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Top value for money Kia models

A decade ago, Kia was one of the worst ranking vehicles, with several mechanical issues reported by customers and recalls on different models. Billions of dollars invested in research and technical expertise from top engineers have turned around the fortunes of this South Korean automaker. Today, Kia (whose parent company is Hyundai), is popular for producing top-performance, fuel-efficient and spacious cars that come at pocket-friendly prices. So, which top 5 Kias guarantee you value for your money?

We unpack this question further:-

Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage first came into the picture in 1993 during the Kia-Ford-Mazda alliance. The first generation of Kia Sportage was based on the Mazda Bongo model and availed as three-door convertibles or five-door compact SUVs. Kia has since made several modifications on the Sportage including facelifts  and engine changes, as well as safety modifications.

The current fourth generation of Kia Sportage cars was unveiled in 2015, with major redesigning. The 2018 Kia Sportage has received great reviews because of its spacious upscale cabin in comparison to the other compact SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Chevy Equinox. To top it up, the new Sportage also comes with several safety technological upgrades as well as a fantastic infotainment. This particular Kia model is ideal for those who want the perks of a spacious compact SUV that is safe and reliable without having to pay an arm and a leg.

Kia Sorento

Even though the first generation of Kia Sorento cars were produced as mid-size SUVs based on a truck body, Kia changed several features in subsequent generations. Today, the Sorento is a mid-size crossover SUV that competes with the likes of Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot. With such tough rivals, the Sorento has had to up its game and this is evident in its 2019 model, which has been hailed for being fuel efficient, complete with an upgraded interior.

Kia Optima

This midsize four-door sedan replaced the Kia Credos in 2000 and is sold worldwide under different name plates, popular ones being Kia K5 and Kia Magentis. The Optima is loved for its pretty sleek looks and fuel efficiency. This The fourth generation of the Optima was launched in 2016 spotting several modifications especially in the interior. Kia also offers a hybrid version of the Optima, which broke the Guiness World Record for the vehicle with the least fuel consumption . The 2018 Optima features more storage options. In addition, this car comes with a bigger trunk space coupled with the location activation that allows you to open the trunk without using your key.

Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is a subcompact car that was first unveiled in 2000 as a replacement to Kia Avella and Kia Pride. Currently in its fourth generation of production, the Rio is a popular sub-compact car that is priced affordably. Most Kia Rio drivers use it for their daily commute and will attest to its fuel efficiency as well as smooth drive. Besides being spacious and having a versatile upgraded cabin, the 2018 Kia Rio comes equipped with the Kia Drive Wise, which is a set of safety technologies designed to assist the driver where necessary. This model also has the UVO feature, which includes the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, My Car Zone and Maintenance to help drivers stay connected as they drive.

Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is currently a popular compact car that has been highly rated for its reliability, looks and efficiency. This practical car comes with an upscale spacious cabin and sufficient storage space. The 2018 Kia Soul is part of the fourth generation production and comes with two engine options. These include the 2.0L four cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission delivering 161hp and the 1.6L four cylinder with six-speed manual or automatic transmission that delivers 130hp. Its infotainment and tech safety package add to the great value of this car. The Kia Soul is also one of the most affordable cars amongst the compact cars, competing effectively with some subcompact SUvs such as the Mazda CX3. It has been voted as one of the cars that offer value-for-money by consumers.