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BIG DAY OUT FOR KIA AT ABC AWARDS

March 1, 2016 / Uncategorized

Sorento doubles up as Optima joins in the fun.

Kia’s multi award-winning Sorento has picked up another brace of accolades while the stylish Optima GT has also joined the gold rush at the annual Australia’s Best Cars awards ceremony.

Sorento was voted the best in the AWD SUV $50,000-$60,000 category and backed that up by topping the podium in the Family Wagon (2WD) category. To round out the day Kia’s new Optima GT Turbo won the judges hearts in the Medium Under $50,000 category.

Sorento doubles up as Optima joins in the fun

“The acceptance of Sorento by Australia’s new car critics has been little short of sensational,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said. “To add not one, but two, Australia’s Best Car awards to the list of awards is as humbling as it is exciting”.

“Then for the Optima GT to also finish as a winner is just the icing on the cake”.

Australia’s Best Cars is judged by experts from the motoring organisations in each state under the auspices of the Australian Automobile Association.

The judges assess each of the finalists in the various categories on their value, safety, performance and fitness for purpose among a host of other considerations.

For the Family Wagon segment, the ABC judges felt that across the entire ownership spectrum the Sorento “ticks the right boxes”.

“In Short, Kia has managed to blend the things people love about a large high-riding SUV with the functionality and versatility of a traditional people mover, the judging panel said.

In the battle for the AWD SUV $50,000-$65,000 crown the judging panel felt that Sorento’s improvements in refinement and technology, along with the class-leading running and repair costs, were the keys to an award-winning performance.

“With its increased size, refinement, equipment and powerful but efficient turbo-diesel, it’s no wonder the Platinum is the most popular Sorento, the judges noted.

For the Optima GT in the Medium Car Under $50,000 category it was again the quality and refinement of Kia’s new turbo petrol hero that won the day. “Quietness is again an element of the premium feel, and it is here that a lot of Kia’s research and development dollars have been spent to get it right, the judges offered.

“The new 2.0L turbo-charged direct injection petrol engine is powerful yet it still does well on the environment front.”

The Optima’s outstanding value for money equation was also worthy of mention by the judges: “Add an industry-leading 7-year transferable warranty and the Optima is very hard to beat in a class where the buyer is particular about what they are getting for their money.”

Unlike most of the Car Of The Year Awards, the ABC Awards are open to any car on sale in Australia, not just those launched in the consideration year.

Sorento, backed by Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year Warranty and capped price service program, had previously been named as the Cars Guide Car Of The Year, Drive’s Best Family SUV, Behind The Wheel’s Car Of The Year and OzRoamer magazines Best SUV Over $60,000.

The surprise winner of the Carsguide Car Of The Year for 2015 is a victory for families

December 4, 2015 / Uncategorized

Champion … The Kia Sorrento SUV has been named the 2015 CarsGuide Car of the Year. Picture: Thomas Wielecki

THE Kia Sorento family SUV has won the Carsguide Car Of The Year for 2015, defeating early favourites including European luxury models and the world’s best-selling sports-car.

The panel of seven judges voted unanimously for the seven-seat family SUV after exhaustive testing during the year, and a final shootout over two days which included thousands of kilometres of real-world driving.

Kia, which is the sister company to Hyundai, is just outside the Top 10 sellers list in Australia but this is the second win for the brand in five years after the Kia Rio hatch won in 2011.

“Kia have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years,” said Carsguide editor Richard Blackburn.

“They’ve lifted their interior design, they’ve used Australian engineers to tune their suspension for local conditions and their diesel engines are on par with some of the best for refinement.”

The Mazda MX-5 sports car, known for its fun-to-drive character and new low price, was an early favourite to take out the top prize.

The contenders … But there can only be one winner. Picture: Thomas Wielecki

So too was the just released Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV, which is based on the same underpinnings as last year’s award winner, the Mercedes C Class sedan.

The $49,990 Kia Sorento SLi diesel took out the award because it excelled among its direct rivals in terms of value, low running costs and its industry-leading seven-year factory-backed warranty.

When the final counting was done, the judges also determined that the Kia also stood out among European SUVs costing twice the price.

“The Sorento can hold its own in any company. If you’re still put off by the badge on the nose, it’s your loss,” said Mr Blackburn.

The other contenders for Carsguide Car Of The Year in 2015 included the new Volkswagen Passat sedan, Ford Ranger ute, Jaguar XE sedan, Mazda CX-3 city SUV, Audi RS3 hot hatch, Volvo XC90 luxury SUV, BMW X1 compact SUV, and the Holden Commodore SS-V Redline sedan.

