BUTTON (IF EQUIPPED)
Illuminated engine start/stop button
Whenever the front door is opened, the engine start/stop button will illuminate for your convenience. The light will go off after about 30 seconds when the door is closed. It will also go off immediately when the theft-alarm system is armed.
Engine start/stop button position
With manual transmission
To turn off the engine (START/RUN position) or vehicle power (ON position), stop the vehicle, then press the engine start/stop button.
With Dual clutch transmission/Intelligent Variable Transmission
To turn off the engine (START/RUN position) or vehicle power (ON position), press the engine start/stop button with the shift lever in the P (Park) position. When you press the engine start/stop button without the shift lever in the P (Park) position, the engine start/stop button will not change to the OFF position but to the ACC position.
Vehicles equipped with anti-theft steering column lock
The steering wheel locks when the engine start/stop button is in the OFF position to protect you against theft. It locks when the door is opened.
If the steering wheel is not locked properly when you open the driver’s door, the warning chime will sound. Try locking the steering wheel again. If the problem is not solved, have the system checked by a professional workshop. Kia recommends to visit an authorized Kia dealer/service partner.
In addition, if the engine start/stop button is in the OFF position after the driver’s door is opened, the steering wheel will not lock and the warning chime will sound. If that occurs, close the door. Then the steering wheel will
lock and the warning chime will stop.
With manual transmission
Press the engine start/stop button when the button is in the OFF position without depressing the clutch pedal.
MANUAL TRANSMISSION (IF EQUIPPED)
The manual transmission has 6 forward gears. This shift pattern is imprinted on the shift knob. The transmission is fully synchronized in all forward gears so shifting to either a higher or a lower gear is easily accomplished. Depress the clutch pedal down fully while shifting, then release it slowly.
If your vehicle is equipped with an ignition lock switch, the engine will not start when starting the engine without depressing the clutch pedal. The shift lever must be returned to the neutral position before shifting into R (Reverse).
Push the button located immediately below the shift knob and pull the gearshift lever to the left sufficiently,
and then shift into the reverse (R) gear position.
Make sure the vehicle is completely stopped before shifting into R (Reverse). Never operate the engine with the
tachometer (rpm) in the red zone.
DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION (DCT) (IF EQUIPPED)
Dual clutch transmission operation
The dual clutch transmission has 7 forward speeds and one reverse speed. The individual speeds are selected automatically in the D (Drive) position.
⚠ To reduce the risk of serious injury or death:
- ALWAYS check the surrounding areas near your vehicle for people, especially children, before shifting a vehicle into D (Drive) or R (Reverse).
- Before leaving the driver’s seat, always make sure the shift lever is in the P (Park) position, then set the parking brake, and place the ignition switch in the LOCK/OFF position. Unexpected and sudden vehicle movement can occur if these precautions are not followed.
- Do not use engine braking (shifting from a high gear to lower gear) rapidly on slippery roads. The vehicle may slip causing an accident.
INTELLIGENT VARIABLE TRANSMISSION (IVT) (IF EQUIPPED)
Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) operation
The Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) automatically shifts depending on speed and accelerator pedal position. The individual speeds are selected automatically, depending on the position of the shift lever. For smooth operation, depress the brake pedal when shifting from N (Neutral) to a forward or reverse gear.
⚠ Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
- Always check the surrounding areas near your vehicle for people, especially children, before shifting a car into D (Drive) or R (Reverse).
- Before leaving the driver’s seat, always make sure the shift lever is in the P (Park) position; then set the parking brake fully and shut the engine off. Unexpected and sudden vehicle movement can occur if these precautions are not followed in the order identified.
- Do not use the engine brake (shifting from a high gear to lower gear) rapidly on slippery roads. The vehicle may slip, causing an accident.
- To avoid damage to your transmission, do not accelerate the engine in R (Reverse) or any forward gear position with the brakes on.
- When stopped on an incline, do not hold the vehicle stationary with engine power. Use the service brake or the parking brake.
- Do not shift from N (Neutral) or P (Park) into D (Drive), or R (Reverse) when the engine is above idle speed. WARNING
- Shifting into P (Park) while the vehicle is in motion will cause the drive wheels to lock which may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
- Do not use the P (Park) position in place of the parking brake. Always make sure the shift lever is latched in the P (Park) position and set the parking brake fully.
