Kia

Kia is a South Korean brand originally established in 1944. When paired with its sister company Hyundai, the two brands rank as the fifth-largest manufacturer in the world. Kia is pitched as the more youth-oriented brand of the two, with its cars generally aimed at a younger demographic. Its most famous vehicle is the Rio city car, though nameplates such as Cerato, Optima, Sportage and Sorento also continue to gain popularity as the company continues to transcend its budget image with a range of attractively designed models. Kia is one of only a handful of manufacturers in Australia to offer a five-year factory warranty.
2015 Kia Carnival Review:: Platinum diesel
  • Extensive equipment list including plenty of safety kit; huge and clever interior with enough space for eight adults; excellent storage options through the cabin and in the boot; punchy diesel drivetrain
  • Over-shoulder vision not great; four-star ANCAP could put some buyers off; media system not as high res in some aspects as it perhaps should be

OUR RATING
8.5 / 10

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2015 Kia Carnival Review: Platinum diesel

It's the dearest model in the 2015 Kia Carnival range, but the Platinum variant is a lot of car for the cash.

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SUV v MPV: Kia Carnival v Ford Territory
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SUV v MPV: Kia Carnival v Ford Territory

SUVs are more popular now than ever before – and seven-seat models remain a top choice for buyers with young kids.

But for similar money, those who need practicality ahead of potential off-road ability have options they may not have previously considered.

We’ve brought together two closely priced models to see which is a better family buy – the Ford Territory Titanium and the Kia Carnival Platinum...


2016 Kia Optima revealed in first official image
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2016 Kia Optima revealed in first official image

The 2016 Kia Optima has shown its face for the first time just days out from its official unveiling at next week’s 2015 New York auto show. The new-generation Optima represents a design evolution, building on the styling of the current model that kicked off Kia’s uprising in 2010...


2015 Kia Optima previewed ahead of Big Apple debut
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2015 Kia Optima previewed ahead of Big Apple debut

The 2015 Kia Optima will premiere at the New York motor show on April 1, but to tide us over, the Korean brand has issued a pair of teaser renderings. These images, as well as the Sportspace wagon concept from the Geneva motor show earlier this month and spy shots we have previously run, show that new next-generation Optima will sport an evolutionary design that will retain the signature sharpness of the current model...


Kia Carnival v Honda Odyssey : Comparison review
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Kia Carnival v Honda Odyssey : Comparison review

Shifting a big family on a budget must rate as one of the toughest and most rewarding tasks in the automotive landscape. Here the brand new Kia Carnival and the most popular contender in the people-mover class, the Honda Odyssey, pack in eight seats with space to spare all for the price of a demonstrably less roomy SUV...


Emergency Stop Signal explained
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Emergency Stop Signal explained

Vehicle safety is becoming ever more paramount, so it's reassuring to know that high quality technology is filtering its way down from high-end models into more affordable vehicles...


Kia Pro cee'd GT Emergency Stop Signal
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Kia Pro cee'd GT Emergency Stop Signal

Stop suddenly? In many new cars like the Kia pro cee'd GT, the brake light will flash rapidly to give other drivers additional warning.


Kia Rio v Toyota Yaris : Comparison review
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Kia Rio v Toyota Yaris : Comparison review

Buying a light car on an extreme budget is something that thousands of buyers do every year in Australia, and here we’ve assembled two of the picks of the crop to see which value-focused five-door hatchback deserves your dollar. The just-updated 2015 Kia Rio S has seen a range of changes inside and out – revised bumpers, a new-look grille and a re-trimmed interior being the chief talking points...


Production Kia Sportspace now on Australian agenda, will be 2016 Optima wagon
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Production Kia Sportspace now on Australian agenda, will be 2016 Optima wagon

The production version of the stunning Kia Sportspace concept — aka a wagon version of the new-generation Optima —  will come to Australia by mid-2016, something that until recently appeared unlikely...


