Category Archive: Kia

Dec 15

2017 Kia Niro Sets Guinness World Record Title For Lowest Fuel Consumption By A Hybrid Vehicle

Kia Nero, Road-Test.orgNew kind of crossover boasts a number of firsts for Kia, including a new, dedicated eco-car platform and a unique hybrid system

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 15, 2016 – Arriving at New York City Hall in downtown Manhattan, the 2017 Kia Niro officially received a Guinness World Record® title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the USA from coast to coast (hybrid car).  The new record-setting mark is an incredible 76.6 mpg (3.07 L/100 km).

“We’re extremely pleased with the Niro’s record-breaking performance,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “We set out to build a vehicle that offers real-world utility, great looks and fantastic mileage, and setting the Guinness World Record® title confirms our achievement.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Road Test – 2016 Kia Soul SE Sport (TwoTone)

2016 Kia Soul, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandMy wife just LOVES the Kia Soul – she thinks it was made just for her… I like it a lot, and every time I drive one I come away impressed – reluctantly so. For me the Soul is one of those vehicles that I have a love/hate relationships with. I don’t want to love it, but I kinda do. It’s enjoyable to drive, fun and quirky enough to be different from all the other blah cars driving up and down the road in boring silver or snore gold. The TV commercials tell us it is fun to drive and to be seen in… and damn-it – they’re right!!
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Sep 20

Road Test: 2016 Kia Sorento SX Turbo AWD

Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandI haven’t driven the Kia Sorento in a few years now – in fact it was around the time they launched the previous all-new model… that looked like the one before it. The 2016 version is all-new and it looks… like the one before it!! That is until you see the previous generation… then you realize – they aren’t even close to being identical, it’s an illusion. To be honest I have always really liked the look of the Sorento and fortunately there aren’t a ton of them around, so you can’t really get sick of looking at them – unlike its brother-from-a-different-mother, the Hyundai Santa Fe that clogs every road and parking lot in my neck of the woods. The all-new 2016 Sorento is bigger and better looking than the version it replaces, but is it better?  Let’s find out…. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 29

Road Test – 2016 Kia Cadenza Tech

Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

I’ve driven the Cadenza a couple of times, but only for small stints – no longer than 10 minutes at a time. Every time I’ve gotten behind the wheel I’ve been impressed by how well it handled – far better than I’d expected it to be – for an old guy’s car. It’s a good-looking car, but let’s be honest here – it doesn’t get the heart pounding… So why did I book a full week behind the wheel? Well, partly because the all-new Optima had just come out (which I’d already driven) and that left me with a huge question:  Is the Cadenza worth buying when the Optima is sooo good? As luck would have it, just as I was about to pick up the Cadenza, Kia announced the arrival of the all-new 2017 by the end of the year. Now there’s an additional question: How much better will it be than the 2016 model? Let’s tackle the first question now and the second question next year… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

Road Test: 2016 Kia Optima SXL

Road Test: 2016 Kia Optima SXL
Text & Images: Iain Shankland
Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

Warning: If you consider yourself an average driver – move on, nothing to see here… go read about the latest Buick. If you love cars. Love to drive them – then THIS is the car for you! Only REAL drivers should consider the 2016 Kia Optima… wannabes need not apply.

Many automakers go over-the-top when describing their new vehicles. Kia is no different when describing the All-new Optima:Performance comes in many forms. It’s the fun and exhilaration you feel when you use available paddle shifters for the first time.” But believe it or not – they weren’t just spewing hyperbole – it’s true!! The 2016 Optima IS fun and exhilarating to drive. You just want to go out and drive – anywhere, doesn’t matter, just drive. This car is “switched ON” all the time, until you hit the Econo button, then it becomes a regular average car. Hit the ‘Sport” setting and it dials everything up to ELEVEN… hold on and watch out for the cops!! Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 12