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
DRIVE MODE INTEGRATED CONTROL SYSTEM (IF EQUIPPED)
The drive mode may be selected according to the driver’s preference or road condition. The mode changes whenever the DRIVE MODE button is pressed.
- SMART mode : SMART mode automatically adjusts the driving mode (ECO ” NORMAL ” SPORT)
in accordance with the driver’s driving habits.
- NORMAL mode : NORMAL mode provides smooth driving and a comfortable ride. When normal
mode is selected, it is not displayed on the cluster.
- SPORT mode : SPORT mode provides a sporty but firm ride.
The driving mode will be set to NORMAL mode when the engine is restarted. If is in SMART/NORMAL mode, NORMAL mode will be set when the engine is restarted.
SMART mode selects the proper driving mode among ECO, NORMAL and SPORT by judging the driver’s driving habits (i.e. mild or dynamic) from the brake pedal depression or the steering wheel operation.
- Press the DRIVE MODE button to activate SMART mode. When SMART mode is activated, the indicator illuminates on the instrument cluster.
- The indicator illuminates in blue when the driver’s driving is categorized to be mild. It illuminates in white when the driver’s driving is categorized to be normal. It illuminates in red when the driver’s driving is categorized to be dynamic during abrupt braking or sharp curves.
- The vehicle starts in NORMAL mode if the engine was turned OFF in SMART mode.
- SMART mode automatically controls driving characteristics, such as gear shifting patterns, engine torque, and ride quality in accordance with the driver’s driving habits.
FORWARD COLLISION-AVOIDANCE ASSIST (FCA) (FRONT VIEW CAMERA ONLY) (IF EQUIPPED)
FCA is designed to detect and monitor a vehicle ahead in the roadway through camera recognition to warn
the driver that a collision is imminent, and if necessary, apply emergency braking.
⚠ The camera type FCA does not operate for pedestrians in front. Take the following precautions
when using Forward Collision Avoidance Assist :
- This system is only a supplemental system and is not intended to, nor does it, replace the need for extreme
care and attention of the driver. The sensing range and objects detectable by the sensors are limited. Pay attention to the road conditions at all times.
- NEVER drive too fast for the road conditions or while cornering.
- Always drive cautiously to prevent unexpected and sudden situations from occurring. FCA does not guarantee to stop the vehicle completely and does not guarantee to avoid all collisions.
Function setting and activation
When the ignition switch is turned on, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist automatically gets activated. The system can be deactivated if the driver cancels the system from the instrument panel as follows : ‘User settings Driving assist Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.
he warning light illuminates on the LCD display, when you cancel FCA. The driver can monitor FCA ON/OFF status on the LCD display. Also, the warning light illuminates when the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) is turned off. When the warning light remains ON with FCA activated, have the system checked by an authorized Kia dealer.
The driver can select the initial warning activation time in the User Settings in the instrument cluster LCD display. The options for the initial Forward Collision Warning include the following:
Prerequisite for activation
FCA gets ready to be activated when FCA is selected on the LCD display, and when the following prerequisites
- The ESC is ON.
- The driving speed is over 6 mph (10 km/h). (However, FCA is activated within certain driving speed.)
- When recognizing a vehicle in front. (However, FCA deactivates according to conditions in front and
vehicle systems, but it notices only certain warnings.)
- FCA automatically deactivates upon canceling the ESC. When the ESC is cancelled, FCA cannot be activated on the LCD display. In this situation, FCA warning light will illuminate.
FCA automatically activates
upon placing the ignition
switch to the ON position. The
driver can deactivate FCA by
canceling the system setting
on the LCD display.
- FCA automatically activates upon placing the ignition switch to the ON position. The driver can deactivate FCA by canceling the system setting on the LCD display.
- FCA automatically deactivates upon canceling the ESC. When the ESC is can- celled, FCA cannot be activated on the LCD display. FCA warning light will illuminate, but it does not indicate a malfunction of the system.
- Set or cancel FCA with the control switches on the steering wheel after stopping the vehicle in a safe place.
