KIA CERATO 2013 – 2018

2015 Kia Cerato hatch

Kia Cerato is a small-medium South Korean car that’s becoming ever more popular in Australia. This has been partly due to the stunningly long seven-year warranty, but the car itself has been significantly improved since the first models arrived here in 2004. Originally, Cerato was rather plain it is shape but the third generation, launched here in April 2013 has a lot more oomph its lines and sales were strong from day one. These are the models we will be covering in this week’s Used Car Checkout. Kia Cerato is… Read more

THOROUGHBRED WITH STING IN THE TAIL

Like a scorpion, the sting of the latest Kia sports sedan is in the tail, where 272 kW and 510 Nm are delivered to the road, and hence to the rear wheels of the Stinger 330S. Mated with Kia’s own-design eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels via a mechanical limited-slip differential, the latter gives the car its high-performance pedigree with a claimed sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, using launch control, and a top speed of 270 km/h. This has led to its uptake by police… Read more

NO HIDING PLACE FOR KIA’S COCKY COMPACT SUV

If Seltos thought it could sneak under the Sportage into Kia’s sports utility vehicle line-up, it needs to think again. Replete with cutting-edge technology in an unmistakable edgy skin, plus practical safety features and space, it’s hard to ignore the new Kia compact SUV. Australia has not had to wait long for the Seltos being the third market after South Korea and India to welcome the wagon. “There has been a space in our product line-up for this car for longer than we would have ideally liked,” says Kia Motors… Read more

KIA WINS WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR DOUBLE

Kia Soul EV

Kia Motors Corporation has won a double at the 2020 World Car Awards with the Kia Telluride named ‘World Car of the Year’ and the Kia Soul EV ‘World Urban Car’. The Kia Telluride was rewarded by the judging panel for its distinctive design and impressive practicality. The World Car of the Year title represents the first time a Korean car has won the prestigious award. The fully-electric Soul EV was named the ideal car for the city by the jury, combining zero-emission performance and impressive electric range with a… Read more

NEW KIA SORENTO DETAILED

Kia has provided extensive details of its Sorento SUV that’s coming to Australia in several stages from June this year. It’s bang up to date, being the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation ‘N3’ midsize SUV platform. It will be Kia’s most high-tech car ever, thanks to its progressive connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment technologies. The front of the Sorento evolves with a new interpretation of Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger nose’ grille, displaying a wider shape that wraps around the integrated headlamps. The headlamps themselves feature a new ‘tiger… Read more

COP THIS! STINGER SLIPS EASILY INTO RAPID RESPONSE

The Stinger continues to earn its stripes in the pursuit of the forces of evil as a car of choice for police, with the Northern Territory the latest recruit for Kia’s sports sedan with the ability to run down lawbreakers. Queensland police began the ball rolling, becoming the first law enforcement agency in the world to use the Stinger as an operational intercept and road command vehicle, nudging out the traditional now-extinct Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon. Western Australia followed suit, with NT recently jumping on the bandwagon, taking on… Read more

KIA STINGER SPECIAL EDITION

Kia has introduced the Special Edition Stinger Night Sky. Based off the 3.3-litre bi-turbo GT, it features an all-new light grey Nappa leather interior trim and a standard dealer-fit bimodal exhaust. Available in an exclusive three-colour range of Micro Blue, Deep Chroma Blue and Aurora Black Pearl, the Night Sky Edition is listed as $63,500 RRP, positioning it $710 above the GT and $1290 below the GT Carbon Edition. As with all Kia cars, the Stinger GT Night Sky Edition has a 7-year new car warranty with 7-year capped price… Read more

FIRST OFFICIAL IMAGES OF NEW KIA SORENTO

Kia has revealed the first official images of the new Kia Sorento. The design incorporates sharper lines and uninterrupted surfaces giving it what the South Korean company says is, “a more confident, more mature and more desirable design”. In profile, the proportions of the Sorento are subtly adapted to make it appear longer, with shorter front and rear overhangs and a longer wheelbase. It has Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger nose’ grille with ‘tiger eye’ LED daytime running light. The next-generation model is based on an all-new platform, raising standards in the… Read more

KIA SPORTAGE 2005 – 2018

2011 Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage was what the purists call a ‘real’ 4WD when launched here way back in1996. That’s because it had a ladder frame chassis and dual-range 4WD system making it suitable for genuine off-road operations. Many 4WDs became increasingly softer so were retagged as being SUVs, and later crossovers. Kia was quick to follow the trend and from April 2005 the Sportage has a car-type monocoque body. However, there’s a fair bit of strengthening under the floor so it can handle hard dirt road running. Ground clearance is about midway… Read more

2020 KIA SELTOS GT LINE

Kia Seltos is the Korean company’s new entrant in the rapidly expanding small SUV market. It joins big brother Sportage and aims to pull sales away from the big-selling, low-priced Mitsubishi ASX, as well as others in a crowded field. It’s well priced, with the Seltos S FWD at $25,990 and the Seltos GT Line AWD for $41,990 – driveway in both cases. Seltos is offered with two-wheel-drive (the front wheels) as well as AWD, with the latter it can be termed an SUV rather than simply a tall hatch…. Read more