KIA ‘SPORT’ WIDE OF THE MARK

Strange how words become devalued. Icon, for example, originally was ‘a painting of a sacred personage’. Through time this has wasted from being an admired stereotype to mean merely a graphic on a computer screen representing an instruction or menu option. Use by Kia of the word ‘sport’ for the Cerato 2.0 seems an odd misuse too. Sport in automotive terms conjures up something special in a vehicle, especially to do with performance. In the case of the Cerato 2.0 Sport hatchback test vehicle at $25,790, plus on roads, the… Read more

KIA AUSTRALIA SPECIAL EDITIONS

Kia Stinger Carbon Edition in Neon Orange

Kia Motors Australia has released a pair of distinctive Special Editions. Sorento Black Edition sits on 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels, has a gloss black grille, gloss black roof racks, dark chrome door garnish and black side mirror covers. There are also Ice Cube LED fog lights, black front and rear skid plates, panoramic sunroof and privacy glass. The Black Editions are available in both 2.2 diesel ($52,490 drive away) and 3.5-litre petrol ($48,990 drive away). They’re offered in four colours: Clear White, Silky Silver, Aurora Black and Snow White… Read more

KIA MODEL MAKEOVER FOCUSES THE STING

After less than two years on the Australian market, price updates, extra equipment and a streamlined model line-up feature in a refreshed 2020 Kia Stinger performance liftback range. In March 2018, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist were added as standard equipment to the entry-spec Stinger 200S and 330S, resulting from a poor three-star ANCAP safety rating. The upgrade means a five-star rating now applies to the whole Stinger range. Kia Australia deleted the mid-spec Stinger Si grade from the range in July for the 2020 model year, leaving just… Read more

NEW SELTOS IS KIA’S SMALLEST SUV

Just launched in Australia Kia Seltos is smaller than the very popular Kia Sportage. It features a chunky shape that’s well removed from mainstream designs. Of particularly interest are the very high lines at the rear-sides. 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. For Australia, Seltos is available in four specification levels: S, Sport, Sport+ and GT Line. The S, Sport and Sport+ front-wheel drive are powered by a four-cylinder… Read more

2019 KIA RIO GT-LINE

Kia Rio is a small five-door hatch that’s been around since the start of the millennium and has been slugging it out some of the big hitters in what is one of the most hard-fought sales segments in Australia, sub-$25,000 small cars. The latest , fourth-generation, version of the Rio first arrived here in January 2017 and received a major upgrade in November 2018 with styling tweaks and updated drivetrains including an all-new turbo-petrol engine. Three models are offered, Rio S and Sport come with a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol… Read more

KIA SELTOS: ADVANCED INFORMATION

Kia Seltos is an all-new SUV from the South Korean manufacturer. Teaser information has been provided to the media in preparation for it going on sale in Australia in October. Seltos is smaller than the Kia Sportage but the dimensions are yet to made public. Photographs show its lines are chunky and certainly standout from mainstream shapes in this hotly contested market segment. Of particularly interest are the very high lines at the rear-sides. Kia tells us, “Seltos stands apart from its rivals thanks to its sophisticated, sporty design and… Read more

GT A FINELY BALANCED CERATO FRONT RUNNER

Kia continues its love affair unabated with ‘G’ and ‘T’ (No, not the alcoholic beverage, the sporty suffix). Hot on the heels of the Picanto GT and various GT-Line models, the Cerato came up with a ‘GT’ variant. Does it earn it? Added to this is a multi-link independent rear suspension, the work of a local ride-and-handling team of engineers tasked with matching the car with Australia’s wide-ranging road surfaces. Sport mapping added steering sharpness and weighting, as well as more precise shift points in Sport Mode, combine with a… Read more

RIO IN ‘LINE’ TO KICK ON FOR KIA

Kia has done work on the Rio, realigning its hatchback to meet the demands of an increasingly sophisticated market. The Rio has upgraded drivetrains and revised its levels, the Si and SLi models being sidelined to make way for the new Sport. The latter featuring a six-speed automatic transmission in place of the old four-speed gearbox. While the range-topping GT-Line takes up a glad bag of goodies including a feisty 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated with Kia’s own seven-speed dual clutch automatic. The entry-level Rio S is unchanged, with the 74… Read more

KIA FINE TUNING GIVES BIRTH TO BABY ‘GRAND’

Why, you might wonder, has Kia added a hero car with limited appeal (manual transmission only) to a cluttered, highly competitive compact car market? The answer is: because it could. The model in question is the Picanto micro and the latest addition to the range, the GT. According to Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith the company was happy with how the Picanto had gone over its three years of on sale Down Under. “With that in mind it seemed like the right time to give an opportunity… Read more

KIA GRAND CARNIVAL 2006 – 2017

2011 Kia Grand Carnival

Kia Grand Carnival first arrived in Australia in January 2006. The ‘Grand’ title is well deserved. It’s not only significantly larger than the older Carnivals (that stayed on sale alongside the Grand for a while), but also more sophisticated internally and in the way it rides and handles. The original Grand Carnival stayed on the market for nine years, perhaps a little too long as many competitors were becoming increasingly more modern than the 2006 Carnival. That all changed in January 2015 as the new model, so good is it… Read more