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Kia Road Tests

Test of KIA's Borrego Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle that is due to go into limited production of 1,000 vehicles in 2012
Sun, 30 May 2010
With its sharp Peter Shreyer, the new KIA Carens casts off the dowdy image of its predecessor. But does it perform as well as it looks?
Thu, 25 Apr 2013
If style, image and status are important to you, then what follow are wasted words. The 2003 KIA Carens just isn’t your kind of car.
Tue, 03 Dec 2002
The new KIA Carens for 2007 has a tough job on its hands. The old KIA Carens was a decent enough vehicle. Roomy, pleasant, reasonable to drive and at very fair list prices.
Sat, 07 Oct 2006
This is a test of the 2018 KIA Ceed 1.4 T-GDI 7-DCT. And an update of Ceed specs and prices now that the range is tested to EU6d TEMP / WLTP emissions standards. All other drivetrains of the 2018 KIA Ceed: 1.0TGDI, 1.4TGDI manual; 1.6CRDI are tested previously here. As is often the case on a car launch, automatics were not available for the first phase and this is an opportunity anyway to bring you the latest information.
Tue, 24 Jul 2018
With scrappage prices from £8,000, the KIA cee'd and Hyundai i30 have been selling like fans in a heat wave.
Sat, 26 Sep 2009
Latest KIA cee'd for 2012 shares family look with Picanto, Rio, Sportage and Optima and impresses with its quality.
Tue, 22 May 2012
It’s said it takes three generations to make a gentleman, which means this latest Kia Ceed should earn a place among the small hatch aristocracy. That elite band includes the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, which is some very lofty company to be keeping, but this latest from the Korean company earns its ennobled place.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018
The 2008 KIA Cee’d and Hyundai i30 have been getting rave reviews from a press that usually shuns South Korean cars.
Sat, 13 Oct 2007
Nicely styled 'sportswagon' version of KIA cee'd comes only with 1.4 and 1.6 diesel engines and an optional 6-speed torque converter automatic.
Wed, 12 Sep 2012
Three things instantly identify any car from South Korea: the indicator switch will be on the right; it will have a horribly fiddly DIN fit radio; and the plastic inside will stink of fish glue.
Tue, 05 Oct 2004
The 64kWh KIA e-Niro is not just another electric car. It goes further on a single full charge than any other EV of its size, it’s also spacious, quick and fun to drive.
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The 2001 KIA Magentis is a big, five-seater 166bhp V6 air-conditioned saloon with ABS and alloys for £12,995 on the road. Well, obviously, I had to check it out.
Mon, 09 Jul 2001
Impressive new Mondeo competitor with "stand out styling" due in the UK summer 2011.
Tue, 25 May 2010
The KIA Niro is one of the first petrol hybrid crossovers in the UK, offering a hybrid drivetrain combined with the higher seating of an SUV.
Wed, 03 Aug 2016
Sleek, good looking Mondeo competitor with economical chain cam diesel engine, lots of kit and rear legroom to rival a Skoda Superb.
Wed, 11 Jan 2012
The 2016 KIA Optima is longer than before, but also more powerful with lower emissions and better economy. HJ checks it out over 1,200 miles.
Mon, 07 Mar 2016
KIA takes a slightly different PHEV route by combining a 2.0 litre petrol engine, 6-speed dual clutch automatic and a 50kW electric motor.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016
In load capacity and legroom the KIA Optima is up there with the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb. HJ finds out what it's like to drive.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016
First impression of the 2004 KIA Picanto is of a rather surprised little car. It seems to have huge eyes and a small open mouth that aren’t quite how you expect a car to look.
Sat, 28 Feb 2004
KIA calls its new Picanto "The Small Car Grown Up" and it certainly has, yet with even lower emissions of just 100g/km for the 1.25 with ISG.
Tue, 17 May 2011
Forget every negative thought you ever had about the KIA Picanto. The new one is the most fun you can have in the tiny car class.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017
Since the Picanto went on sale in 2011 some impressive new rivals have arrived on the scene. Does it still stack up?
Wed, 23 Sep 2015
Hyundai/KIA’s new 3-cylinder 1.0 litre chain cam turbo petrol engine driven here in a KIA pro_cee’d GT Line 1.0 T-GDI at a list price of £19,720.
