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2017 Kia Rio S review

I had spent a number of years driving a W202 C240 Mercedes that I had purchased second hand on an online auction. This was the most comfortable car I had ever had the pleasure of owning. I later passed the W202 onto my son, and because I have always had a passion for French cars, I purchased a Renault Lagune dCi II, also cheaply via auction...

2017 Kia Picanto S (AEB) review

Long term car ownership is not something in which I am terribly familiar. Whilst I won’t bore you with the details, this example of Kia’s smallest offering is my longest owned vehicle, so I thought it would be good to show how perceptions have changed from it being a brand-new car with 80 kilometres on the clock, to one with now over 36,000km...

2017 Kia Stinger GT review

I’ve been tempted to write a Stinger review for a while, but since so many people have already reviewed it, I thought I would wait a while, pile more kilometres on it and focus more on a longer-term ownership review. An ownership review of a newish car or something that you’ve owned for only a couple of weeks is maybe pointless since the purchase of the vehicle in the first place is a sign that you have a preference for such vehicle or maybe the brand in general...

2017 Kia Cerato S review: The rental

I don't own this car, as it was a rental, but I did drive it for over 10 hours and did 800kms in the thing. This is about as long as I have travelled in any car I haven't personally owned, yet I won't make any comments on reliability. However, I can say that I think if you need something practical and have about $15-$17k in your pocket, one of these would be great...

2011 Kia Sorento SLI (4x4) review

At the start of 2011, our Honda Odyssey was approaching 200,000 kilometres, and was starting to develop some high servicing costs and reliability issues, so we decided to look for a suitable replacement. We looked at a Nissan X-Trail, Toyota Prado and Kluger, Mitsubishi Pajero, Ford Territory, Hyundai Santa Fe and a Skoda Superb...

2017 Kia Carnival Platinum Review

Let’s begin with a family background. So five kids, within seven years. We had a Mercedes GL350 7-seater, but with the cost of ongoing maintenance and the kids climbing around inside it, we thought it was time for a van for my wife. My daily driver is an 8-seater Land Cruiser 200 series. But with such a small boot, it is not suited to a young family with a pram and the daily grind...

2014 Kia Sorento Platinum (4x4) review

This is a follow up of my earlier review here on CarAdvice. The previous review was submitted at the one-year mark. I have now owned my Kia Sorento for four years, and I would like to share my experiences over those years. At the risk of repeating myself, we were looking for a family hauler at the end of 2014...

2017 Kia Stinger GT (Red Leather) review

After months of consideration about what my next car should look like, I finally arrived at the non-negotiable selection of a four-door high-performance coupe with enough practicality to be a daily drive around town. This meant taking the leap of ruling out all SUVs and wagons, which really doesn’t leave you with much of a shopping list...

2018 Kia Stinger GT (Black Leather) review

This is a car that is just plain fun to drive. It’s wonderful on corners and acceleration is never an issue – there is just zero lag off the mark. If, like me, you like the note from your exhaust to actually make a decent sound, instead of the whisper-quiet factory version, then pay the extra and get the mod done by the dealer – totally worth every cent...

2017 Kia Optima GT Nav review

I wrote a review of my Kia Optima GT shortly after I bought it, so I thought I would give an update on progress now that I've had it for about 12 months. It's still only done about 10,000km which has consisted mostly of about six or so long trips. I absolutely love this car and am extremely happy with it...

2018 Kia Sportage SLi (FWD) review

The Kia Sportage is a handsome, reliable and well-thought-out car. We picked up our new Kia after having 11-and-a-half months of absolute pain and horror with our Haval H6 Lux. It was love at first sight when we picked up our new Kia: the presentation of the vehicle, quality of the build, and smooth handling helped form an instant bond with this car...