2012 Kia Mohave | new car review

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 by

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.

There’s a 3.8-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. This engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. There is also a bigger 4.6-litre V8 on offer in the top of the line variant. This V8 engine makes 340bhp and is paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. 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.

The entry level variant gets one airbag and the mid-level variant gets two front airbags. The top of the line 3.8-litre and the 4.6-litre variants get six airbags. All variants come with ABS as standard.


Price: AED 90,000- AED 150,000


3.8-litre V6
Max power: 274bhp at 6000rpm
Max torque: 361Nm at 4400rpm

4.6-litre V8
Max power:
340bhp at 6000rpm
Max torque: 435Nm at 3500rpm


5-speed automatic (3.8-litre)
6-speed automatic (4.6-litre)

2 Responses to 2012 Kia Mohave | new car review

  1. Enyogai Celestine Reply

    December 30, 2016 at 4:33 am

    The 2008 version of Kia Mohave is how much?

  2. Dr. effenji odey Reply

    September 5, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Please confirm if one can get American version of Kia sorento ,2012,v8 @ a moderate price

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