Kia Road Tests

Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

The first Kia Koup was a stylistic stunner but a disappointing drive. David Thomson finds out what has changed with its successor.

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Upgrades reduce Sorento's off-road appeal

Upgrades reduce Sorento's off-road appeal

 Upgrades reduce Sorento's off-road appeal A major upgrade has boosted the Kia Sorento's everyday appeal, though at the expense of some of its off-road versatility, as David Thomson discovers.

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Sure-footed Rio a stylish addition

Sure-footed Rio a stylish addition

Small hatchbacks are bread-and-butter models for volume car-makers in the modern age, which is why the third-generation Rio is such an important car for Kia on the international stage.

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Newcomer Kia Picanto scores well in fuel economy

Newcomer Kia Picanto scores well in fuel economy

The "light-car" segment is booming in 2011, with sales up by some 25% on 2010. For much of the year Kia lacked the new metal in its line-up to cash in, but that changed with the recent addition of the all-new Picanto to its range.

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Kia delivers right stuff in Rio

Kia delivers right stuff in Rio

Small is good? Actually it's great, and set to get better, says Kia New Zealand's boss.

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Refinement to the fore in Kia's new Picanto

Refinement to the fore in Kia's new Picanto

Really small cars used to be quite the thing here, being an especially popular choice for L-platers and the elderly.

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Kia Optima a head-turning performer

Kia Optima a head-turning performer

Korean car maker Kia has produced another eye-catching new model, and David Thomson has been behind the wheel.

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Price and performance right in new Kia Cerato

Price and performance right in new Kia Cerato

Watch the latest series of 'Top Gear', and you'll find that the reasonably priced car that's on hand for those popular celebrity guest hot laps bears a striking resemblance to the one that features on this page.

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Kia Sportage more than a match for high-status rivals

Kia Sportage more than a match for high-status rivals

When the finalists for the New Zealand Car of the Year award were announced late last year there were two Korean interlopers on the 10-strong shortlist, among the usual mix of high-status Europeans and the best from Japan.

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Something of a Koup for Kia

Something of a Koup for Kia

Kia's striking new two-door is out and about on the roads of New Zealand. David Thomson has been behind the wheel.

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Kia: Face-lifted Magentis shows model's age

Kia: Face-lifted Magentis shows model's age

Kia has come a long way since the current-generation Magentis saloon was unveiled in late 2005, with ever-bolder styling one of the most obvious features of the company's past five years.

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Kia Sorento deserving of high praise

Kia Sorento deserving of high praise

When Kia assessed the pros and cons of ditching the ladder-frame chassis of the Sorento in favour of a unitary monocoque chassis, it's hard to imagine there was much debate about the best way forward.

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Kia Soul Burner: 'Postman Pat' delivers

Kia Soul Burner: 'Postman Pat' delivers

The Postman Pat jibe delivered by my 9-year-old at first sight of the bright red test car gave way to awed admiration as he climbed in and absorbed the key features of its equally striking interior.

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Kia Picanto Sport big on the inside

Kia Picanto Sport big on the inside

The nip-and-tuck operation performed on the Kia Picanto for the 2008 model year ranks as one of the great automotive saves of recent years.

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Kia Carens moves with times

Kia Carens moves with times

The days in which seven-seater people movers need to be large, van-like machines with handling to match, and price tags that put them out reach of families, are a thing of a past.

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Kia goes back to Sorento

Kia goes back to Sorento

When Kia launched its revised second-generation Sorento SUV last December, it transferred all of the vehicle's mechanical eggs into a single basket.

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Kia Magentis coming on strong in middle ground

Kia Magentis coming on strong in middle ground

KIA IS causing a major headache for its competitors in the medium-sized sedan market with the new Magentis.
And that includes its owner, Hyundai, whose new Sonata set the pace earlier this year.

The Magentis represents the bargain buy in a segment where the price leader was the Sonata until the new Kia arrived.

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Kia Picanto - the fun car that only sips petrol

Kia Picanto - the fun car that only sips petrol

RISING petrol prices have boosted the small-car market segment as motorists search for transport that is cheap to run.

And Korean manufacturer Kia has positioned itself perfectly to take advantage of down-sizing Kiwis with its diminutive and appealing new Picanto.

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Kia Rio Sport hatch one of Korea’s rising stars

Kia Rio Sport hatch one of Korea’s rising stars

A 20-SOMETHING would not have been seen dead driving a Kia a year ago, unless it was given to them by parents cashing in on low prices for well-equipped late models.

It happened when I suggested to one of my children that a second-hand, 2001, low-mileage Kia wagon represented extraordinary value for money, compared with a mid-'90s Japanese sports sedan.

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Kia Sportage - the only compact SUV with diesel

Kia Sportage - the only compact SUV with diesel

Korean car maker Kia is in a unique position with its compact sports-utility vehicle, the Sportage.

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