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    [Kelley Blue Book] 2019 Kia K900 First Review

    “The new Kia K900 is a fine representation of Korean luxury. There are plenty of emotional solutions the well-equipped car provides, from the elegant interior to the spacious cabin and the standard AWD.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  2. The 2.0-liter turbocharged Kia Stinger is now available in Canada, but just like the twin-turbocharged V6 model, it will only be available with all-wheel drive in the country. In just about every other market the Stinger is sold in, rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In Canada, however, the sports sedan is only offered with all-wheel drive. That hasn’t changed with the recent addition of the 2.0-liter model to the Stinger lineup north of the border, but seeing as there’s snow on the ground for five months of year in many parts of the country, prospective buyers probably won’t be up in arms. “Long before it even arrived in our dealerships, the Stinger was already the industry’s hottest car – and for good reason,” Kia Canada COO Ted Lancaster said in a prepared statement. “Since its arrival, the overwhelming customer feedback on the 3.3L version has demonstrated that Canadians are ready for a new option in the sports sedan market, so we’re excited to now be adding the 2.0L Stinger to give the old regime an even harder run for their money.” SEE ALSO: 2018 Kia Stinger Review | Kia Stinger GT Review The 2.0-liter turbo engine makes 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the sedan will hustle from 0-60 mph in roughly 6.1s and top out at 150 mph. In Canada, the 2.0-liter AWD model will be sold under the GT-Line trim, which includes paddle shifters, drive mode select, 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather interior, a 7-inch center stack display, a 3.5-inch TFT driver’s display and safety tech such as blind spot monitoring, parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert. Pricing for the 2.0-liter Stinger AWD GT-Line will be announced at a later date, Kia Canada said. Discuss this story on our Kia Stinger Forum. The post 2.0L Kia Stinger Now Available in Canada – But Still no RWD appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
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    [Forbes] Stung By Kia: Driving The 2018 Stinger GT

    “Overall, the Stinger is a great looking sports sedan that offers surprising blend of performance, utility and value.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
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    Sedan vs. Hatchback – Part 1: Which car is right for you?

    When car searching, or just discussing vehicles in general, you are sure to come across models offering two different class options – “sedan” and “hatchback.” Sedans and hatchbacks are very similar in that they both have seating capacity for up to five with a spacious trunk for storage. So what makes a sedan a sedan and a hatchback a hatchback? Kia Rio Sedan Sedans are traditional car models generally with four-doors and two rows of seating. The roof curves down to the trunk, hinged below the rear window and the trunk space is separated from the car’s interior. In automotive styling terms, the sedan is a three-box design vehicle with its primary areas articulated into three “boxes” or “pillars”: the engine, passenger compartment, and trunk. Kia Rio Hatchback Meanwhile, hatchbacks are two-box design vehicles with the passenger compartment and cargo space in one pillar. Although hatchbacks are very similar to sedans, they are usually available in either three-door (two passenger doors and the hatch) or five-door (four passenger doors and the hatch) models, since in the case of hatchbacks, the trunk’s lid is also counted as a door. Kia Rio Hatchback Unlike the sedan, the hatchback’s roof is extended, hinged at the top of the vehicle right above the rear window, maximizing accessibility to the cargo space from outside the car. This design also makes the cargo area fully accessible from inside the car. Kia Cerato (Forte) Hatchback While both sedans and hatchbacks are very similar in general, hatchbacks offer more flexibility for cargo storage than most sedans, especially when the rear seats are folded down. More importantly, most hatchbacks offer better fuel economy compared to sedans thanks to their comparatively lighter weight. Kia Cerato (Forte) Sedan On the other hand, sedans tend to have a bigger engine, which is crucial for vehicle performance and handling. With the added weight of the trunk, sedans are more stable at high speeds compared to hatchbacks. The longer wheelbase also lets passengers enjoy more generous legroom. While it always boils down to personal preferences when deciding the car that is right for you, Kia Motors is constantly dedicated to create dynamic and diversified vehicles to fit any customer’s needs. In Part 2, we will talk more about our two models with both sedan and hatchback classifications, the Rio and Cerato (also known as Forte), so stay tuned for a closer look at them! Lees volledige artikel
