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Kia Picanto hangs onto five-star ANCAP rating after local audit test

In a close call, analysis of an audit crash test carried out in June this year has seen the 2016 Kia Picanto hold onto the five-star ANCAP safety rating it was awarded in May. CarAdvice attended the audit crash test, which was conducted at Crashlab in Huntingwood, New South Wales...

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2017 Kia Rondo facelift unveiled - UPDATE
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2017 Kia Rondo facelift unveiled - UPDATE

Update - Kia's local arm has confirmed details for the Australian-market Rondo update will be announced in the coming weeks. See article for details. The facelifted Kia Rondo has been revealed and detailed ahead of its public unveiling at the 2016 Paris motor show...


2017 Kia Soul gets turbo engine and new equipment - UPDATE
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2017 Kia Soul gets turbo engine and new equipment - UPDATE

Update - Kia's local arm has confirmed the turbocharged Soul won't be coming to Australia, though exterior and interior revisions will be part of a 2017 update coming soon. See article for details. The 2017 Kia Soul will soon have, dare we say it, a bit more soul - but not for our market, it seems...


2016 Kia Carnival Platinum Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Kia Carnival Platinum Review

Need extra seats? Why squish into a seven-seat SUV when the eight-seat Kia Carnival offers so much more space and comfort? People-movers have come a long way.

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$58,290

2017 Kia Rio detailed ahead of Paris premiere
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2017 Kia Rio detailed ahead of Paris premiere

Key details of the new 2017 Kia Rio have been revealed for the European market, giving an indication of what we can expect when the new hatch arrives Down Under early next year. The all-new Rio was first revealed a fortnight ago, adopting a more premium, less cutesy look than its predecessor...


2016 Hyundai i30 Active v 2017 Kia Cerato S
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2016 Hyundai i30 Active v 2017 Kia Cerato S

The hugely popular Hyundai i30 takes on the fresh-faced Cerato in price-busting entry-level forms. We find out which is the finest and best-value Korean five-door.


Kia reveals new eight-speed automatic transmission
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Kia reveals new eight-speed automatic transmission

Kia has released details of its new eight-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles, marking a first for the Korean car maker. The company says its new shifter has been engineered to offer "a high level of mechanical efficiency", taking up the same space as a conventional six-speed auto while weighing 3...


Kia Australia setting the sales charts alight
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Kia Australia setting the sales charts alight

Kia Australia is powering along to a massive 2016 sales result, with year-to-date (YTD) figures up an impressive 28 per cent over the equivalent time period last year. With 28,551 units sold so far, Kia is now ensconced in the top-ten brands list — alongside Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai, Holden, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Volkswagen, Subaru...


2017 Kia Rio GT rendering transforms new hatch into pocket rocket
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2017 Kia Rio GT rendering transforms new hatch into pocket rocket

A speculative rendering of a hotted-up 2017 Kia Rio GT has surfaced online, offering one vision of how a hotted-up - but still to be confirmed - version of the all-new Rio could look. Created by independent artist X-Tomi Design, the Kia Rio GT borrows several styling cues from its larger Optima GT and Sportage GT-Line (Platinum) siblings, giving the hatch a very athletic look...


2017 Kia Rio revealed, Australian debut due first-quarter next year
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2017 Kia Rio revealed, Australian debut due first-quarter next year

The wraps have come off the 2017 Kia Rio five-door hatch today, a month out from its global debut at this year's Paris motor show. For this all-new generation of Rio, Kia has returned its light hatch to a more conventional two-box design, moving closer to the traditional hatch shape...


2017 Kia Rio previewed ahead of Paris debut: Australian debut set for early next year
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2017 Kia Rio previewed ahead of Paris debut: Australian debut set for early next year

A set of fresh new teaser sketches for the upcoming 2017 Kia Rio has been handed down today, just hours after revealing spy photos first hit the wire. As those earlier shots hinted and these new sketches confirm, the face of the new 2017 Rio will borrow design cues from its larger Optima stablemate...


2017 Kia Rio drops camouflage in new spy photos - UPDATED
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2017 Kia Rio drops camouflage in new spy photos - UPDATED

The all-new 2017 Kia Rio has been spied testing once more, this time with a far lighter layer of camouflage at the front end revealing a good deal more of the hatch's finer details. Last spied in January, the new Rio is expected to debut later this year or early in 2017 as a timely replacement for the current third-generation model that first appeared at the 2011 Geneva motor show...


2017 Kia Soul update revealed in Korea: Australian revisions due by year’s end
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2017 Kia Soul update revealed in Korea: Australian revisions due by year’s end

A mildly-updated 2017 Kia Soul has been revealed on the company’s Korean website, bringing a lightly refreshed look and new interior options for the boxy hatch. While the differences are subtle, the new Soul sports a revised front bumper for a toughened, SUV-like look with a faux skid plate, and more pronounced fog lights...


Hot Kia cee’d racer previewed for TCR series - video
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Hot Kia cee’d racer previewed for TCR series - video

The Kia cee’d GT, five-door twin to the three-door Pro_cee’d GT that left Australia last year, is gearing up for the 2017 TCR International Series touring car championship - and it looks tough. Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) is an Austria-based company that is Kia’s authorised developer for the TCR racing series, and has released a video of its upcoming Korean track car...


Kia considering killing off diesel hybrid project - report
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Kia considering killing off diesel hybrid project - report

Kia may stop development of a new diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain, which it previewed at the 2014 Paris motor show. Albert Biermann, head of high performance development at Hyundai and Kia, has told Autocar that although the "research project [into a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain] is still going on", there are doubts as to whether it's worth pressing on in light of ever tougher emissions regulations and the negative impact of the Volkswagen Group's Dieselgate scandal...


Six features of new cars that make parenting easier

Six features of new cars that make parenting easier

Children and cars can be a stressful combination - and it doesn't seem to matter whether you're heading off on a long-distance trip or ducking out for what should be a quick trip to the shops. Some days, being a parent is challenging and anything that makes your day a little easier is much appreciated...


2016 Kia Rondo Platinum Review
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2016 Kia Rondo Platinum Review

The Kia Rondo isn't an SUV and it isn't quite a people-mover, either. Regardless of segment, though, it's a versatile, clever, value-for-money way to move the family in style.


Kia Sportage GT, light hot-hatch on the cards - report
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Kia Sportage GT, light hot-hatch on the cards - report

Kia is considering a go-fast GT-badged version of its Sportage SUV, according to reports overseas, along with at least one new hot hatch. Albert Biermann, Kia and Hyundai's performance development boss, told press in Korea this week company hopes to add performance variants for most of its core models...


Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander v Kia Sorento Platinum v Mazda CX-9 Touring v Nissan Pathfinder ST-L comparison
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Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander v Kia Sorento Platinum v Mazda CX-9 Touring v Nissan Pathfinder ST-L comparison

Sales of large family crossover SUVs continue to boom, and buyers in the market are faced with a bewildering array of options. Here we gather four of the better-selling offerings, headlined by the most recent arrival to the class — the new-generation Mazda CX-9 out of Japan...


Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima get five-star ANCAP ratings
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Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima get five-star ANCAP ratings

Front-drive versions of the Suzuki Vitara small SUV, plus the Kia Optima mid-sized sedan range, this week received five-star ANCAP safety ratings. Neither of these mid-tier sellers had ratings before. The Hungary-sourced Suzuki Vitara managed a good rating of 35.79 out of 37 against 2015 ratings (for reference, the top-selling Mazda CX-3 managed 36...