FCA front view camera sensor
The sensor is designed to maintain a certain distance from the front end of the vehicle. However, a sensor covered or dirty with foreign substances, such as dirt or snow, adversely affects the sensing performance. It may even temporarily cancel FCA. Always keep the sensor and its external parts clean.
Warning message and warning light
When the sensor is covered or the sensor lens is dirty with foreign substances, such as snow or rain, FCA
may not be able to detect vehicles. In this situation, a warning message (“Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
(FCA) system disabled. Camera blocked”) will appear to notify the driver. Remove the foreign substances to allow FCA to function property.
This is not a malfunction with FCA. To operate FCA again, remove the foreign substances. FCA may not properly operate in an area (e.g. open terrain), where vehicles or objects are not detected after turning ON the engine.
LANE KEEPING ASSIST (LKA) (IF EQUIPPED)
Lane Keeping Assist is designed to detect the lane markers on the road with a front view camera at the front windshield, and assists the driver’s steering to help keep the vehicle in the lanes. When the function detects the vehicle straying from its lane, it warns the driver with a visual and audible warning, while applying a slight counter steering torque, in an attempt to prevent the vehicle form moving out of its lane.
⚠ Lane Keeping Assist is a supplemental function and is not a substitute for safe driving practices. It is the responsibility of the driver to always pay attention and drive safely.
- The driver is responsible for being aware of surroundings and steering the vehicle while
employing safe driving practices.
- Do not steer the steering wheel suddenly when the steering wheel is being assisted by the system.
To activate/deactivate LKA: With the ignition switch in the ON position, press Lane Safety button located on the instrument panel on the lower left hand side of the driver. The indicator in the cluster display will initially illuminate white. When the indicator(white) activated in the previous ignition cycle, the system turns on without any control. If you press Lane Safety button again, the indicator on the cluster display will go off.
The color of the indicator will change depend on the condition of LKA.
- White : Sensor does not detect the lane marker or vehicle speed is less than 40 mph (64 km/h).
- Green : Sensor detects the lane marker and system is able to control the steering.
- To see the LKA screen on the LCD display in the cluster, Tab to the DRIVING ASSIST mode ( ).
- For further details, refer to the [menu settings] section in Chapter 4.
- After LKA is activated, if both lane markers are detected, vehicle speed is over 40 mph (64 km/h) and all the activation conditions are satisfied, a green steering wheel indicator will illuminate, and the steering wheel will be controlled.
⚠ Lane Keeping Assist is a system to help prevent the driver from leaving the lane. However, the driver should not rely solely on the function and should always check the road conditions while driving.
BLIND-SPOT COLLISION WARNING (BCW) (IF EQUIPPED)
Blind-Spot Collision Warning uses rear corner radar sensors in the rear bumper to monitor and warn the driver of an approaching vehicle in the driver’s blind spot area. The function monitors the rear area of the vehicle and provides information to the driver with an audible warning and an indicator on the outside rearview mirrors.
- Always be aware of road conditions while driving and be warn for unexpected situations even though BCW is operating.
- BCW is not a substitute for proper and safe driving. Always drive safely and use caution when changing lanes or backing up the vehicle. BCW may not detect every object alongside the vehicle.
(1) Blind spot area BCW range varies relative to vehicle speed. Note that if your vehicle is traveling much faster than the vehicles around you, the warning will not occur.
(2) Closing at high speed BCW-Closing at high speed feature will warn you when a vehicle is approaching in an adjacent lane at a high rate of speed. If the driver activates the turn signal when the system detects an oncoming vehicle, the system sounds an audible warning. Distance from an approaching vehicle can be seen differently according to the relative speed.
(3) RCCW (Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning) RCCW feature monitors approaching cross traffic from the
left and right side of the vehicle when your vehicle is in reverse. The feature will operate when the vehicle is moving in reverse below about 6 mph (10 km/h). If oncoming cross traffic is detected, a warning chime will sound. Distance from an approaching vehicle can be seen differently according to the relative speed.
BCW (Blind-Spot Collision Warning)
The indicator on the switch will illuminate when Blind-Spot Safety button is pressed with the ignition switch ON. If the vehicle speed exceeds 20 mph (30 km/h), the system will activate. If you press the button again, the switch indicator and function will be turned off.
