review

14 July 2021

Up and coming brands of 2021- Kia

We spotlight the upcoming Kia cars, including their new electric cars.

We spotlight electric cars and upcoming cars from Kia.

It has been a turbulent year for car sales in New Zealand with sales numbers suffering compared to the same time last year. While numbers slowly return to what they used to be, something has been brewing under the layers of lockdowns, Kia!

In 2019, Kia rose to a 9% market share selling 1,276 units. While that is a feat in itself, the most impressive part is Kia’s total passenger/SUV sales - 15% of the market and knocking Toyota off its long-standing position as New Zealand's most popular passenger car brand. This trend continued into 2020 with 33% growth in sales as many other brands have experienced significant decreases in growth.

So what is about Kia that Kiwi’s love?

Aligning with many New Zealanders, Kia grew from humble beginnings in motorcycles and bicycles. This has stayed with the brand and is evident in all the cars they produce with a large focus on cars that do what they need to well but don’t try too hard. The result? A brand in touch with what people really want in the New Zealand market:

  • 5 years complementary warranty, servicing, and roadside assistance on all new cars
  • Cheap insurance and running costs
  • Great value for money
  • Contemporary styling
  • Options for anyone wanting performance, fuel-efficiency, practicality or the whole lot
  • Wide dealership networks and servicing locations
  • The largest amount of new vehicle stock in New Zealand

So if we have piqued your interest, here is our list of the most popular Kia’s for sale in New Zealand right now:

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage SUV

The Kia Sportage was the 3rd most popular passenger car in October and the best-selling SUV over the past 2 years acting as a key driver in boosting Kia’s market share. It pioneered the Mid-size SUV market and created the benchmark with its award-winning design, an abundance of space and competent all-wheel-drive system. Not only that but it comes with a complimentary 5-year warranty, 5-year roadside assistance and servicing programme. One of the best all-rounders available on the market in its price range, you can’t beat it!

Kia Rio

Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is the small hatchback taking the market by storm. With its 5-star ANCAP safety rating and sporty styling, the Rio has a no-compromise approach to the small hatchback world. If safety is something you are interested in, you can view our list of the top 10 safest cars in New Zealand (here). Safety is not only where it shines though, but It is also loaded with entertainment technology that improves the driver experience. It is also available in a GT-line version with a peppy yet fuel-efficient 1.0L turbo engine.

Kia Niro EV

Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV flawlessly combines the hugely popular compact SUV body style with a fully electric power plant, offering a sustainable option for those looking for a little bit more space than a sedan. Offering 455km from a single charge, and a 7-year battery warranty, it is a no trade-off approach to sustainable transport. This combined with a very peppy 395Nm of torque and a load of innovative technology to improve the driver experience is perfect for those looking for a modern take on the perfect daily drive.

Kia Stinger GT sport

Kia Stinger luxury sedan

The sophisticated Kia stinger GT sport is a luxury high-performance sedan looking for those looking to go fast in style. With its 370hp 3.3L Twin Turbo V6 directing the power through the rear wheels, it will take you from 0-100 in 4.9 seconds, with the sound to match. The best part is that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and luxury with features like lumbar-supported bucket seats, heated & ventilated front seats, and a chrome trim finish. These combined with a 5-star ANCAP rating, you are looking at a solid all-rounder.

author
Jack Harley
Yourcar Vehicle Reviewer
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