Looks good and rides well
This medium-sized number’s only drawbacks are headroom and over-the-shoulder vision, CHRIS RILEY writes
WE turn the spotlight on the car world’s newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there’s only one question that really needs answering — would you buy one?
Kia’s top of the line small four-wheel-drive (sorry, make that medium size).
Prices start from $25,990 for the entry level, two-wheel drive petrol Si. Platinum is $38,390, which also gets you all-wheel drive, while the Platinum with a diesel is $41,390.
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A 2.0-litre direct injection four replaces the previous 2.4-litre multi-point unit. The engine produces 122kW of power and 205Nm of torque, compared with 130kW/227Nm previously, and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Good but not outstanding. It’s probably a little heavier than before and misses the extra torque, but on the upside it is smoother and more economical. We also found that the transmission hunts a little, unable to settle and stay in one gear.
Fuel consumption has been reduced from 9.2 to 8.6 litres/100km with the new engine.
We were getting 12.6 after 130km but we’d expect it to do much better than this over a longer distance.
Gets 3.5 out of five stars from the Green Vehicle Guide.
Yes. Gets a full five stars for safety. It comes with six airbags, traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist.
Hill-start assist and downhill brake control are also standard, along with active front head restraints.
Yes. The seats are comfortable, with good forward vision. Its controls and instruments are large and easy to use.
Entry and exit is easy. Headroom is compromised by the sunroof. Phone pairs easily and can stream music to the premium audio system. Over the shoulder vision remains terrible. The lights, wipers and rear view mirror all operate automatically. There’s a reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors, too.
The top of the range Platinum scores 18-inch wheels, smart key and push-button start, driver’s power seat, leather trim seats, privacy glass, HID headlights and satellite navigation.
You bet. It looks amazing, is well equipped and rides very well.