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 Sorento : Interior images and additional specifications revealed

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2015 Kia Sorento : Interior images and additional specifications revealed

Interior images and additional specifications of the 2015 Kia Sorento have been released at its official public unveiling in South Korea. The third-generation Sorento’s cabin takes big steps forward from its predecessor, with an entirely new design and a more spacious seven-seat layout...

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Small SUV Comparison : Nissan Qashqai v Holden Trax v Skoda Yeti v Peugeot 2008 v Kia Sportage
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Small SUV Comparison : Nissan Qashqai v Holden Trax v Skoda Yeti v Peugeot 2008 v Kia Sportage

Call our original small SUV comparison test the elimination round. Earlier this year when we tested this new breed of fully loaded, sub-$30,000 sub-compact ‘softroaders’, the competition was fresh but clearly green (read the full comparison here). Six months on, and the class has shifted up several gears...


Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage
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Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage

Assembled for this mega-test are 10 models that represent one-third of total SUV volume in Australia – and that’s without including sales for the newest contender here and catalyst for this test, the Jeep Cherokee. It looks bold, it’s available only with petrol engines (for now), and it’s priced under $40,000 to compete with the mainstream...


2015 Kia Sorento revealed
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2015 Kia Sorento revealed

The first official images of the 2015 Kia Sorento have been released, revealing the exterior styling of the third-generation seven-seat SUV. The images confirm the production version of the Sorento remains faithful to Kia's official design sketches released earlier this month. The 2015 Sorento’s styling was led by Kia’s Namyang design studio in South Korea with input from its studios in Germany and the US...


2015 Kia Sorento interior teased
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2015 Kia Sorento interior teased

The interior of the 2015 Kia Sorento has been teased ahead of the new-generation SUV's reveal in South Korea in late August, before taking the stage at the 2014 Paris motor show in early October. According to Kia, the interior of the all-new, third-generation 2015 Kia Sorento "will raise the bar for luxury in its segment", with a new wraparound dashboard fascia, upright touchscreen media system and "high quality soft touch materials"...


2014 Kia Sportage Review: Si Premium
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 Kia Sportage Review: Si Premium

Kia finds a nice middle ground between performance and value with a new mid-spec Sportage Si Premium grade

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$29,990

Kia Sportage v Mitsubishi ASX: Comparison review
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Kia Sportage v Mitsubishi ASX: Comparison review

As more buyers move into SUVs, there are plenty of calls for diesel options, even in some of the more compact models on the market. That’s where these two cars come in – the Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi ASX. These two feature-packed diesel SUVs straddle the line between small and mid-sized, and are situated in a similar price bracket to larger all-wheel drive petrol SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail...


2015 Kia Sorento previewed in official sketches
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2015 Kia Sorento previewed in official sketches

Official design sketches of the 2015 Kia Sorento have been released, previewing its exterior styling for the first time. The sketches are similar to unofficial renderings of the third-generation large SUV that surfaced online last week, though look to suggest the new model will feature an even bolder and more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, a more muscular stance, and more heavily swept styling than expected...


2015 Kia Cerato Review: S Premium hatchback
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2015 Kia Cerato Review: S Premium hatchback

The newly added Kia Cerato S Premium may miss out on a gruntier engine, but it makes up for it with plenty of equipment.


2015 Kia Sorento renderings revealed
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2015 Kia Sorento renderings revealed

The unveiling of the 2015 Kia Sorento may still be more than two months away, but these sketches are believed to give an accurate impression of the next-generation SUV’s exterior styling. The renderings, first published by enthusiast blog Kia World, are an artist’s impression of the new Kia Sorento based on spy shots of a heavily camouflaged prototype captured earlier this month...


Kia Cerato sales levels "not acceptable", says COO
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Kia Cerato sales levels "not acceptable", says COO

Kia Australia’s recently appointed chief operating officer Damien Meredith says the company is about to embark on a big push to boost what it considers unacceptably low sales of the Cerato small car. Expanding on Kia’s ambitious plan to almost double its market share in Australia to five per cent before the end of the decade, Mr Meredith singled out the under-performing, 15-month-old Cerato sedan and hatch, as well as the Koup derivative, as the key to making the dream a reality...


Kia targets perception shift and improved sales
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Kia targets perception shift and improved sales

Kia Australia’s new chief operating officer is set to take the South Korean brand in a new product-focused direction as it seeks to increase its market share. Speaking with Australian media in Sydney today, Damien Meredith, a nine-year veteran of sister brand Hyundai, admitted that Kia needed to lift its brand profile and stop focusing on price as a way of getting sales...


Kia Australia considering seven-year warranty
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Kia Australia considering seven-year warranty

Kia is considering a new benchmark for factory warranties in Australia that would back its vehicles for seven years. The Korean brand introduced a seven-year/150,000km warranty across Europe in late 2006 and is now looking to bring the peace-of-mind offering to Australia after years of tinkering with the idea...


2015 Kia Sorento spied prior to Paris motor show debut
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2015 Kia Sorento spied prior to Paris motor show debut

The all-new 2015 Kia Sorento has been caught ahead of the car’s global debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October. The South Korean brand’s seven-seat SUV was spotted by CarAdvice’s spies in the European Alps, and unlike the previous spy shots we’d seen of the Sorento, this version appears to be a heavily camouflaged production model...


