By Robert Maddox
The Korean car maker whose cars are sold with an industry-leading, seven-year warranty has a trio of new models for 2016.
January saw the arrival of an all-new Optima saloon, the latest-generation Sportage crossover car will be here in March and in the autumn the line-up will be strengthened by a plug-in hybrid.
Add Cee’d, Pro-Cee’d and Venga models updated last autumn, plus the all-new Sorento SUV launched in April 2015 and the firm will certainly have a much-refreshed range. An extensive line-up, too, with dealers also selling a trio of interesting compact cars in the Picanto, Rio and Soul.
The latest Optima and Sportage are two of the most high-tech models ever produced by Kia, each offering a wide range of active safety technologies designed to help drivers avoid a collision or mitigate the impact of one. Standard-fit Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) in each car ensures stability in a wide variety of conditions, particularly if the driver needs to brake while cornering, through careful control of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and electric motor-driven power steering.
Priced from £21,495, the sleeker and plusher new Optima is loaded with class-leading technologies while also being more refined yet more engaging to drive and up to 25% more fuel-efficient.
It’s the first car in its class with a wireless charger for mobile devices and is also available with a 360-degree Around View Monitor which, through four strategically mounted cameras, gives the driver a bird’s-eye view when manoeuvring. A Smart Park Assist System automatically steers the car in and out of parallel or perpendicular parking slots.
Four versions of the Optima are available, all powered by an upgraded EU6 version of Kia’s efficient 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, now paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed, dual-clutch auto transmission.
Should a new Kia take your fancy there are currently some great deals at dealers with these extending to the newly-introduced Optima and the outgoing, best-selling Sportage. Buyers can save up to £1,400 on selected models, enjoy a finance deal of 4.9% across the entire Kia range and have a generous selection of deposit contributions when ordering cars before the end of March.
There is a particularly tempting deal in the case of the new Optima with Kia offering a £1,500 deposit contribution to drivers taking up a 4.9% PCP option.
Meanwhile, those choosing mid-grade and upper-grade 1.7 CRDi diesel versions of the outgoing Sportage benefit from a £1,200 customer saving and £1,200 deposit contribution when financed on a 4.9% PCP deal.
Kia’s popular SR7 range of vehicles, which includes the Picanto, Rio, Venga, Cee’d and Carens, is available with zero per cent finance and zero per cent deposit on PCP deals, lowering the entry to ownership level significantly. The zero per cent PCP offer on Picanto also includes a £500 deposit contribution, while the Rio’s offer comes with a £250 deposit contribution.
Massive customer cash savings of up £1,000 are available the across Picanto and Rio ranges and also in the case of the Venga SR7 and Venga 2.
Kia’s Care-3 servicing plan means the first three services normally due over the course of three years costs just £99 for all SR7 grade customers.