Guide to Kia in South Africa

Kia Motors has a rich history that has seen rapid growth in recent years, similar to its international partner, Hyundai.

In South Africa, Kia offers 11 models, many designed to suit the affordable car market. They also have an extensive dealership network across our country and Namibia.

The brand has also become widely known in recent years due to its sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup and other tournaments.


A Brief History of Kia

Founded in 1944, the Kia Motor Corporation is South Korea’s oldest vehicle manufacturer. Although the company was formed in 1944, it only started producing Kia Motors in 1947. Prior to this, Kia built parts and assembled vehicles for other motor companies.

During the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Kia declared bankruptcy. This led to the forming of a partnership between Kia and Hyundai in 1998, which saw both companies exchange part-ownership.

Kia vehicles are sold internationally, with a large presence in Europe, North America, Mexico, and India. South Africa is also a successful venture for them, as the company has realised record sales since its arrival on local shores.

A Brief History of Kia
Buying a Kia

Buying a Kia

Kia South Africa has 11 models in its line-up, ranging from passenger to light commercial vehicles. While their models aren’t topping the Naamsa best-selling list, they’re still performing well and offer an extensive dealership network with reliable service and support.

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Insurance for your Kia

Remember to factor in the cost of car insurance when you’re looking to buy a new or used car. Generally, Kia’s cars are reliable, economical and affordable, all of which are preferred traits when looking to insure a vehicle. The budget division Picanto can be a great car if you’re looking for an affordable car cover policy.

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Insurance for your Kia
Travelling with a Kia

Travelling with a Kia

The Kia Picanto and Rio models are excellent for everyday use, while the larger Sportage and Sorento SUVs have great off-road abilities if you enjoy outdoor adventure.

Although the entire Kia range is popular in South Africa, you’ll often find the Picanto and Rio models at car rental companies. Their popularity as a car hire option is probably due to their good fuel consumption, comfort, and specs.

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Kia Models

Their best-selling model is the Picanto and was a 2018 South African Car of the Year finalist.

The Picanto’s 1.0 MPI engine produces 49kW @ 5 500 r/min and 95Nm of torque @ 3 750 r/min. It comes standard with USB/MP3/AUX and Bluetooth, along with a trip computer. If you’re buying one new, you’ll get three-years’ unlimited km roadside assistance and a five-year unlimited km warranty. Taking a service plan is optional.

The Kia Picanto 1.0 5MT Start model retails from R144 495 including VAT.

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Read more about these Kia models: Kia Picanto

Kia Models

Prices quoted correct at the time of publishing this article. The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, legal or medical advice