Kia Cerato S Premium added to enhanced range
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Kia Cerato S Premium added to enhanced range

The Kia Cerato S Premium has joined the local line-up, bolstering the brand’s small-car range with a well-equipped second-tier variant. The $24,590 Cerato S Premium automatic fills a hole between the entry-level $22,290 Cerato S auto and the previous mid-spec $28,490 Cerato Si auto...


Kia Rondo Review : Platinum
Rating: 7.510 /10
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Kia Rondo Review : Platinum

Dan DeGasperi plays family man to see if the Kia Rondo people mover can outsmart the compact SUV trend.

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$38,990

Kia Grand Carnival Comparison : Petrol v Diesel
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Kia Grand Carnival Comparison : Petrol v Diesel

Tegan Lawson and David Zalstein cover city and highway miles in two versions of Kia's big people-mover to find out which engine choice is best.


Kia Pro_cee'd GT awarded five-star ANCAP safety rating
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Kia Pro_cee'd GT awarded five-star ANCAP safety rating

The Kia Pro_cee’d GT has been awarded the maximum five-star rating from independent safety authority ANCAP. The new South Korean hot-hatch scored an impressive 36.19 points out of 37, making it one of the highest-rated small cars assessed by the local crash test authority...


Sporty hatch comparison : Kia Pro_cee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport
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Sporty hatch comparison : Kia Pro_cee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport

Hot-hatches these days are priced anywhere from the $26,000 to nearly $75,000, from the tiny terror city cars to the new breed of premium-branded European mega-hatches. In between those two price points there’s a lot of space to be occupied, and there’s an emerging class of warm-to-hot-hatches that aim to offer more balanced abilities than their three-chilli compatriots...


Kia Sorento Review: V6 SLi
Rating: 7.510 /10
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Kia Sorento Review: V6 SLi

Jez Spinks sees if the ageing Kia Sorento still stacks up in the competitive seven-seat SUV segment.

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$38,490 to $40,990

Sporty hatch comparison: Kia Procee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport
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Sporty hatch comparison: Kia Procee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport

Two warm hatches from South Korea take on a cut-price version of France's hero hatch...


Kia Sportage pricing and specifications
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Kia Sportage pricing and specifications

The updated Kia Sportage compact SUV has gone on sale in Australia, bringing a revised range and pricing, a new petrol engine and subtle cosmetic tweaks. The new 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine replaces the existing 2.0-litre mill with multi-point injection. It produces 122kW of power at 6200rpm and 205Nm of torque at 4000rpm, upping its pulling power over the old engine by 8Nm...


Best Cars for P-Platers: city car options

Best Cars for P-Platers: city car options

Learning to drive is one of the most eagerly anticipated rites of passage for any young adult. Freedom, fun and adventure are all finally within reach and getting the keys to your first car is something you’ll never forget. Choosing the right first car is vital. The statistics are scary: P-platers are the highest risk group when it comes to road crashes, particularly in the first six months...

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$18,290

Best Cars for P-Platers: We take a look at four of the best options for city driving
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Best Cars for P-Platers: We take a look at four of the best options for city driving

It's something you'll never forget. Getting your license and getting behind the wheel of your first car. There are so many options and for young drivers it can be overwhelming. We asked a group of L-Platers and P-Platers, doing a Driver Dynamics training day, to give us their thoughts on 4 small cars.


Kia Carnival Design Interview with Peter Schreyer
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Kia Carnival Design Interview with Peter Schreyer

Alborz Fallah chats with Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer, about the difficulties he faced making a good looking large people mover.


Kia roadster dreams shelved for higher-volume models
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Kia roadster dreams shelved for higher-volume models

Kia designer Peter Schreyer’s dream of creating a roadster has seemingly been dashed, with a leading company executive ruling out a convertible for the foreseeable future. Kia overseas marketing chief Lee Soon-nam told Automotive News the South Korean car maker needed to focus on strengthening its image and brand awareness before toying with niche models...


Kia Rio Special Edition arrives in Australia
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Kia Rio Special Edition arrives in Australia

The Kia Rio city car line-up has seen the addition of a new Special Edition model. The Kia Rio Special Edition is based upon the 1.4-litre four-cylinder entry-level S model, but according to the South Korean brand it gains $1000 worth of extra equipment...


People Mover Comparison : Citroen Grand C4 Picasso v Honda Odyssey v Kia Rondo v Toyota Prius V
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People Mover Comparison : Citroen Grand C4 Picasso v Honda Odyssey v Kia Rondo v Toyota Prius V

People movers are unlikely to rate a mention when manufacturers talk of ‘niche’ products. Yet seven-seater medium-sized vans sell only 10 per cent the volume of similarly priced SUVs in this country, so they really are the alternative option for families needing to move more than five...


Kia GT4 Stinger Concept at  NYIAS 2014
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Kia GT4 Stinger Concept at NYIAS 2014

Alborz Fallah takes a look at the gorgeous GT4 Stinger concept car that shows the future direction of Kia design.


Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9
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Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9

In 2013 large SUV models formed the fourth most popular segment in the country. Fast forward to first quarter 2014 and the large SUV class is now the second most popular, overtaking utes and light cars. Australians clearly love big, high-riding practical cars, purchasing more than 10,000 large SUVs each month. Seven of the top 10 selling large SUV models are tested here...