  5. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Spy photographers have caught the facelifted 2019 Kia Sportage completely undisguised. The Korean automaker’s crossover is getting some minor changes on the outside, with a revised front end that is a bit more aggressive. The Sportage will receive an updated grille, headlights, and new fog light design as part of the makeover, while the rear gets new tail lights and an updated bumper. Our spy photographers also managed to get a photo of the interior, which reveals no significant changes inside the cabin. SEE ALSO: 2017 Kia Sportage Review That should also be the case underneath the hood, which means the Sportage should continue to offer a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill is available on higher trim levels. Currently, the 2.4-liter engine produces 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, while the turbo engine offers 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Sportage is also available with all-wheel drive, although the turbo engine does get a slight power decrease to 237 hp in that form. The particular prototype spy photographers managed to catch on camera is sporting Recaro bucket seats up front and a roll cage inside the interior, suggesting that it’s probably heading to the Nurburgring for testing. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post 2019 Kia Sportage Looks Ready to Test its Facelift on the Track appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  6. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2019 Kia Sorento with a Top Safety Pick+ rating. It’s the best rating possible from IIHS, which means the Sorento received good ratings in all six crashworthiness tests and has Good-rated headlights when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights. The latest award for Kia now makes the Korean automaker the leader among automakers with either a 2018 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating. Along with the 2019 Kia Sorento, the 2018 Forte sedan, 2018 Optima, and 2018 Soul have all received a Top Safety Pick+ rating. Kia also has four other models that received a Top Safety Pick rating: 2018 Cadenza, 2018 Sedona, 2018 Sorento, and 2018 Sportage. SEE ALSO: 2019 Kia Sorento Review and First Drive In order to qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award, vehicles must earn Good ratings in six crashworthiness tests, along with a Good or Acceptable rating in the passenger side small overlap test. In addition, a vehicle must also receive an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention, and a Good rating in headlight testing. Qualifications for the Top Safety Pick award is a bit different, with vehicles having to earn Good ratings in five crashworthiness tests, an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention, and a Good or Acceptable rating in headlight testing. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post 2019 Kia Sorento Earns Highest Safety Rating from IIHS appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
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    [Cars.com] 2018 Kia Optima Upgrades Yield Top Crash Rating

    “The 2018 Kia Optima mid-size sedan has earned a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to beefed-up crash protection on the passenger side.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
  8. With a starting price of $39,250 including destination, the Kia Stinger GT has been a pleasant surprise to automotive enthusiasts. In fact, we came away so impressed with the Korean automaker’s sports sedan that we named it AutoGuide.com‘s 2018 Car of the Year. There’s a lot more to the Kia Stinger GT than its 3.3-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine with 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, but we all know everyone loves reading about zero-to-60 times. So we decided to compile a list of five expensive cars you might be surprised to hear would lose in a drag race with the Stinger GT. SEE ALSO: Kia Stinger Wins AutoGuide.com 2018 Car of the Year Award For this list, we used official zero-to-60 times published by the automakers rather than a third-party source. Kia says the Stinger GT does the sprint in 4.7 seconds, but it’s worth noting it has been tested to go faster. 5. BMW 540i It’s the cheapest of the five cars on the list, but the BMW 540i is still nearly $20,000 more than the Kia Stinger GT. Powered by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, the 540i is actually less powerful than the Stinger GT with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the standard 540i hits 60 mph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds, while the xDrive all-wheel-drive variant matches the Stinger GT’s performance at 4.7 seconds. The BMW 540i xDrive, however, starts from $61,495. 