If the ignition switch is turned OFF and ON, the function returns to the previous state. When the function is not being used, turn the system off by pressing the switch. When the function is turned on, the warning light will illuminate for 3 seconds on the outside rearview mirror.
The function will activate when:
1.The function is on
2.Vehicle speed is above 20 mph (30 km/h)
3.Other vehicles are detected in the blind spot area.
The sensors are located inside the rear bumper. Always keep the rear bumper clean for the function to work properly.
RCCW (Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning)
When your vehicle moves backwards from a parking position, the sensor detects approaching vehicles to the
left or right side and gives information to the driver.
Operating conditions to operate
- Go to “User Settings → Driving Assist and select Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning” on the LCD display.
The system will turn on and standby to activate. If you deactivate this function in the cluster, the system will stop.
For more information, refer to the “LCD Display” section in Chapter 4.
If the vehicle detected by the sensors approaches your vehicle, the warning chime will sound, the warning
light on the outside rearview mirror will blink and a message will appear on the LCD display.
The sensor may be limited when the conditions below exist. If there is a problem with BCW, a warning message will appear and the light on the switch will turn off. The system will turn off automatically.
- One or both of the sensors on the rear bumper is blocked by dirt, snow, or a foreign object.
- Driving in rural areas where BCW sensor does not detect another vehicle for an extended period of time.
- When there is inclement weather such as heavy snow or rain.
- A trailer or carrier is installed. (To use BCW, remove the trailer or carrier from your vehicle.)
When using a trailer or carrier behind your vehicle, turn off the system by pressing Blind-Spot Safety button and deselecting Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning from the User Settings mode on the cluster If any of these conditions occur, the light on Blind-Spot Safety button and the function will turn off automatically.
When BCW canceled warning message is displayed in the cluster, check to make sure that the rear bumper is free from any dirt or snow in the areas where the sensor is located. Remove any dirt, snow, or foreign material that could interfere with the radar sensors.
After any dirt or debris is removed, BCW should operate normally after about 10 minutes of driving the vehicle. If the system still does not operate normally, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.
If the system does not work properly, a warning message will appear and the light on the switch will turn off. The system will turn off automatically. In this situation, take your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealer and have the system checked.
DRIVER ATTENTION WARNING (DAW) (IF EQUIPPED)
Driver Attention Warning is designed to warn the driver of potentially hazardous driving situations if it detects
inattentive driving practices.
Function setting and activation
- Driver Attention Warning is set to be the Normal position when your vehicle is first delivered to you from
- To turn ON Driver Attention Warning, turn on the engine, and then select ‘User Settings Driver Assistance DAW (Driver Attention Warning) High sensitivity/Normal sensitivity/Off’ on the LCD display.
CRUISE CONTROL (CC)
Cruise Control allows you to program the vehicle to maintain a constant speed without depressing the accelerator pedal. This system is designed to function above approximately 20 mph (30 km/h).
If Cruise Control is left on, (CRUISE indicator light in the instrument cluster illuminated), Cruise Control can be
switched on accidentally. Keep Cruise Control off (CRUISE indicator light OFF) when Cruise Control is not in
use, to avoid inadvertently setting a speed.
Use Cruise Control only when traveling on open highways in good weather. Do not use Cruise Control when driving in heavy or varying traffic, or on slipper (rainy, icy, or snow-covered) or winding roads, or on roads with an over 6 % up-hill or down-hill grade.
⚠ Do not use Cruise Control if the traffic situation does not allow you to drive safely at a constant speed and with sufficient distance to the vehicle in front.
To set Cruise Control speed:
- Press the Driving Assist button on the steering wheel to turn the system on. The CRUISE indicator light
in the instrument cluster will illuminate.
- Accelerate to the desired speed, which must be more than 20 mph (30 km/h)
- Move down the SET- switch, and release it at the desired speed. The SET speed on the LCD screen will appear. Release the accelerator at the same time. The desired speed will automatically be maintained.
On a steep grade, the vehicle may slow down slightly when driving uphill or speed up slightly while going downhill.
To increase Cruise Control set speed:
Follow either of these procedures:
- Move up the RES+ switch and hold it. Your vehicle SET speed will increase by 5 mph (10 km/h). Release the lever at the speed you want.
- Move up the RES+ switch and release it immediately. The cruising speed will increase by 1.0 mph (1.0 km/h) each time the lever is operated in this manner.
