CUTE KIA PICANTO IS AN IDEAL URBAN CAR

Kia Picanto is the smallest car in the high-flying Korean brand’s range. It has been on sale here since 2016 and currently, with more than 80 per cent of total sales, it dominates the – admittedly very small – micro car market segment. Small city cars have historically been poor sellers in Australia with its sprawling suburbs and cheap fuel which is a shame as these small and affordable economy cars are really all that many urban dwellers need. The primary buyer profile for Picanto will be late-teen / early… Read more

KIA RIO GT-LINE REVIEW

As fuel costs seem to be up and down almost on a daily basis and there’s the continuing anxiety about COVID-19 quite a few people are moving down in car size and price. Kia Rio is one of those that appeal to them so we’ve just spent a week in one to get a feel for it. Significant upgrades of the popular Kia small car, with a strong emphasis on technology and infotainment are intended to give it an even better position in this hard-fought sales arena. STYLINGThe updated Rio… Read more

MAZDA CX-8 SPREADS ITS SUV WINGS WITH THE ASAKI

The new Mazda CX-8 is the vehicle for which the phrase ‘middle of the road’ (or dirt track) was coined. The sports utility vehicle slots in mid-range between the CX-5 and CX-9 with ease while offering diesel power to the mix. Now with eight variants, the entry-level CX-8 Sport petrol front-wheel drive comes in below 40 grand (just) at $39,910, plus on-road costs, while the halo is carried by the Asaki diesel all-wheel drive at $65,440. The latter was the test car. The latest upgrade for 2020, the second since… Read more

NEW GENERATION KIA SORENTO IS VERY IMPRESSIVE

New Kia Sorento has just been launched in Australia. It’s aimed at those looking for the comfort of a sedan / people mover type vehicle, not simply an SUV. The fourth generation of Kia’s popular Sorento SUV is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation ‘N3’ SUV platform. It is wider and than its predecessor and sits on a longer wheelbase so can accommodate seven people in comfort, and a significant amount of luggage. Even with all seven seats in place, boot space is 32 percent larger than… Read more

2021 KIA STONIC

Kia Stonic is a compact crossover / SUV. It has been on sale in other markets since 2017 and if finally coming to Australia, arriving here in second generation format late in 2020. Exact local specifications are yet to be advised, as is pricing. There are many interesting features in the just updated European models, though not all may apply in this country. An 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Display Audio or optional Satellite Navigation depending on vehicle specification. Bluetooth multi-connection lets users connect up to two mobile devices at the… Read more

NEW KIA SORENTO SPECIFICATIONS PREVIEWED

An almost all-new Kia Sorento SUV is about to be launched in Australia and will feature significant items of the latest in technology. It’s coming in four grades; GT-Line, Sport+, Sport and S in both diesel and petrol models. The diesels will be available first, petrols within months. The new Sorento’s safety and equipment upgrades start at the entry-level S model with the front centre side airbag (between driver and passenger). Sorento Sport has a 10.25 inch touchscreen (Apple Carplay, Android Auto and multi connection Bluetooth). The Sport+ grade has… Read more

NEW GENERATION KIA CARNIVAL

Kia Motors Corporation has released photographs of the company’s fourth-generation Carnival people mover. More than two million Carnivals have been sold worldwide since the first generation launched 21 years ago. And the Carnival completely dominates its market segment in Australia. Kia designers have dubbed their new model a ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’. It is almost an SUV in the shape rather than a ‘mere’ people mover. At the front, the Carnival’s integrates high-tech headlamps into a huge version of Kia’s iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Carnival has an ‘island roof’ design, with blacked-out… Read more

KIA PICANTO REFRESHED

Kia Picanto has received a comprehensive enhancement to exterior design in the sporty GT-Line and GT. The front has been revised to them a more purposeful design. The Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grille has a more assertive appearance, as has the lower air intake.The rear bumper design is new and there are dual exhaust tips. The entry level Picanto S model has upgraded MFR halogen headlights with the GT-Line and GT featuring Projection halogen headlights, with a sculptured front foglights. As a final styling tweak, the GT-Line and GT models ride on… Read more

UPGRADED KIA RIO

Significant upgrades have been announced for the ever popular Kia Rio that will go on sale in July. There’s a strong emphasis on infotainment, with a larger 8-inch Audio-Visual Multimedia Unit with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection, eliminating the previous need for cable connection. Kia Rio Sport and GT-Line models have a new 4.2-inch colour cluster displaying all the important driver information in one central location. The GT-Line models have a full Climate Control and Automatic Window Defogger which will operate whenever the climate control system is on…. Read more

SPORTAGE GT-LINE TAKES AN UPSWING

Kia has built a creditable sports utility vehicle lineage on the foundations of the Sportage for almost thirty years and there’s no sign of it waning. The fourth generation of the mid-size SUV has been tweaked. These days one of the South Korean auto makers most popular lines, the MY20 Sportage comes to market in Australia as S, SX, SX+ and GT-Line variants powered by four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines mated with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions (petrol), eight-speed auto (diesel) and front or all-wheel drive. Prices start… Read more