Written by Joshua Dowling, National Motoring Editor, News Corp Australia Network
The Daily Telegraph

Hail Sale On Now!

December 3, 2015 / Uncategorized

Kia Sorento 2015 Review via Carsales

August 25, 2015 / New Kia Car Reviews

Kia Sorento

Slightly bigger and more refined, the new Kia Sorento has arrived in local showrooms. So too has its dearer list price: the entry-spec Sorento Si now begins at $40,990 – a $2000  increase over the outgoing model. On test here is the popular mid-range Sorento SLi, complete with frugal turbo-diesel engine and on-demand all-wheel drive. The full-size family-friendly SUV arrives as standard with seven seats and a six-speed automatic transmission, and is priced from $49,490 (plus on-road costs).

When a manufacturer says its new model is more refined, it’s either marketing spin or an admission the old one wasn’t – or sometimes both.

Now I woudn’t say the previous Sorento was unrefined; in fact, it was a really good thing. But the latest Sorento is just so much better that simply saying it’s “more refined” is an understatement of the highest order.

Utilising Hyundai-Kia’s ‘N’ platform – which it shares with the new Carnival – the Sorento brings evolutionary styling changes and minor revisions to the driveline of the UM-series range. Taken at face value you’d be forgiven for thinking the changes aren’t worthwhile. But drive the car and you’ll find a revolutionary improvement in dynamism, ride comfort, road holding and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).

Kia has done well to insulate the cabin from unwanted mechanical noise, and suppressed road, wind and tyre noise to the point that the Sorento now rivals the hushed interiors of many comparably-sized prestige SUVs. The body and wheelbase are longer than before (+90mm and +80mm), which appears to have improved stability, as well as benefitting passenger and cargo space. The second-row seats are now generously proportioned, while the third-row rivals the Pathfinder for space (growing +15mm). There’s also an increase in cargo capacity, the room behind the third row growing to 320 litres.

But it’s the Australian-tuned chassis that is probably the most noticeable gain. Take away the glitz of the tech-heavy cockpit, comfortable pews and stylish body and it’s the feeling of the altered suspension geometry that gives the Sorento a noticeable edge. Compared to the current-gen Santa Fe (on which the previous Sorento was based), it’s evident the Sorento has a more supple ride, while feeling very nearly as eager in hard cornering. There’s plenty of feedback to the driver, too; though the contrast of the steering wheel’s hard plastic between 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock feels awkward as it slips and grips past the softer-touch leather.

Rougher dirt roads and poorly maintained C roads also prove a pleasure in the Sorento. You tend to flinch on approach to larger potholes in SUVs spec’d with largish alloy wheels, but the Sorento SLi (on 18-inch alloys) – and for a couple of days the Sorento Platinum (on 19-inchers) – felt unfussed on such roads, taking even larger craters in their stride. I think Ken Gratton was right when he said the Sorento offered a “convincing” ride/handling blend in his launch review.

The Sorento, like many in its class, features a MacPherson strut (front) / multi-link (rear) suspension arrangement, is stopped by four-wheel disc brakes, and directed by electric steering. All are well tuned for family use, the progressive brake pedal comfortably achieving soft stops (and holding them thanks to an Auto Hold function) and the multi-mode electric steering feeling dampened to the level you might expect from a high-priced German.

Less Germanic, and indeed less American, is the Sorento’s R-Series turbo-diesel engine. With a 2.2-litre displacement the four-cylinder unit makes a competitive 147kW and 441Nm, though it’s not as gutsy as some of its competitors, like the (much dearer) new Audi Q7 (with 200kW and 600Nm) or the Jeep Grand Cherokee (184kW and 570Nm). Performance is best described as progressive or linear, yet still perfectly adequate for our draconian speed limits. The other upshot is that efficiency scores quite highly, a mix of city and freeway driving returning an average of 7.6L/100km.

The Sorento’s cabin is very presentable and appears to feature higher-grade materials than was previously the case. The use of monotone hard plastics is now less evident, broken by carefully crafted geometric lines and trim garnishes. The layout of secondary switchgear is logical and the infotainment and ancillary systems easy to use. Though I did find the lack of turn-by-turn instructions in the instrument panel a little disappointing considering how lavish it otherwise looks.

Both grades of Sorento sampled felt generously equipped for the money, the SLi being particularly good value. Dual-zone climate control, a decent audio system, seamless Bluetooth connectivity and cruise control are all very welcome, though I reckon electric seat adjustment could have squeezed in for the price.