To decrease the cruising speed:
Follow either of these procedures:
- Move down the SET- switch and hold it. Your vehicle SET speed will decrease by 5 mph (10 km/h). Release the lever at the speed you want to maintain.
- Move down the SET- switch and release it immediately. The cruising speed will decrease by 1.0 mph (1.0 km/h) each time the lever is operated in this manner.
To temporarily accelerate with the Cruise Control on:
If you want to speed up temporarily when Cruise Control is on, depress the accelerator pedal. Increased speed will not interfere with Cruise Control operation or change the set speed. To return to the set speed, take your
foot off the accelerator.
To cancel Cruise Control, do one of the following:
- Depress the brake pedal.
- Shift into N (Neutral) with an Intelligent Variable Transmission / Dual clutch transmission.
- Press the CANCEL button.
- Decrease the vehicle speed lower than the memory speed by 12 mph (20 km/h).
- Decrease the vehicle speed to less than approximately 20 mph (30 km/h).
Each of these actions will cancel Cruise Control operation (The SET speed will disappear.), but it will not turn the system off. If you wish to resume Cruise Control operation, move up the RES+ switch. You will return to your previously preset speed.
To resume cruising speed at more than approximately 20 mph (30 km/h):
If any method other than the button was used to cancel cruising speed and the system is still activated, the most recent set speed will automatically resume when you move the lever up. It will not resume, however, if the vehicle speed has dropped below approximately 20 mph (30 km/h).
To turn Cruise Control off, do one of the following:
- Press the Driving Assist button (The CRUISE status on the LCD screen will disappear).
- Turn the ignition off.
Both of these actions will cancel the Cruise Control operation. If you want to resume the Cruise Control operation, repeat the steps provided in “To set Cruise Control speed” on the previous page.
SMART CRUISE CONTROL (SCC) (IF EQUIPPED)
➀ Cruise indicator
➁ Set speed
➂ Vehicle distance
Smart Cruise Control allows you to program the vehicle to maintain a constant speed and predetermined distance to the vehicle ahead without depressing the accelerator or brake pedal.
⚠ For your safety, please read the owner’s manual before using Smart Cruise Control.
Smart Cruise Control switch
- CANCEL : Cancels Cruise Control operation.
- CRUISE : Turns Cruise Control on or off.
- RES + : Resumes or increases Cruise Control speed.
- SET – : Sets or decreases Cruise Control speed. : Sets vehicle distance
Smart Cruise Control speed
To set Smart Cruise Control Speed :
- Press the Driving Assist button to turn the system on. The CRUISE indicator in the instrument cluster will illuminate.
- Accelerate to the desired speed. Smart Cruise Control speed can be set as follows:
- 20 mph (30 km/h) ~ 110 mph (180 km/h)
- Move down the SET- switch, and release it at the desired speed. The set speed and vehicle distance on the LCD screen will illuminate.
- Release the accelerator pedal. The desired speed will automatically be maintained.
If there is a vehicle in front of you, the speed may decrease to maintain the distance to the vehicle ahead. On a steep grade, the vehicle may slow down or speed up slightly while going uphill or downhill. Vehicle speed may decrease on an upward slope and increase on a downward slope.
To increase Cruise Control set speed:
Follow either of these procedures:
- Move up the RES+ switch, and hold it. Your vehicle set speed will increase by 5 mph (10 km/h). Release the lever at the speed you want.
- Move up the RES+ switch, and release it immediately. The cruising speed will increase by 1.0 mph (1.0 km/h) each time you move up the RES+ switch in this manner.
- You can set the speed to a maximum of 110 mph (180 km/h). However, all speed limit laws must be followed.
⚠ Check the driving condition before using the toggle switch. Driving speed sharply increases when you push up and hold the toggle switch.
To decrease Cruise Control set speed:
Follow either of these procedures:
- Move down the SET- switch, and hold it. Your vehicle set speed will decrease by 5 mph (10 km/h). Release the lever at the speed you want.
- Move down the SET- switch, and release it immediately. The cruising speed will decrease by 1.0 mph
(1.0 km/h) each time you move down the SET- switch in this manner.
- You can set the speed to 20 mph (30 km/h).