Kia has revised its model line-up for 2004 ahead of the arrival of important new models later in the year.
With immediate effect, the prices of all models have risen by £13 because of the higher first registration fee, and some Rio and Sedona prices have increased to reflect new specifications.
The Rio small hatch range now has just two models, the 1.3 L and 1.3 LX. The former has standard ABS with EBD, central locking and a passenger airbag, and the price rises by £500 to £7508. The LX now costs £8508, a £600 rise, but includes air-conditioning, a passenger airbag and the option of an automatic gearbox.
L-trimmed versions of the Sedona MPV gain standard air-conditioning. Although there is no further price increase on petrol models, the CRDi diesel’s price rises by £745. New to the range is a CRDi LE, which has more equipment than the LX it replaces for a £745 premium.
In addition, all Rios and Sedonas registered before the end of March benefit from a £1000 cashback.
The Carens MPV and Sorento ranges remain unchanged, but the Shuma small hatch and Magentis family car line-ups are each reduced to just one model, the 1.6 Ice and 2.0 LE respectively. The Sportage 4x4 has been discontinued, but a replacement will be unveiled at this September’s Paris Motor Show, and Kia hopes the car will go on sale in December.
Before then, two further new models will reach the UK. The Picanto city car arrives in May, costing from about £6000, to rival the Fiat Panda, while the Cerato small car reaches the UK in June, targeting the Ford Focus, with prices expected to start at around £10,000.
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