Vents to all three rows are also a nice touch, as is third-row windows little kids could actually see out of (take note, Hyundai). On the downside, the second-row seats don’t fully tumble forward, which makes entry and exit to the third row tricky for adults. Fortunately the Sorento’s third row can be access via both the passenger’s and driver’s sides, which makes things a little safer when getting the littlies in from a kerb-side park (take note, Nissan).

Of course the Sorento also offers the expected number of cup and bottle holders, plenty of knick-knack storage, and a good number of USB ports and 12-volt outlets. It’s also good to find a matching alloy spare wheel up back, stowed under the floor so you don’t have to empty the boot in case of a flat.

As a quiet-riding seven-seater with families front of mind – and with one of the most comprehensive after-sales packages in the business – the Sorento makes a lot of sense. It’s a practical, economical and capable SUV with enough bling to satisfy even the most discerning family buyer. If you haven’t considered a Kia before, you’d be silly not to now.

2015 Kia Sorento SLi pricing and specifications:
Price:
$49,490 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 2.2-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo-diesel
Output: 147kW/441Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Fuel: 7.8L/100km (ADR Combined)
CO2: 205g/km (ADR Combined)
Safety Rating: Five-star ANCAP

What we liked:
>> Family-friendly packaging
>> Improved ride, dynamism
>> After-sales considerations

Not so much:
>> Slight price increase
>> Folding action of second-row seats
>> No turn-by-turn info in instrument panel

More information on the review can be found via Carsales.com.au

High praise for Kia Venga after 100,000Km test

October 22, 2014 / Uncategorized

Germany’s highly very popular and highly respected car magazine Auto Bild has described the Kia Venga as “the dream of every buyer” after completing a worry-free 100,000Km long-term test.

After driving the Kia Venga 1.4 Litre CVVT EcoDynamics model over two years, the testers praised its incredibly roomy family-friendly cabin, high driving position, large entry and exit openings, practical sliding rear bench seat and very quiet engine during city driving.

Throughout the entire two year test, the Venga’s engine required no oil top-ups between servicing, the transmission was worry free and reliable and the car was still braking perfectly with its original pads and discs even after two years of city driving. Breaking the Kia Venga down into its numerous components with the help of experts from DEKRA (German motors vehicle inspection association), the magazine’s team investigated and examined the parts in detail and revealed only one prosthetic fault – a small crack in the front fog lamp socket which would cost less than 60 dollars to replace.
Of the 97 cars subjected to Auto Bild’s long-term test since 2000, the Kia Venga has been ranked an incredible second, marking its position as one of the most reliable and satisfying cars to own.

Concluding its six-page report on the Venga. Auto Bild stated, “The problem-free Kia Venga just runs, without a worry or complaint and with complete reliability. The practical Korean car scores a dream result and its easy approach to technology makes it a role model and the new benchmark – what’s not there can’t go wrong or break.

Kia New 7 Year Unlimited Kilometer Warranty.

October 22, 2014 / Uncategorized

On the first on October 2014 Kia announced possibly the biggest game changer the Australian market has ever seen, they Increasing their warranty to an unbelievable 7 year unlimited kilometer warranty. The new warranty provided my Kia Motors means that new motorists from the first of October will be covered by the warranty till October 2021, on top of that customers also receive 7 years capped price servicing and 7 years roadside assist.

The capped price servicing that Kia provides is fantastic, they will not only provide their customers with a log book service but they have also included the parts and labor for a brake fluid change every two years and a map update package for the first two years as well but they have also agreed to changing the pollen filter whenever it needs to be replaced at no extra cost to the customer.

The nationwide roadside assist that Kia provides is through Assist Australia, which delegates jobs down to RACQ, NRMA and RACV on the east coast. This means that in each state of Australia you will be taken care of by the major provider 24/7 no matter how big or small the job is. The road side assist is provided to the customer for the first 12 months but will be renewed at each yearly service to insure that customer gets the benefits of the full warranty, capped price servicing and road side assist packages.

This new warranty does leave some people asking the question “what if I picked my vehicle up on the 30th of September”, Kia does understand that with a great new update to their product that they can’t update previous customers warranty but what they can do and have done is increase all current Kia customers capped price servicing and roadside assist to 7 years to help with the adjustment.

The only thing that is left to wonder is will the other manufacturers increase their warranty to compete or will they let Kia take the market by storm? All I know is that any manufacturer with a three year warranty will need to step their game up or they will be left to the side.

