The all-new Kia Niro is a small SUV that’s available in two efficient FWD electrified powertrains, the Hybrid Electric (HEV) and full Electric (EV). It features a strong influence from the 2019 HabaNiro concept car. It has the latest evolution of Kia’s signature Tiger Face grille which extends from the bonnet to the bumper. A bold skid plate and cladding enhance the car’s rugged character. The second-generation Niro offers a choice of eight exterior colours across the range including Cityscape Green which is new to Kia’s colour pallet, Snow White… Read more


Kia Australia has confirmed the Hybrid GT-Line FWD and AWD has joined its Sorento range. This makes it the only vehicle available in Australia to offer naturally aspirated petrol, diesel, HEV and PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid). “Sorento already provided one of the most versatile, practical and spacious large SUVs on the market and now in an industry first, it also offers Australian buyers the most diverse powertrain lineup to choose from within a model range,” said Kia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith. “The addition of PHEV and HEV options to the… Read more


Late in 2021 Kia launched the fifth generation Sportage mid-sized SUV. The Gens 3 and 4 were big seller in Australia for many years, frequently topping the sales charts in its class. Not just topping them, but leaving the others in its class so far behind that their marketing departments must have been close to tears. The Gen 5 Kia Sportage is sold in four variants, entry-level S, mid-spec SX and SX+ and top-grade GT-Line. Our review car for the week was the SX. STYLING. The front has a much… Read more


The Kia EV6 is an impressive piece of engineering that not only reduces harmful emissions but also provides a quiet, spacious interior and high levels of comfort and clever technology. Electric vehicles are the way of the future, after all we will eventually run out of fossil fuels – but never run out electricity if it’s produced by harnessing energy from the Sun. Okay the Sun will run out of energy in about five billion years and swell up and swallow the Earth. But that’s a problem for our great,… Read more


When you’re on to a good thing, it’s time to charge more for it. At least that is the philosophy Kia seems to have adopted with its popular boy racer Cerato GT. When the car was released, it was $31,990 driveaway for hatch or sedan, a bargain for the kind of performance it offered. Cerato GT is still a good thing, but not the bargain it once was, as the price has steadily crept north. Nowadays, you’ll pay $36,990 — or about 15 per cent more for the same thing…. Read more


The Kia EV6 has taken out the European Car of the Year. A 59-member jury (there were 61 before the two Russian judges were removed!), made up of automotive journalists from 23 (now 22) European countries, selected the winner from seven models that had made it to the round of finalists in the first voting last November. With the trophy for The Car of the Year, the Kia EV6 wins the most prestigious and coveted award in the automotive world, presented since 1964. “It’s a nice surprise to see the… Read more


The much-anticipated Kia EV6 SUV has now arrived in Australia. It’s the Korean carmaker’s first dedicated electric vehicle. Kia EV6 is built on the Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric-Global Modular Platform and joins the Hyundai Ioniq 5 which has been on sale here since June 2021. Other Kia, Hyundai and Genesis models will follow, including Kia EV4 and EV9. Like the Stinger sports sedan before it, the EV6 marks a significant step in the expansion of Kia from its traditional relatively conservative base into more adventurous territory. EV6 comes in three… Read more

KIA SPORTAGE 2005 – 2001

Kia Sportage has been an enormous sales success in Australia, topping the charts more times than competing companies care to think about. As we went to press a virtually all- new model had just been announced. This is likely to many older models to be traded in, so there is likely to be a glut on the market. So, Kia dealers probably need to sell the trade-ins to stop their yards being cluttered – and sell them for lower than average prices. No promises, though… The first Kia Sportage was… Read more


Sorento seats seven and is the largest of Kia’s SUVs. Now in its fourth generation, it comes in four grades and with a choice of three powertrains. There’s a 3.5-litre petrol V6, 2.2-litre turbo diesel and now a 1.6-litre turbo plug-in petrol- electric hybrid, with ultra-low emissions. It’s the only large, mainstream SUV on the market to offer the option of all three drivetrains, but it comes at a premium — and is it worth it? STYLING Sorento is big, comfy, well-equipped, easy to drive and light years from Kias… Read more


Kia Niro is a small to medium-sized, five-seat SUV that comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric form. All things considered, this is the first electric vehicle we’d actually consider buying. As a daily driver, it’s doable — and here’s why. STYLING Niro is priced from $39,990 for the hybrid, but the one we are interested in — the Niro Pure Electric — starts from $62,590. There are two grades to choose from: S ($62,590) and Sport ($65,990). Premium paint adds $520 and includes all colours apart from Clear White… Read more