Kia K4 Hatchback Is On The Way

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, Automotive Editor - March 28, 2024
Kia K4 Sedan

While sedans aren’t nearly as popular as SUVs in the U.S., automakers attempt to give small cars a versatile edge by offering them in hatchback body styles. Mazda, Honda, and Toyota all offer their compact cars in both sedans and hatchback body styles. Kia recently unveiled the all-new K4 sedan, which is set to be the replacement for the aging Forte, and now, the automaker is taking the wraps off of the K4 hatchback.

Kia continues to have a well-rounded lineup of sedans and is looking to rejuvenate its compact line with the new K4. Unlike the current Forte, Kia will offer the K4 in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Furthermore, Kia confirmed that the 2025 Kia K4 hatchback, which was revealed at the New York Auto Show, has been confirmed to be available in the U.S.

Unsurprisingly, the K4 hatchback looks similar to the K4 sedan. Both share the same angular headlights, sharp front fascia, r-shaped taillights, and sporty rear bumper. The K4 hatchback separates itself from the K4 sedan with an upright rear end and a black horizontal trim piece on the D-pillar for a floating roof design. Unlike other compact hatchbacks in the class, the K4 hatchback has a more squared-off hatch design that makes it look more along the lines of a shooting brake than a hatchback.

Kia K4 Dashboard

Kia didn’t share any specs for the K4 hatchback, but we expect the compact hatchback to have more cargo space than the K4 sedan and even the K5 sedan. The latter has 16 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk.

With the K4 hatchback being based on the K4 sedan, we expect the two models to share the same powertrains. The base engine with the K4 hatchback should be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 190 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque should be available.

With the K4 sedan and K4 hatchback set to replace the Forte, we expect pricing for the vehicles to be close to the Forte, which currently starts below $20,000. The K4 has an expected starting price tag of around $22,000. The K4 hatchback will compete against rivals like the Honda Civic hatchback, Mazda3 hatchback, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla hatchback.

Pictured: Kia K4 Sedan

Source: Motor1

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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