Meet the Kia Forte 5-Door Antenna Hockey Hatch.
Once again, Kia and Antenna Magazine have collaborated to make a exciting sports version of an already popular family car. This time it was the turn of the Kia Forte. The ice hockey edition features everything you could possibly need from a conventional family car, with the added bonus of cool storage facilities for all your necessary kit.
On first impressions, besides the eccentric electric-blue wheels and that fact it is lowered, you might think there is little difference between the Hockey and its predecessor. Well you would be very wrong.
The Hockey features bucket seats for maximum ride comfort, and the headrests are fitted with monitors, so you can play the latest NHL games, on the integrated games console, while en-route to a match.
Picture from kia-buzz.com
Kia and Antenna have managed to utilise all the available space effectively. I particularly like how they have created a partial-glass rear centre console, which acts as storage for your hockey stick, through the boot.
Not only that, included in the centre console, are two sports bottle holders and a holder for a selection of hockey pucks. Fairly pointless, but nonetheless amusing.
It amazes me how Kia are always thinking of new ideas to improve the functionality. Okay, so lining the foot-wells with full rubber, replicating that of the surrounding rink surface, might not be ground breaking, but it certainly makes the car even more practical for those wet trips to the rink.
Now for the boot space. If this doesn’t leave you open mouthed I don’t know what will!
Every single nook and cranny is filled with storage for your gear. There’s a shelf for you helmet, a rail for you shirt and a compartment for your skates. The look is finished off with neon accenting to match the wheels.
I personally am not a massive fan of the colour scheme. Had Kia chosen to sport this funky little number with black rims as opposed to blue, I think there would be far more people wanting to own one.
This is a highly functional car, packed with features. Probably not that suitable for the ‘school-run-mum’, but I’m sure you wouldn’t think twice about catching a ride with your mates to the game.
I’d love to see Kia releasing far more cars like this, and really taking the meaning of sports hatchback to a new level.