Kia

2008 Kia Sportage | new car review

This five-door SUV model is thoroughly modern in every aspect of its design which has more than a passing resemblance to a Scandinavian model. Kia has done quite a bit of work on the Sportage, especially on the design aspect. It gets a sculptured front end and a long sporty roofline. There is a separate…

2008 Kia Rio | new car review

The Rio has been one of the mainstays of Kia’s model range and is offered in hatchback and sedan forms. Although the USP of this model follows the established Kia pattern of not breaking any new ground in terms of performance or driving appeal in general, Kia has slightly deviated from…

2008 Kia Picanto | new car review

With smart design and exceptional value packaging in its models, Kia Motors is on its way to become a ‘young, sporty and friendly’ brand. The Picanto is the brand’s A-segment hatchback model that offers a good mix of interior feel, reasonable refinement and space of a supermini. With wheels-at-a-corner approach,…

2008 Kia Optima | new car review

The Optima from Kia is one of the better examples of a mid-sized sedan offering. Once again, this European-flavoured car benefits from its Hyundai connection, but Kia have consciously stayed away from Hyundai’s styling influences and indeed the Optima sits on its platform all of its own. The styling is aimed at making the Optima…

2007 Kia Cerato | new car review

Kia’s Cerato came in to replace the ageing Shuma and the Sephia in 2002. Available in sedan as well as hatchback bodyshapes, the Cerato shares its underpinnings with that of Hyundai’s Elantra; but this is no exercise in badge engineering or re-paneling: extensive stiffening, especially of the floorpan, has allowed…

2007 Kia Sorento | new car review

The Kia Sorento combines the style of a premium SUV, the strength of a rugged off-roader and the pricing and running costs of a compact 4×4. The Sorento’s main attractions are its Euro-slick exterior, spacious cabin, sub-100,000AED pricing for the top-spec model and simple model range. Being Kia’s first foray…

2007 Kia Sportage | new car review

After a period of incarceration, a reformed Kia Sportage was launched in 2005. As it turns out, Sportage has also shed its admirably rugged qualities as a mountain climber that stemmed from its ladder-frame chassis, solid rear axle, low-range gearing and other features no longer considered relevant except by one…

2007 Kia Opirus | new car review

Introduced to the region in 2003, the Opirus is Kia’s offering in the luxury segment. Also called ‘Amanti’ in certain markets, the Opirus competes with the likes of Toyota Avalon, Nissan’s Maxima , as well as the higher trend lines of popular mainstream sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota…

2007 Kia Optima | new car review

Built in Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in South Korea, this second-generation Optima sits on a unique platform, no longer shared with Hyundai’s Sonata. Kia says it took cues from European styling and lengthened the Optima’s wheelbase, although the increase is less than an inch. A sleeker design lends a more…

2007 Kia Rio | new car review

Kia has been taking great pains to step out from the shadows of big brother Hyundai’s giant umbrella, stylistically and in terms of what the brand represents. Hyundai has been steadily moving upmarket – recent additions like the all-new Sonata and the redesigned Coupe to its portfolio say it all.…