The Kias you just

can't get in the UK

Kia Soul GT-Line, front
Kia Soul GT-Line, interior
Kia Seltos
Kia Ray EV
Kia K900, front
Kia K900, interior
Kia K2700
Kia Cadenza
Kia Stinger GT420
Kia Mohave
Kia Rio 4 door
Kia Telluride

KIA is a brand that's on a roll with booming sales making it the sixth most popular car maker in the UK.

Figures for 2019 show that the Korean auto manufacturer sold a total of 97,323 models in Britain last year giving it a market share of 4.21 per cent.

That's ahead of the likes of Land Rover, Peugeot and Nissan and only just behind Toyota in the nation's sales charts.

It's a far cry from 1991 when Kia first arrived in Britain with one model - the Pride which that year notched up just 1,800 sales.

Today it sells some nine models in Britain - ranging from the little Picanto city car to the large Sorento 4x4 with the mid-sized Sportage SUV its top seller accounting for almost half of its success in the UK.

Globally Kia has become a top ten player in the automotive world selling almost three million cars - but the products it offers are very different to what we get in Britain and include luxury limousines, powerful V8s, a giant off-roader and even a fully electric model that's been around for almost a decade.

Here's a snapshot of some of the ‘Kias you can't get' if you live outside of the UK.

- The Kia K900 is the brand's flagship luxury saloon. The K900 has helped to elevate Kia's brand value in key markets around the world, notably in Korea and North America. A 5.0-litre V8 GDI engine - the most powerful ever produced by Kia - is available on the luxury saloon, alongside the 3.3 T-GDi V6 unit found in the Stinger. Tides of luxury and sophisticated design, inside and out, give this car serious appeal.

- Launched in 2019, the Kia Seltos is characterised by distinctive design details, lending the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. The Seltos is manufactured for different regions at two of Kia's production facilities - in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India, and Gwangju, Korea.

- Launched in 2011, the Kia Ray EV was Korea's first electric vehicle. Exclusively for the domestic market, the Ray EV is powered by a 50kW electric motor and a high-capacity 16.4 kWh lithium ion polymer battery pack and is capable of 86 miles on a single charge. Its small dimensions make it an ideal city car and it is regularly seen on the streets of Seoul, Korea.

- Sold outside of Europe, the new Soul is available in ‘GT-Line' trim. The sporty grade comes with a redesigned front and rear facia, 18-inch alloy wheels, unique side sills and front facia with red accents, sport-tuned suspension and is available with a 201 horsepower 1.6 litre turbocharged engine.

- The Kia Telluride is the largest passenger car ever built by the brand. It provides comfortable seating for up to eight, a powerful 291 horsepower 3.8-litre V6, and is available with active on-demand all-wheel drive. The Kia Telluride is one of the three finalists of the 2020 World Car of the Year Awards.

- The Rio five-door supermini is well known in the UK but elsewhere in places like Russia, it is available as a four-door saloon.

- The Kia Mohave is named after the famous desert in California and conjures up images of rugged toughness, calm stillness and extremes of temperature. Available with either a V6 3.8 petrol engine or V6 3.0 CRDi diesel engine, the Mohave is another example of the SUVs Kia manufactures.

- Created and developed from the first pre-production UK specification Stinger, the GT420 perfectly encapsulates the brands slogan ‘Power to Surprise'. A collaboration between the Kia UK's product, press relations, UK press garage and technical teams, this joint project was completed with the help, advice and engineering knowhow from the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany. With fine and extensive tuning, the Stinger GT420 produces a whopping 422bhp and 560Nm of torque and is fully track prepared, with uprated brakes and a full roll cage.

- The refreshed 2020 Kia Cadenza made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The premium sedan is powered by a smooth 3.3-litre V6 delivering 290 horsepower. Brimming with technology and modern convenience features, the Cadenza remains true to its mission of offering luxurious interior surroundings combined with a quiet and composed ride.

- Kia doesn't just make passenger cars for families, the brand also manufactures commercial vehicles. The K-series truck features a 3,110 mm extra-long and 1,630 mm wide bed, giving you abundant loading capacity. The railed truck bed has a low height of 770 mm for easier access when loading and unloading.


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