Mon, 28 Sep 2015
KIA pro_cee'd Guest Test by Jackie Violet: ‘Three’ is a very popular lucky number for many people, myself included, but will it be a lucky number for KIA as it launches its third and possibly finally variant to compliment the cee’d and cee’d SW?
Sun, 27 Jan 2008
We revisit Kia's sportiest model to see how well it copes with UK roads - is it worth £20,000?
Fri, 17 Apr 2015
KIA makes a handsome coupe of the 5-door cee'd. But does it drive and handle like a proper coupe should?
Tue, 12 Mar 2013
The 2019 KIA ProCeed is one of a new breed of mid-sized car that combines ‘family’ practicality with 5-doors and a low, coupe-like roofline. Similar in concept to a Mercedes-CLA Shooting Break, it’s very good looking.
Tue, 22 Jan 2019
The 201PS KIA pro_ceed GT is KIA's first 'performance car', at a relative bargain £19,995. We check out how it 'performs' in comparison to the opposition and ask whether it should be compared with them.
Tue, 25 Jun 2013
The 2001 KIA Rio has a unique selling proposition. It's the only 5-door Ford Focus-sized car with a UK list price of just £5,995. The same price as a tiny Daewoo Matiz and very nearly half as much as a new MINI Cooper.
Tue, 24 Jul 2001
Dramatic looking new 2011 KIA Rio offers the lowest CO2 and highest mpg of any internal combustion engined car in the World.
Sun, 21 Aug 2011
KIA's solid new Rio offers impressive tech for the class as well as some lively new engines.
Thu, 02 Feb 2017
The 2001 KIA Rio had a unique selling proposition. It was the only 5-door Ford Focus sized car with a UK list price from £5,995. But the cheapest Rio was the slowest seller. So for 2003, instead of cutting prices, KIA came up with another novel approach. It hugely improved the car.
Sat, 05 Oct 2002
The biggest problem the 2005 KIA Rio has it you’ve heard it all before. Family car at baby car price. Lots of extras at a stripped out price. 1.4 engine for the price of a 1.2. All that kind of stuff.
Sat, 24 Sep 2005
Additional trim levels and a new eight-speed automatic make Kia’s seven-seat SUV an even more compelling choice.
Thu, 01 Mar 2018
"Friendly" is a good word to describe the 2003 KIA Sorento. It's like a big (surprisingly BIG) huggy bear of a car.
Tue, 11 Feb 2003
Kia’s previous Sorento was a tough, very capable towing vehicle that people with smaller-than-Range-Rover budgets could afford.
Sat, 30 Jan 2010
The Kia Sorento for 2013 costs £5,000 more than the 2010 model it replaces. Is it worth the extra?
Fri, 05 Oct 2012
By asking up to £40,995 for its new Sorento, is KIA punching above its weight?
Tue, 17 Mar 2015
My fault, I know. I video tested the KIA Soul without knowing exactly which model it was. So, though a phone call to KIA elicited the information...
Tue, 24 Feb 2009
While the second generation Kia Soul may look similar to the original Soul, it’s actually much improved under the skin with significantly better steering, ride and handling.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014
The first nice surprise when you step inside the 2005 KIA Sportage is the smell. There isn’t one. Interiors of cars from South Korea used to pong like a glue factory, but thankfully the Sportage is an odour-free zone.
Fri, 18 Feb 2005
Technical Specs and Video Test of European Specification KIA Sportage, arriving in the UK in August 2010.
Wed, 26 May 2010
The "all-new" KIA Sportage certainly looks different. But how different is it under the skin? And how much better than its top selling predecessor?
Wed, 03 Feb 2016
KIA’s 48-volt ‘mild hybrid’ Sportage leads a refreshed range of the model, all now certified to EU6d TEMP / WLTP emissions testing standards.
Tue, 24 Jul 2018
KIA spent 8 years developing its GT into the Stinger, to take on Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar and provide a halo for the brand. Over 800 miles, HJ decides if they succeeded.
Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Just as family hatchbacks got displaced by medium SUVs, now smaller hatchbacks are morphing into a new breed of mini crossovers. HJ tries KIA's new entry into the burgeoning breed.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Short and tall in the manner of a Toyota Yaris, but a bit bigger, with all chain cam engines and a 7 year warranty. Excellent visibility.
Wed, 27 Jan 2010
 

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