4. Audi A7 While the Audi S7 is clearly a faster machine than the Stinger GT, the A7 is a different story. Powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, the A7 boasts 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a zero-to-60 time of 5.2 seconds. Its price tag? A hefty $70,675. ALSO SEE: 2018 Kia Stinger Review | Kia Stinger GT Review 3. Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 Anytime BMW and Audi are mentioned, you can pretty much guarantee Mercedes-Benz is lurking. Although there’s a new CLS that is set to arrive dealerships in the near future, the current model is actually slower than the Stinger GT. The CLS 550 and CLS 550 4MATIC both accelerate to 60 in 4.9 seconds, powered by a 4.7-liter biturbo V8 engine generating 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. So even though the Stinger GT has less power, it accelerates quicker and is much cheaper than the CLS 550’s starting price of $76,145. The all-wheel-drive 4MATIC model costs $2,500 more. 2. Porsche Panamera Kia itself wasn’t shy about comparing its Stinger GT to the Porsche Panamera. With a starting price of $86,050, the Panamera is more than double the Stinger GT and it’s noticeably slower in a sprint to 60 mph. The standard Panamera does it in 5.4 seconds, while the more expensive Panamera 4, priced from $90,650, takes 5.2 seconds. It probably doesn’t help that the Panamera with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine offers less performance with 330 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. 1. Jaguar F-Type Of all the expensive cars out there that the Stinger GT is faster than, none is probably more surprising than the Jaguar F-Type. Sure the Stinger GT doesn’t beat the high-performance F-Type R, but it is faster than the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 variant with 380 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. That model takes 4.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill, and that’s at a cost of $81,745 – another car that’s double the Stinger GT’s starting price. Discuss this story on our Kia Stinger Forum The post Top 5 Expensive Cars the Kia Stinger GT Beats in a Drag Race appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  9. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] The 2020 Kia Telluride SUV, which is expected to debut sometime this year, has been photographed underdoing tests in the United States. Kia told AutoGuide in an interview earlier this year that it would have an announcement in regards to the production Telluride soon. We’re expecting an official announcement in the late summer or early fall, but for now, these spy photos give us a good idea of what to expect. As you can see, the production Telluride will draw on the boxy shape of the concept vehicle shown a couple of years back. These photos also reveal it will have Kia’s venerable Tiger Nose grille, along with squarish headlights and rectangular taillights. Another interesting design feature is the chrome notch running along the beltline, which is joined by another notch running along the top of the windshield. These are two design features seen on the concept that appear to have made it to the production vehicle, so good job on staying true to the design study, Kia. SEE ALSO: Kia to Make Announcement on Production Telluride SUV Soon Details on the Telluride’s powertrain and platform have yet to be announced, but were expecting it to share a platform with the new Hyundai Santa Fe and feature the same lineup of naturally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinder engines. More details on the 2020 Kia Telluride are expected to come to light shortly. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum. The post 2020 Kia Telluride Spied Looking Nearly Production Ready appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
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    Virtually Park a Kia Stinger Anywhere You Want

    Kia has announced it is among the first group of beta partners to use augmented reality on Facebook Messenger. The Korean automaker unveiled its augmented reality experience for Facebook Messenger at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference. Kia is the only automaker Facebook selected to participate in the initial launch of AR for the Messenger Platform. Users can now place a three-dimensional rendering of a Kia Stinger GT, in the color of their choice, anywhere they want. So if you ever wanted to know how the Stinger GT would look in your driveway, garage, or other environments, here’s your chance. Naturally, users will be able to easily share the augmented reality images within Messenger, add them as images and films to their Individual Stories, and save them to their phones. SEE ALSO: Production Kia Niro EV Lands With 64 kWh Battery, 236 