Kia Telluride Concept Makes World Debut At NAIAS In Detroit

Kia Telluride Concept, Road-Test.org

Elegant and Sophisticated, the Kia Telluride Combines Breakthrough Technology, Rugged Beauty, and Functionality in a Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle

DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 – Glimpsing a future that is grounded in reality but not bound by the present, Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled a cutting-edge vision for a full-size SUV at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).  The Telluride, a striking three-row, seven-passenger, luxury SUV concept features a modern and upright shape, muscular stance, and state-of-the-art technology to care for its occupants.  Purely conceptual, the Kia Telluride is based on an existing platform and reveals the brand’s interest in potentially offering a premium SUV positioned above the current hot-selling Sorento. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 28

Bold new exterior design for next-generation Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage, Road-Test.org(SEOUL) August 27, 2015 – Kia Motors has today revealed the first official exterior images of the all-new Kia Sportage, featuring an attractive new design. The all-new Sportage will make its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on 15 September 2015.

Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, creating visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

ALL-NEW 2016 KIA OPTIMA MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

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Instantly recognizable yet thoroughly fresh, Kia will introduce the all-new 2016 Optima at the upcoming New York Auto Show on April 1st at 1:20 PM.  Available with multiple engine choices, the all-new Optima features a more spacious interior, class-up premium features and a number of technologies not previously offered on Kia’s best-selling mid-size sedan.

Dec 04

Road Test: 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid – EX Premium

Kia Optima Hybrid, Road-Test.orgEver since I laid eyes on the Optima, I’ve loved its style and couldn’t wait to drive it. Well time flies and it took longer than expected to finally get behind the wheel. Half-way through its model cycle, the Optima gets a refresh for the 2015 model year (its subtle, but better looking inside and out), so it was important to grab the keys to a 2014 before the change, in order to compare them next year.

What Is It? 

  • Mid-size sedan
  • Full Hybrid – A traditional vehicle with an electric motor that can exclusively propel the vehicle at times or in combination with a gas engine. An example of this would be an electric motor that propels the vehicle from a stop, a gas engine that operates at highway speeds and both combine when extra power is required. A Full Hybrid charges its own batteries via electric motor or gasoline engine.
  • Depending on the state of charge and load, the electric motor may propel the vehicle for longer distances and speeds up to 100 km/h. I easily got up to 80km/h on the battery power only
  • Lithium-Polymer Battery – One of the smallest, lightest and most advanced hybrid batteries in the automotive world
  • Hybrid Engine Clutch – A ‘Hybrid Engine Clutch’ allows for a seamless transition between electric motor and gas engine. The entire seamless transition takes only six-tenths of a second
  • Traditional Transmission – A traditional 6-speed transmission is used instead of a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This allows for desirable shift feeling instead of a shiftless ‘golf-cart feeling’ 

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Nov 21

Road & Travel Magazine Name The 2015 KIA K900 ‘INTERNATIONAL CAR OF THE YEAR’

2015 KIA K900

Kia claims unprecedented third consecutive ICOTY victory with new flagship sedan

K900 Recognized for Distinctive Design, Advanced Technology and Unmatched Luxury

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2014 – In conjunction with the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Road & Travel Magazine (RTM) has named the 2015 Kia K900 as its International Car of the Year. The K900’s stunning design combined with luxurious amenities, impressive performance and great value propelled the Kia brand to an unprecedented third consecutive win of the prestigious ICOTY award. The ICOTY jurors honored Kia’s Cadenza premium sedan last year and the best-selling Optima midsize sedan in 2012.

“Since arriving in the U.S. market 20 years ago, Kia has repeatedly defied conventional industry thinking, and the K900 is our boldest move yet, making a significant leap forward for the brand and bringing new and affluent customers into our retail showrooms,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. “To win the prestigious ICOTY award three years running is a clear indication that our products consistently offer a world-class balance of design, amenities, luxury and value for today’s discerning car buyers.” Read the rest of this entry »

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