Kia Picanto And Kia Rio
The Kia range is capable, good value and backed by a seven year warranty that suggests it is built to last. The Picanto, for example, is a city class vehicle that comes in three and five-door form. The former looks sportier whereas the latter provides easier access to the rear. Both body styles are powered by a 1.0-litre 68bhp or a 1.25-litre 84bhp petrol engine, the latter of which can be teamed with five-speed manual transmission or a fairly responsive four-speed automatic. The Picanto has low running costs too. As such, the most efficient trims average 67.3mpg and can be taxed for free thanks to low carbon emissions. Prices range from only £8,045 to £12,345 which is something else to smile about. In contrast, the Kia Rio is a longer, wider and taller supermini class vehicle. It is still compact, though. This extra room ensures the cabin feels airier and cargo capacity is 288-litres, rather than 200-litres. The Rio also has a higher equipment specification as – in its more prestigious and expensive forms – it is available with features typically associated with more prestigious cars. These include leather/heated seats and automatic front windscreen wipers. All from £9,995 to £16,595.
Kia cee'd, Kia cee'd Sportswagon And Kia pro_cee'd
The Kia cee'd is a small family class hatchback with five doors. Strengths include the pleasing styling, confident handling, comfortable cabin and safety features such as its electronic stability program that makes cornering safer. This helped it earn Euro NCAP's maximum five-star safety rating. Prices range from £14,400 to £23,595. Alternatively, the cee'd Sportswagon is the estate version that has a very large boot for the class. Capacity, in fact, is 528-litres rising to 1,642-litres once the rear seats are folded flat. These figures eclipse most rivals and a large proportion of estates from the more prestigious large family class. All from £16,895 to £24,795. There is also the pro_cee'd which is the sportier looking three door version (£17,495 to £22,495). And there is more. The Kia Soul is a supermini with in-your-face styling and the Venga is a small multi-purpose vehicle. These cost £12,600 to £21,150 and £11,595 to £16,975, repetitively. The Carens, in contrast, is a spacious seven-seater available for £17,895 to £23,895. And smile - there is even more. The Optima is a saloon priced from £19,795 to £27,145 and the Sorento is a four-wheel-drive with clever off-road features. All for £26,695 to £36,495. Finally, the Sportage – that costs £17,495 to £29,495 – is a crossover class car that steers itself into parallel parking bays. That is something to smile about too.