Mile Range Kia has been involved with Facebook Messenger since November 2016, when it launched “Niro Bot” for the Niro hybrid crossover. It’s all part of the Kia Bot for Messenger initiatives, which also includes the second-generation digital assistant, “Kian05” that launched in November 2017. “The Stinger is like nothing anyone has ever seen from Kia. Therefore, it inspires us to find new and innovative ways to bring this incredible sports sedan to the public and show them everything the car and the Kia brand are capable of achieving,” said Kimberley Gardiner, director, marketing communications, Kia Motors America. “The addition of augmented reality into the Kia Bot for Facebook Messenger allows us to provide today’s car buyers with an extended interaction on the social platforms they use most.” Discuss this story on our Kia Stinger Forum The post Virtually Park a Kia Stinger Anywhere You Want appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
  11. The production-spec Kia Niro EV has made its official debut in it domestic market of South Korea this week. The Niro EV was previewed by a concept of the same name, which was first shown at CES 2018 in January. The production vehicle looks a bit more like the regular Niro and Niro Plug-In, but gets its own aerodynamically optimized front fascia. SEE ALSO: New 2019 Kia Soul Spied With Sporty Center Exit Exhaust Powering the Niro EV in the North American-spec models will be a 64 kWh battery pack and single electric motor. Range is estimated to be around 236 miles, but seeing as these early manufacturer estimates are often a bit ambitious, a real-world range of just over 200 miles is probably more realistic. The Hyundai Kona EV, which has the same EV powertrain, has an estimated range of 250 miles, but that’s because it’s a little bit smaller than the Niro. In Korea, a smaller 39.2 kWh battery will be offered with the Niro EV, which provides a driving range of 149 miles. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid will arrive at Hyundai dealers ahead of the pure EV later this year. The hybrid uses a 1.6-liter engine and 8.9 kWh battery, providing an estimated pure electric driving range of 36 miles. Its interior previews what to expect from the EV, featuring a typically Kia interior with a new TFT driver’s display and an eight-inch color touchscreen. More information on the US-spec Kia Niro EV will become available closer to its arrival late this year or in early 2019. Discuss this story on our Kia Niro Forum. The post Production Kia Niro EV Lands With 64 kWh Battery, 236 Mile Range appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel
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    [Edmunds] 2019 Kia K900 First Drive

    “The 2019 K900 gets up to speed with ease and authority, accompanied by smooth and quick gear changes.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
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    2020 Kia Soul Image Rendering, News & Rumors

    First rendering of the 2020 Kia Soul redesign hit the web! The 2020 Kia Soul is currently in the prototype phase, with some test models spied on the roads. The current spy shots don’t give too much away, but kksstudio … Continue reading → Lees volledige artikel
  14. “The Rio is in fact a terrific little car that anyone should be quite proud to own. There is a grown-up vibe to it that greatly outpaces whatever expectations you might have for a sub-compact car.” Click to Read More Lees volledige artikel
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    Top 10 Best Interiors of 2018: WardsAuto

    After reviewing 40 nominated interiors that were all-new or significantly improved from the prior year, WardsAuto has released its list of the top 10 best interiors of 2018. The publication said this year, the color red was extremely popular inside cabins, not just as an accent color but covering complete seats and wide swaths of door panels. “We know a lot of consumers end up buying black, gray or beige interiors, but there are also a lot of shoppers who want more excitement,” said WardsAuto senior content director, Drew Winter. “This year’s class of winners will make these folks happy.” SEE ALSO: Top 10 Affordable Cars with Surprisingly Higher-End Interiors The 2018 winners are listed in alphabetical order. 