Kia

Kia is the sister brand of Hyundai, and offers a similarly wide range of well built family cars which are competitively priced and all come with a seven year warranty. From the small Kia Picanto city car to the new Kia Sportage, there's something in the range to suit the vast majority of tastes.

  • Kia Picanto

    Kia's smallest car is the recently updated Kia Picanto. It's available as both a three and five-door hatchback, but practicality is reduced because of its small boot and tight rear seat space. There are two petrol engines to choose from – a 68bhp 1.0-litre and an 84bhp 1.25-litre unit that can also be had with an automatic gearbox and stop/start technology. The new engines are a big improvement over previous units, especially on motorways, but the Kia Picanto doesn’t drive or ride as well as a Ford Ka or Fiat 500. However, the Kia Picanto is very cheap to buy and run.

    Kia Picanto hatchback

    3 & 5 Doors
    Price 
    £8,045 - £12,495
    4.2 / 5
  • Kia Rio

    The Kia Rio is Kia's entry in the supermini class and a cheaper alternative to the Ford Fiesta. All-new for 2011, it continues Kia's march upmarket and benefits from smart, contemporary styling, generous space inside and an appealing engine range – two diesels (1.1-litre and 1.4) and two petrols (1.25 and 1.4). Of these, the smaller, 74bhp diesel is Britain's lowest-emitting car, at 85g/km, meaning tax-free motoring. It also delivers a claimed 88mpg. Both five-door and three-door versions will be available; the former arrives first, in September, with the latter hitting the road in 2012.

    Kia Rio hatchback

    5 & 3 Doors
    Price 
    £9,995 - £16,595
    4.2 / 5
  • Kia Venga

    The Kia Venga is a small people carrier that gets the basics right by providing plenty of cabin space and a big boot. However, the firm's petrol and diesel engines feel weak in this large vehicle, and the car has none of the personality of the Kia Soul. Some nice touches like a boot whose floor can be lifted for easier loading make the Kia Venga practical, and there's a seven-year warranty, but it's not as good value as other Kias.

    Kia Venga mini MPV

    5 Doors
    Price 
    £11,595 - £17,970
    3.2 / 5
  • Kia Cee'd

    Kia's Ford Focus rival comes in three guises: standard five-door hatchback, sporty three-door Pro_cee’d and practical Cee’d SW estate. The names may sound unusual, but all three are very impressive rivals to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. All models feature spacious interiors that have plenty of standard features and big boots. The Kia Cee’d range features decent petrol and diesel engines, and while the model doesn’t handle as well as a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus, it's cheaper to buy than its more obvious rivals.

    Kia Cee'd hatchback

    3 & 5 Doors
    Price 
    £14,400 - £23,995
    4.6 / 5
  • Kia Pro_cee'd hatchback

    5 & 3 Doors
    Price 
    £14,495 - £22,995
    4.2 / 5
  • Kia Cee'd Sportswagon estate

    5 Doors
    Price 
    £15,995 - £24,795
    4.7 / 5
  • Kia Sportage

    The latest Kia Sportage is CarBuyer's first ever Car of the Year. Our judges were unanimous in agreement that this is 2011's top performing car, as well as Best 4x4. Aimed at the Nissan Qashqai, but offers much more space for the money. The exterior is very stylish and well proportioned, while the interior offers space for five and a huge boot. The Kia Sportage sets new standards for Kia, and offers the best quality feel in the range. The Kia Sportage comes. loaded with standard kit and engines ranging between 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines. 

    Kia Sportage SUV

    5 Doors
    Price 
    £17,500 - £29,505
    4.2 / 5
  • Kia Carens

    The Kia Carens is a practical, seven-seat compact people carrier designed to compete with the Vauxhall Zafira and Toyota Verso. But while its basic appeal means it's practical, fuss-free transport for large families, it doesn’t offer much more than that. In many respects it feels a step behind more recent Kias, such as the Kia Cee’d and the Kia Soul. The cabin is bland and fashioned from hard grey plastics, and the driving position lacks adjustment. It is well priced, however.

    Kia Carens MPV

    5 Doors
    Price 
    £17,900 - £24,850
    4.2 / 5
  • Kia Optima

    Kia has given its latest version of the Kia Optima a complete redesign to help keep it up-to-date with its rivals. Up against stiff competition from the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, the mid-sized saloon gets a more spacious interior, updated looks and a new selection of engines. The new Optima is available with the same impressive 134bhp 1.7-litre diesel engine that is found in the Kia Sportage.

    Kia Optima saloon

    4 Doors
    Price 
    £19,795 - £27,150
    4.2 / 5
  • Kia Sorento

    The Kia Sorento is a large seven-seat SUV that combines tough, rugged off-roader looks, with a decent on-road drive – and all for a sensible price. There is a 2.4-litre petrol, five-seat entry-level model available, but we’d recommend opting for the punchy 2.2-litre diesel engine instead. Seven seats are standard on diesels, and leather trim comes on all but the base car. Equipment like air conditioning, electric windows and MP3-compatible stereos is standard on all cars.

    Kia Sorento SUV

    5 Doors
    Price 
    £26,700 - £36,505
    3.6 / 5
  • Kia Soul

    The Kia Soul shows that superminis don’t have to all look the same. Its chunky, boxy looks and optional bright paint colours and graphics make it stand out. The interior is impressively spacious and simply laid out, although some of the plastics are a bit scratchy and the seats don’t fold as easily as those in a Honda Jazz. The Kia Soul doesn’t drive as well as it looks, either, with a firm ride making the Kia uncomfortable on longer journeys.

    Kia Soul hatchback

    5 Doors
    3.8 / 5