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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0

The main line-up’s 1.7-litre diesel engine claims 64.2mpg with a manual gearbox and 61.4mpg with the seven-speed auto. Neither is going to require a second mortgage to run, thanks to low road tax and fixed-cost servicing packages available for either three or five years.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,711 - £1,940 *
Diesel 131p £931 - £976 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 20,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. Kia’s fixed cost Care-3 and Care-3 Plus packages cover you for three or five years, and are transferable if you sell the car.
Warranty Like every new Kia you get a seven-year warranty, which is transferable providing the mileage is below 100,000. If you sell within 18 months or with fewer than 18,000 miles on the clock, the warranty is topped back up to seven years.
Road tax (12 months) £30 - £145
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 16 - 31
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The standard car features only one engine but two gearbox options, and there’s a 7g/km difference in the amount of CO2 produced depending on which transmission you choose.

The manual comes out the best with 113g/km of CO2, but even the automatic is reasonable with 120g/km.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid 33 g/km (Min) £135
2.0 T-GDi (235bhp) Petrol 211 g/km (Max) £145


5 out of 5 5.0

There’s nothing here that isn’t used in the saloon car so there should be no worries from a reliability front. Kia’s seven-year warranty should also inspire confidence, especially when you consider it’s transferable to a new owner when you come to sell.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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