10. Chevrolet Equinox Chevrolet claims its sixth Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy, this time with the all-new Equinox crossover. WardsAuto editors praised the Equinox for its soft, premium materials, massive center console, outstanding infotainment system, excellent value, and contrasting black and butterscotch color scheme. They also left impressed by the lack of fit-and-finish problems, barely finding a seam that is out of place. More luxury amenities include heated and cooled second-row seats, heated steering wheel, 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, wireless phone charging, and a reminder not to leave children or cargo unattended in the back seat once the engine is shut off. 9. Hyundai Kona The Hyundai Kona may be the cheapest car on the list, but its interior looks and feels anything but cheap. The use of brilliant splashes of color helps make the interior hip, with neon lime trim framing the air vents, ignition start button, and transmission shifter bezel. It can also be found on the piping, stitching, and head restraints for seats in both rows. WardsAuto also praises the Kona’s high-definition head-up display and simplified center stack design. This is the fifth Wards 10 Best Interiors honor for Hyundai. 8. Infiniti QX50 If you’re looking for a more luxurious crossover, the all-new Infiniti QX50’s interior is stylish, while featuring “a lot of conceptual edginess” in a production vehicle. Helping impress are the brown Ultrasuede headliner and navy blue Ultrasuede accents found on the center armrest, instrument panel, and doors. Editors say the QX50’s interior is simultaneously effervescent, calming, and inspiring. The cabin also receives high marks for a generously proportioned center console, spacious second row, and overall excellent value. 7. Kia Stinger AutoGuide.com‘s 2018 Car of the Year also gets a nod for having one of the best interiors. The Korean automaker’s sports sedan has impressed on all fronts, from performance to luxury. It’s Kia‘s fifth Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy with the flagship sedan getting praised for its “spot-on build quality, lovely brushed aluminum trim, an ample second row and beefy seat bolsters to accommodate aggressive maneuvering.” Said to be both elegant and athletic, the Kia Stinger’s interior features high-quality leather, soft-touch materials, and the driver-assistance systems are fantastic, said WardsAuto. 6. Lexus LS 500 Believe it or not, this is only the fourth Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy for Lexus. But it does come a year after the LC 500 was named a winner in 2017. The all-new LS 500 flagship sedan gets recognized for the automaker’s willingness to use spectacular color combinations such as crimson in the F-Sport variant. Editors say the LS 500 uses “top-shelf stuff from headliner to floor,” making the LS 500 worth every penny of its high price tag. 5. Lincoln Navigator The all-new Lincoln Navigator marks a strong return for the nameplate, with its interior being called an “absolute jaw-dropper” by WardsAuto. Tested in Black Label trim, the Navigator actually earned the highest cumulative score in this year’s competition. Venetian leather, Dinamica faux suede, and lacquered wood trim all contributed to the Navigator’s trophy, along with high scores on its infotainment system. And giving you the impression that “you’re swimming in a glass of cabernet,” is the Mahogany Red finish found on the leather, carpeting, and select hard plastics. 4. Porsche Panamera The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid was the most expensive vehicle tested in this year’s competition, so it’s almost no surprise it gets a trophy. Wowing the judges were the saddle-brown leather and brushed aluminum trim, along with the completely reworked, sleek center stack. One judge said the Panamera had “the best massaging seats on the planet,” while the second row console controls, fixed head restraints, firm seats, and easy cycling through certain modes were also recognized. 3. Ram 1500 The sole pickup truck on the list is the Ram 1500, with the Limited trim being tested for the competition. The Ram’s touchscreen left judges impressed, with a giant vertical 12-inch screen featuring bold graphics. WardsAuto editors found the indigo/frost interior color combination stylish and handsome, while also praising the cabin’s cloth-mimicking film, swirling-patterned Harmon/Kardon speaker grilles, and distressed metal trim. 2. Range Rover Velar If the Infiniti QX50 isn’t a luxurious enough SUV for you, then maybe the Range Rover Velar fits the bill. WardsAuto tested a First Edition model that had white, black, and cool all over with its triangular perforation pattern found on the seats and door speaker grates. The “copper weave” carbon fiber trim, faux suede, and aluminum also impressed. As expected, fit and finish are stellar, while comfort is high in the Velar, especially once the massaging seats are turned on. 1. Toyota Camry Lastly, there’s the popular Toyota Camry sedan. The test car featured red leather with accents of black and silver, while editors also praised the unusual center stack that features a lack of symmetry. One editor went so far as to write, “Wow, this is a Camry?” on her score sheet. The Camry also features a great head-up display, unique fluted center-stack buttons, extending visors, a nice gauge-cluster screen, and no exposed grab bar pins. The post Top 10 Best Interiors of 2018: WardsAuto appeared first on AutoGuide.com News. Lees volledige artikel