Kia Sportspace concept details released
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Kia Sportspace concept details released

New images and details of the Kia Sportspace concept wagon have been released ahead of the car's international debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show next week. The stylish new Kia Sportspace mid-sized show car is claimed to be "neither saloon car nor wagon", "neither hatchback nor shooting brake", stating that "it is neither meant to be, nor does it look like, a load-lugger"...


2015 Kia Carnival review
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2015 Kia Carnival review

The 2015 Kia Carnival is the most practical and technologically-advanced people mover for the money, but do its paper credentials justify its purchase?

As far as people movers go, it’s a segment that has been eroded by the popularity of SUVs, which provide similar levels of practicality without van-like characteristics...


2015 Kia Carnival Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Kia Carnival Review

Is this the best people mover in the segment? We find out.

Priced At
$41,490 - $59,990

2015 Kia Carnival pricing and specifications
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2015 Kia Carnival pricing and specifications

The 2015 Kia Carnival is available in four grades with pricing starting from $41,490 for the base model S in petrol and tops out at $59,990 for the platinum diesel. The new Kia Carnival, which drops the ‘Grand’ from its predecessor’s name, is an entirely new vehicle from the ground up, with the South Korean brand using the same platform as the upcoming Sorento for its latest people mover...


2015 Kia Cerato Review : LT1
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Kia Cerato Review : LT1

On paper the Kia Cerato hatch is one of the best value-for-money small cars on the market.

Priced At
$24,990

Kia to refund owners after ACCC rules on 'misleading' capped-price servicing program
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Kia to refund owners after ACCC rules on 'misleading' capped-price servicing program

Kia Australia will refund customers who have been misled and unfairly charged by its capped-price servicing program following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The South Korean car maker agreed to make changes to the terms and conditions of its capped-price servicing program and reimburse existing owners who were forced to pay above the service price that applied when they purchased their vehicle...


Kia Cee'd GT Line revealed with 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox
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Kia Cee'd GT Line revealed with 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox

It looks a lot like a five-door version of the Kia Pro_cee'd GT, but the new 2015 Kia Cee'd GT Line is something of a sheep in wolf's clothing. The new model debuts the brand's 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine produces 90kW and 172Nm and is available with a six-speed manual gearbox. GT Line models powered by the brand's 1...


Kia Sportspace concept to premiere in Geneva, previews Optima wagon
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Kia Sportspace concept to premiere in Geneva, previews Optima wagon

This is the Kia Sportspace, a luxurious concept car that will preview a new Optima wagon when it makes its public premiere at the Geneva motor show on March 3.  Announced last week but revealed in full today, the D-segment concept — parlance for a mid-sized car — is the 11th concept car created by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt...


Kia Trail'ster takes Soul off-road with turbo e-AWD drivetrain
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Kia Trail'ster takes Soul off-road with turbo e-AWD drivetrain

The Kia Trail'ster concept has been unveiled at the Chicago motor show with a turbocharged motor and an electric all-wheel-drive system. Based on the Kia Soul, the Trail'ster concept takes the tall-boy hatchback and adds a whole bunch of off-road styling cues. The concept isn't all show and no go, though. Under the bonnet, the Trail'ster houses a 1...


Kia Optima concept to be revealed at Geneva motor show
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Kia Optima concept to be revealed at Geneva motor show

A new concept sedan that is set to form the basis for the next-generation Kia Optima will be uncovered at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March. A teaser image of the new model has been released by the brand, with Kia stating the "new D-segment model" - which is the 11th concept car created by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany - offers up "confident, powerful lines that sweep elegantly from Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille towards the rear of the vehicle"...


Kia Trail'ster : Turbocharged, AWD Soul-based hybrid concept teased again
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Kia Trail'ster : Turbocharged, AWD Soul-based hybrid concept teased again

Kia has released another teaser image of its new Soul-based concept car and confirmed it will be badged the Kia Trail’ster when it debuts at next week’s Chicago motor show. The latest image (featured above) shows the bottom half of the Trail’ster concept tackling a dirt track. It comes a week after Kia released the initial teaser of the car’s front end ploughing its way through a snowfield...


