I just checked out the EX version of the Kia / Naza Forte this afternoon. That's the basic spec, with a 1.6L engine. IMHO, for the price, it definitely offers a lot more bang for the buck than "traditional" favourites like the Honda City and the Toyota Vios. Even this basic model comes with dual airbags, ABS, keyless entry system and an electronic chromic mirror. How can you beat that??? For just RM 6,000 more, the 1.6 SX spec will give you these extras : - 17" alloy rims - rear disc brakes - Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which consists of Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), ABS and Traction Control System (TCS) - UV-cut glass windshield - leather-wrapped steering wheel - telescopic steering - Full Auto Air-Conditioning System (FATC) - Rear Parking Assist System - Button Start and Smart Key System The ultimate is the 2.0 SX spec which, for RM 12,000 more, gives you : - side and curtain airbags - leather seats - Motor Driven Power Steering (which they claim improves fuel efficiency) - a more powerful 2.0L engine, of course! The Forte looks about the same size as the Proton Persona and Honda City. But inside, it's remarkably spacious - there's a comfortable amount of leg room at the back, and the boot is cavernous for a car that doesn't look all that big. The downsides are its Naza marque (who doesn't hate it?), the use of hinges in the trunk (boot), the lack of an immobilizer and the lack of leather seats for the 1.6 SX model. Seriously, it's time to junk the hinge and use gas lifts! Changing the marque from Kia to Naza is like naming a beautiful woman Dorothea. Ughhh! What's with Naza anyway? If you want your name on a car, design and make your own damn car la... Slapping your name on someone else's car won't make your name worth a dime more! Worse still, it will likely reduce the car's resale value. Kia used coupled torsion beam for the rear suspension (a variant of the suspension used in tanks!) which allows for the phenomenally large and flat trunk (boot). However, just like the Nissan Latio which uses torsion beam rear suspension, the ride is likely to be a little harsh. Haven't had the chance to test drive it, but if I have to choose between the Honda City, Toyota Vios or this Kia Forte, I would take the Forte any day. Absolutely no competition when it comes to value for money. Of course, you will have to forget about resale value... This one will be a double whammy. 1 - Korean cars have always had lower resale value (for no logical reason). 2 - the Naza marque will shave the resale value further. However, it is possible that the Forte may be the first Korean car to buck the trend. It may be popular enough for resale value to be pretty good. Oh, one more reason to hate Naza. They are only offering you a two-year or 50,000 km warranty on the Forte, whichever is earlier. Unless you drive exclusively within a city / town, that really means the Forte comes with a one-year warranty.