Show us your Kia rocking your city #KiaYourCity

October 16, 2014 / Uncategorized

Every day, Kia engages with fans from 172 different countries around the world, and their enthusiasm for the Kia brand has been truly amazing. In appreciation of all of our global fans, we have been running a series on Kia’s official worldwide Facebook page called #KiaYourCity featuring Kia vehicles captured in some of the world’s most beautiful cities. The response has been remarkable, with fan photos pouring in from around the globe showing Kia rocking cities everywhere. In this dedicated BUZZ post, we would like to express our gratitude to our fans and offer you a virtual world tour through photos shared by Kia owners on our digital channels.
From the vibrant cities of the Middle East to the breathtaking scenery of Europe, Kia fans have covered it all.

Kia Sorento posing in front of the Torch Hotel, a landmark in Doha, Qatar

Kia Soul in one of the vast deserts of Kazakhstan

Kia cee’d speeding along a highway in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Kia cee´d SW having a rest in Førdedalen, Norway

sportage-riga-lavita

Kia is always curious about the part our vehicles play in their owners’ daily lives. We are grateful for the close looks at the lives our global fans have offered through the #KiaYourCity campaign. Thank you all for sharing pictures of your Kia, and please keep them coming! Your city may be featured on our next social media posting.

Kia rises nine spots on 2014’s list of 100 Best Global Brands

October 16, 2014 / Uncategorized

After being named one of Interbrands Best Global Green Brands earlier this year, Kia Motors has jumped to number 74 on the definitive list of 100 Best Global Brands. This is nine spots ahead of last year’s ranking on the annual list put out by international brand consultancy Interbrand, which ranks the world’s most valuable brands. Moreover, Kia’s brand value has skyrocketed about 480% since 2007, after hiring Peter Schreyer as chief design officer and placing design at the core of its management philosophy.

Peter Schreyer speaks to the media at the 2014 Paris Motor Show
Additionally, high-profile marketing campaigns including sponsorship of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and Australian Open 2014 tennis championship as well as recent new product launches (including the Soul EV) have all contributed to this year’s significant increase in brand value.

Interbrand attributes Kia’s “continued branding efforts, expressed in the slogan, ‘The Power to Surprise’” as having led to a successful repositioning “from a ‘low cost alternative’ brand to one that appeals to more design conscious consumers, or those who value an emotional connection to brands.” And fittingly so, we have recently launched new sensory branding campaigns, including Taste of Kia and a trademark Kia sound signature.
Kia Motors vows to continue to step up our game in maintaining our image as a fun and exciting brand that resonates with our fans all over the world.

High praise for Kia Venga after 100,000Km test

October 16, 2014 / Uncategorized

Germany’s highly respected and popular car magazine Auto Bild has described the Kia Venga as “the dream of every buyer” after completing a trouble-free 100,000Km long-term test.
After driving the Kia Venga 1.4 Litre gasoline CVVT EcoDynamics model over a period of two years, the testers praised its spacious family-friendly cabin, high driving position easy entry and exit, versatile sliding rear bench seat and quiet engine during city driving.

Throughout the test, the Venga’s engine required no oil top-ups between servicing, the transmission was completely reliable and the car was still braking well with its original pads and discs at the end of the two years. Stripping the Kia Venga down into its numerous components with the help of experts from DEKRA (German motors vehicle inspection association), the magazine’s team examined the parts in detail and revealed only one minor fault – a cracked front fog lamp socket which would cost less than 60 dollars to replace.

Of the 97 cars subjected to Auto Bild’s long-term test since 2000, the Kia Venga has been ranked second, marking its position as one of the most reliable and satisfying cars to own,

Concluding its six-page report on the Venga. Auto Bild stated, “The problem-free Kia Venga just runs, without complaint and with complete reliability. The practical Korean car scores a dream result and its simple approach to technology makes it a role model, a new benchmark – what’s not there can’t break or go wrong.

This is an exact article taken from Kia Motors Vision 21 Issue 129.

Google View offers an inside look at Kia in Paris

October 16, 2014 / Uncategorized

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is still in full swing until next week, and the Kia booth has a total of 23 cars on display for all visitors to see! Not in Paris? No worries! All Kia fans can now get a Kia Virtual Tour of the Kia booth in Paris thanks to Google View. Google View allows all Kia fans to visit the Kia displays at the Paris Motor Show from the comfort of their own home, even getting a peek inside the all-new third-generation 2015 Kia Sorento, the enhanced Kia Rio and Venga models, and the revolutionary Optima T-hybrid concept and the Soul EV!
Powered by Google View, Kia Virtual Tour displays general information about each vehicle model, and gives fans a full 360° overview of the exterior and interiors of all the latest Kia vehicles. This way, you won’t miss a single beat!

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