2016 Kia Cee'd GT spied
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2016 Kia Cee'd GT spied

The facelifted 2016 Kia Cee'd GT has been spotted during cold weather testing in Europe - and that could mean things will heat up for the locally offered Kia Pro_cee'd GT, particularly in terms of its sales. The updated Kia model is set to see the introduction of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, something that Kia Australia has suggested could prove vital to the success of the manual-only Pro_cee'd GT...


2015 Kia Picanto revealed ahead of Australian market debut
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2015 Kia Picanto revealed ahead of Australian market debut

  The 2015 Kia Picanto city car has been unveiled ahead of its potential introduction to the Australian market. The facelifted Kia Picanto is set to be uncovered at the 2015 Geneva motor show, and while the brand hasn't officially confirmed the car for local sale, we'd expect to see it hitting local showrooms late in 2015...


2015 Kia Rio S Premium Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2015 Kia Rio S Premium Review

The updated 2015 Kia Rio has arrived. We test the new S Premium version.

Priced At
$17,690 - $19,690

Kia Soul concept to gain electric AWD system, off-road styling at Chicago show
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Kia Soul concept to gain electric AWD system, off-road styling at Chicago show

The Korean company will unveil an off-road concept,based on the Kia Soul, at the upcoming Chicago motor show in early February. Kia isn't saying too much about the concept car at this stage, except that it will sport an "advanced and capable electric all-wheel drive" system...


2016 Kia Sportage spied : New-look SUV set to debut new engine tech
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2016 Kia Sportage spied : New-look SUV set to debut new engine tech

Our European spies have spotted the next-generation 2016 Kia Sportage outside the Hyundai Kia Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, ahead of the new model hitting the market next year. At first glance the shape of the new Kia Sportage appears similar to the model it replaces, though there are subtle changes all over the body of the car that indicate this is indeed an entirely new model...


Kia Australia would like 'K' model naming structure
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Kia Australia would like 'K' model naming structure

Kia Australia believes renaming its model line-up would be a logical step to help reduce confusion in the market. Speaking in Melbourne this week, Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith confessed Kia’s model names were largely unknown to the average car buyer, particularly the Cerato small car that competes in the most popular segment in the country against the likes of the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla...


Kia Australia set to improve brand perception
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Kia Australia set to improve brand perception

Kia Australia is set to focus on brand building and lifting its profile as it seeks to become a more mainstream brand with consistency in its consumer-facing communication. Speaking in Melbourne this week, Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith admitted that Kia "had been on sale for too long in Australia" and it was now time to fix its struggling brand perception...


2014 Kia Soul Si: week with Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2014 Kia Soul Si: week with Review

Check it out now - The CarAdvice Melbourne team get a funk Soul brother for the week. Does it work out?


2015 Kia Rio: Pricing and specifications
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2015 Kia Rio: Pricing and specifications

The updated 2015 Kia Rio range is now on sale — at least partially — bringing to the table subtly revised styling, some minor cabin tweaks and a second round of Australia-specific ride and handling calibration.  The line-up that Kia launches this week gets a new front and rear bumper design, a new grille pattern, different alloy wheels designs, a revised centre instrument fascia and audio unit design, and metallic-look headlights...


2015 Kia Picanto facelift leaked
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2015 Kia Picanto facelift leaked

Images of the 2015 Kia Picanto have appeared online, revealing the updated styling of the micro car that appears on track to finally launch in Australia towards the end of this year. The facelifted Picanto - badged the Kia Morning in South Korea - gets a slimmer ‘tiger nose’ grille and a redesigned front bumper with a larger lower air intake and new foglights and housings – changes that make it more closely resemble the larger Rio city car...