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Good: Good looking seven-seat people carrier. Comes with seven year warranty. Practical cabin. Easy to drive.
Bad: Not as good to drive as a Ford C-MAX.
Good: Comes with Kia's seven-year warranty as standard. Rides and handles very well on standard Hankook Kinergy Eco tyres.
Bad: Far better on 15-inch wheels than on 17-inch wheels. Diesel is a bit too long geared.
Good: Great looking estate car. Winning combination of good looks and excellent ride quality. Useful economy.
Bad: No collision mitigation system like many competitors.
Good: Emissions of 128g/km meaning low BIK tax. Priced from less than £20k. Seven-year warranty as standard. Generous standard equipment.
Bad: Only one engine. Automatic transmission pushes up emissions and BIK. Pre-2014 navigation does not accept seven digit UK postcodes.
Good: Slightly bigger KIA Optima is a slightly larger development of the previous car with more tech and even more legroom.
Bad: Probably won't reach the UK until early 2016.
Good: Excellent small car for the money. High quality and neatly designed interior. Great to drive and cheap to run.
Bad: Noisy on the motorway. Three-door 'Halo' automatic is pricey.
Good: Neatly styled coupe version of the Kia Cee'd. Performance version in the pipeline with 204PS turbocharged 1.6-litre engine.
Bad: Not cheap.
Good: Much more stylish than previous Rio. Upmarket interior. 1.1-litre chain cam diesel emits just 85g/km of CO2. Three-door from £9,995.
Bad: Not as impressively refined as a Volkswagen Polo. No standard DAB radio. Not particularly exciting to drive.
Good: Bigger completely redesigned Sedona.
Bad: UK spec not yet announced.
Good: 2015 KIA Sorento is longer with plenty of room for 7 adult passengers. Has better performance with lower emissions. Quiet and pleasant to drive.
Bad: Bottles in bottle holder impede gearshifts.
Good: Practical family car. High quality and attractive cabin. Easy to drive. Practical and reasonably spacious. Steers and handles decently on 17-inch wheels.
Bad: Looks aren't universally popular. Emissions and economy far from best in class. 18-inch wheels wreck the ride.
Good: Stylish and upmarket looks. Good quality feel to the interior. Seven-year warranty as standard. Very low CO2 for an SUV. Well equipped.
Bad: Ride could be better. A little noisy at speed. Warranty is limited to 100,000 miles so the similar Hyundai ix35 may be better for higher mileage drivers.
Good: Space-efficient and compact people carrier. Large boot and flat-folding rear seat. Available with a four-speed automatic 1.6 petrol. Easy to park. Good visibility.
Bad: Not cheap but price competitive. Not a sporty handler.
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