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.
Kia GT heading to showrooms from 2016 - report

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Kia GT heading to showrooms from 2016 - report

If reports are correct, a slinky four-door vehicle based on the Kia GT concept will be heading into showrooms around the world from the end of 2016. Unnamed Kia executives have told Edmunds that a production car based on the GT concept car, which was revealed back at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, will be heading into showrooms from 2016 onwards...

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Kia Sorento: runout SUV gets free family pack
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Kia Sorento: runout SUV gets free family pack

The runout Kia Sorento has scored a free family pack valued at $3400 to sweeten the deal on the ageing SUV before the new model arrives early next year. The Sorento’s family pack includes an alloy nudge bar, side steps, tow bar kit, cargo mat, floor mats and weather shield set. It is standard on all Sorento models across the outgoing range...


2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely
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2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely

The next-generation 2015 Kia Optima – which is expected to debut in 2015 – will remain true to the current car in terms of its design, but is expected to bring with it a wealth of technical changes including a high-tech diesel hybrid drivetrain, a wagon body style and new turbo models for Australia...


Kia Rio hot-hatch: 186kW go-fast model planned
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Kia Rio hot-hatch: 186kW go-fast model planned

A hot-hatch version of the Kia Rio could become a reality in its next generation, and it could harness more power than the established players. A lot more. According to Jurgen Grimm, head of powertrain development in Hyundai Motor Europe, a new turbocharged sporty version of the Rio relies heavily upon the same derivative of the new-generation i20 making it to production...


Kia Pro_cee’d GT could soon gain dual-clutch option
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Kia Pro_cee’d GT could soon gain dual-clutch option

The Kia Pro_cee'd GT may soon become more desirable to considerably more car shoppers, as the brand has confirmed plans to add a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Jurgen Grimm, head of powertrain development for Hyundai Motor Europe (encompassing both Hyundai and Kia brands), told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show that a pair of dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs) would be rolled out in 2015, and indicated that the Pro_cee’d GT is one of the cars that could receive a new self-shifting 'box...


2014 Kia Sorento - first look
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2014 Kia Sorento - first look

2014 Paris motor show - Tony checks out the all new Kia Sorento 7-seat SUV - due to arrive in Australia next year...


Kia Soul expected to spawn new compact SUV
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Kia Soul expected to spawn new compact SUV

The Kia Soul could soon form the basis for a new compact SUV from the South Korean brand. Speaking to CarAdvice at an event prior to the 2014 Paris motor show, Kia president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer suggested that the boxy Soul has potential to be turned into something more desirable to potential baby SUV buyers. “Sure we could...


Skoda Rapid v Kia Cerato : Comparison review
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Skoda Rapid v Kia Cerato : Comparison review

European cars are expensive, Korean cars are cheap. Well, that’s how the generalisation used to go at least. Yet here we have the new Skoda Rapid that, at $18,990, is the most affordable European small car on the market, and is actually $1000 cheaper than the South Korean-made Kia Cerato that falls just $10 beneath the crucial $20K barrier...


The Big Small Car Challenge - Skoda Rapid v Kia Cerato
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The Big Small Car Challenge - Skoda Rapid v Kia Cerato

Two of the most affordable small cars get thrown into three big challenges to see which hatchback can best tackle the urban grind.


Kia Picanto back on the agenda for Australia
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Kia Picanto back on the agenda for Australia

The tiny Kia Picanto micro car is back on the radar for an Australian launch, according to the company’s general manager of media and corporate communications, Kevin Hepworth. The Picanto has been an on-again, off-again proposition for the South Korean brand ever since its international debut in 2011, but according to Hepworth there’s something brewing that could make the Picanto a more likely addition to the Kia line-up in 2015...


Kia Australia introduces seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assist
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Kia Australia introduces seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assist

Kia Australia has confirmed the introduction of a new seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assistance program that positions the South Korean brand as the industry leader for ownership. The company claims the seven-year program - dubbed 7-7-7, "sets a new standard for customer care in the Australian automotive landscape", with the warranty for Kia vehicles now extended from five years to seven - with unlimited kilometres...


2015 Kia Sorento: new images and engine details revealed
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2015 Kia Sorento: new images and engine details revealed

New images and updated engine details for the 2015 Kia Sorento have been revealed ahead of the SUV’s local arrival in the first quarter of 2015. The all-new Sorento has been confirmed to be powered by a pair of engines when it goes on sale here, including a new 3.3-litre petrol V6 with up to 198kW of power (exact outputs to be confirmed), and a revised 2...


2015 Kia pro_cee’d GT gains satellite navigation option
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2015 Kia pro_cee’d GT gains satellite navigation option

An updated version of the Kia pro_cee’d GT has introduced satellite navigation as an option on the base version of the car. The touchscreen navigation system utilises a 7.0-inch infotainment unit that doubles as the car’s media controller. It also acts as a display for the pro_cee’d GT’s standard reverse-view camera...


Kia Optima T-Hybrid: diesel hybrid concept to debut in Paris
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Kia Optima T-Hybrid: diesel hybrid concept to debut in Paris

A new type of Kia Optima will be showcased at the 2014 Paris motor show, with the South Korean brand to unveil the new Kia Optima T-Hybrid "ahead of future mass production". The Optima T-Hybrid combines the existing 1.7-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine offered in the mid-size sedan in the European market with a 48-volt lead-carbon battery, electric motor and electric supercharger...


2015 Kia Rio revealed
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2015 Kia Rio revealed

The updated 2015 Kia Rio city car has been revealed ahead of its international debut at the 2014 Paris motor show later this week. The revised Rio brings a number of styling adjustments, the most notable being its rear bumper assembly which adopts a bold lower plastic section...


2015 Kia Rio to debut at Paris motor show
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2015 Kia Rio to debut at Paris motor show

A revamped version of the Kia Rio hatchback will be revealed at the 2014 Paris motor show in early October. No images of the car have yet been released, but the brand has confirmed the 2015 Kia Rio will see a "slight visual makeover" including revised exterior styling and an updated cabin...


2015 Kia Optima : First look at updated medium sedan
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2015 Kia Optima : First look at updated medium sedan

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a prototype of the heavily updated Kia Optima testing on public roads in Germany. The shots show a silver prototype with black cladding across all major panels, suggesting Kia’s designers have made big changes to the 2015 Optima’s exterior...


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...


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
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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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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...