2010 Kia Mohave | new car review

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it’s a punchy go-(nearly)-anywhere you’re after, then the Mohave might just be what you’re looking for.

Out of the SUV line-up offered by the Korean marque, this is the only one that can really cut the mustard out on tricky terrain. It’s chock-full of modern SUV off-roading technology such as adjustable air suspension, hill descent control and a special low-range mode for gearbox should you find yourself in difficult situation.

The Mohave arrived in the region in 2008 and has proved to be a popular left field alternative for the family who can’t quite stretch to a Jeep Cherokee or even a Land Rover. There’s space for seven on board and there’s a DVD player in the back to keep the younger members of the family quiet on a long journey.

It’s one of the safest models in the Kia line-up as it comes as standard with six airbags dotted around the cabin – some other models in the Kia family only have one for the driver.

There’s a 3.7-litre V6 tucked away under that rather vast bonnet – and with 274bhp on offer, it’s no slouch. In fact, other road users might be surprised about just how rapid this big Kia can hustle at. The gearbox is a decent five-speed affair and there’s cruise control fitted as standard to make any long highway stretch rather easy to contend with. There’s even sat-nav fitted as standard just in case you’ve not got your head around the UAE’s road network yet, though to avoid future confusion we’d recommend upgrading the map CDs as often as possible.

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