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Kia offers a wide range of SUVs, from small and economical to huge and spacious, so there’s an SUV for every taste, need and budget. Between the various models on offer, just about every kind of powertrain you can think of is available, so there’s plenty of choice. Here, we walk you through Kia’s various SUV models, from smallest to largest.
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Kia SUV models: current range
The Stonic is the smallest and cheapest of Kia’s SUVs, making it the entry point into the company’s SUV range. It’s offered with two powertrains, both using a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine. The entry-level version has 100hp, while the other adds mild hybrid technology and boosts the output to 120hp. It’s easy to drive and comes with the firm’s reassuring warranty, but it’s not as spacious or as refined as many other alternatives, which include the Volkswagen T-Cross and the Nissan Juke, among many others.
In years gone by, the Kia Soul has been offered in petrol, diesel and fully electric forms, but the latest version is only available as a zero-emissions EV. Two lithium-ion battery packs are offered: the basic 39kWh one allows a driving range of up to 171 miles on a single charge, while the 64kWh version allows a theoretical maximum of 280 miles. It’s a well-rounded offering in the small EV sector, but it needs to be, because it competes with impressive rivals such as the Peugeot e-2008 and Hyundai Kona Electric.
Next up in Kia’s SUV range is the Niro, and it’s an interestingly eco-friendly choice, because it’s available as a fuel-sipping hybrid, an even more frugal plug-in hybrid, and as a full-on zero-emissions electric car. In all its forms, the Niro offers sharp styling, impressive quality and family-friendly practicality, but it’s the all-electric Niro EV version that stands out most, thanks to its bigger boot and its impressive official driving range of up to 285 miles.
Despite what you might think, the XCeed is much more than just a standard Ceed hatchback with a jacked-up suspension and a bit of extra body cladding. Only the front doors are shared with its stablemate, and every other body panel is bespoke to the XCeed. That helps give the XCeed its own character, and with a comfier ride, it’s arguably the most likeable Ceed of the lot. It’s available with a punchy 160hp turbocharged petrol engine, or as a 141hp plug-in hybrid.
The Kia Sportage is one of the most popular family SUVs there is, and it’s easy to see why. Even when judged alongside excellent alternatives such as the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson, its mix of stylish design, effortless practicality, plush quality and impressive technology gives it a very appealing breadth of talent. There’s lots of choice, too, with the line-up including pure petrol and diesel versions, along with mild hybrid versions of both, as well as full self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains on top.
The Sorento is Kia’s seven-seat offering, putting it in competition with impressive and popular cars such as the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq. Happily, it easily has the chops to compete. Its imposing design helps it stand out on the road, while its large boot and its spacious, generously equipped and neatly trimmed cabin give it all the practicality and luxury a family could need. It feels sophisticated on the road, too, and with self-charging hybrid, plug-in hybrid and diesel powertrains on offer, there’s plenty of choice, too.
The forthcoming EV9 enters the fray as the new flagship of Kia’s SUV line-up. This enormous three-row SUV is available with either six or seven seats, the former with two pop-up seats in the boot and a pair of swivelling ‘captain’s chairs’ in the middle, and the latter with the middle chairs replaced by a conventional three-seat bench. More interestingly, the EV will be all-electric, with a theoretical driving range of up to 336 miles. Expect it to do battle with premium-badged (and expensive) electric SUVs such as the Volvo EX90 and Tesla Model X.
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