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14 September 2011 www.fleetnews.co.uk/SMESpecial report KiaCars to appeal to fleetsCarens fulfils the role of a compact people carrier, but it was designed from Kia's large car platform.The model available in the UK is unique to Europe and is available with five or seven seats.There is a choice of 1.6-litre petrol or turbodiesel (CRDi) engines and five seats with entry-level Carens 1 specification, or the 1.6-litre CRDi engine with seven seats in mid- and upper-range Carens 2 and Carens 3. All versions have manual transmission, and diesel variants have CO2 emissions of 149g/km.Even the entry level Carens is well equipped, with alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric windows, CD/radio with auxiliary port and USB for MP3 players.The difference between five- and seven-seat versions can be largely explained by changes to the second-row seats. In the seven-seater they slide fore and aft and the backrests tilt, making it easier for passengers to climb into the two rear seats.CarensThe Soul is described as an 'urban crossover' and targets drivers who like to make a style statement with the car they choose.As with conventional small cars, the hatchback Soul has five doors, five seats and front-wheel drive. It is just over four metres long.It comes with a choice of a 124bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine or a 126bhp 1.6-litre diesel, while there is a choice of traditional equipment grades with the entry-level Soul 1 and higher specification Soul 2. But customers can also choose from themed equipment lines, such as Tempest, Shaker and Burner.All manual and the automatic diesel version have CO2 emissions below 160g/km.The suspension was fine-tuned in the UK to give responsive handling with a supple ride, making it the first Kia specifically developed with UK roads and drivers in mind.SoulIt has become important for car manufacturers to offer a choice of cars in a particular size or price bracket, and the Venga fits the bill for those who need a small and manoeuvrable car with improved versatility as well as low running costs.Diesel versions, with prices starting at £13,295 on the road, are all equipped with EcoDynamics technology and ISG systems to help improve fuel consumption.Those versions achieve 65.7mpg on the combined cycle, together with CO2 emissions of 114g/km, putting them in the lowest BIK tax bracket available to conventional diesel engine cars.Despite using the same basic platform as the boldly-styled Soul, the Venga's appearance is more akin to a conventional small car. It has a longer wheelbase than the Soul helping maximise the interior space available for occupants.VengaThe Sportage has evolved to become a stylish and desirable compact crossover, combining the appearance of a compact 4x4 with the running costs of a hatchback.The line-up of four engines, includes new, highly efficient 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and 1.7-litre turbodiesel units; manual and automatic transmissions; and the choice of front-wheel drive or intelligent all-wheel drive. Many versions have Kia's intelligent stop and go (ISG) system.A Fleet News Award winner this year, the Sportage perhaps has the most user-chooser appeal of the current Kia range, with eye-catching sleek looks, high levels of equipment and low BIK tax liability.All-wheel drive models are given the KX prefix to distinguish them from front-wheel drive variants.The 1.7 CRDi engine offers CO2 emissions of 135g/km and fuel consumption of 54.3mpg on the combined cycle, while both the front-wheel drive 1.6 GDi and all-wheel drive 2.0 CRDi fall below the 160g/km write-down allowance.Sportage

www.fleetnews.co.uk/SME September 2011 15Eight-vehicle range offers something that will match any motoring needs and expectationsNew in 2011, the second generation Picanto has a more grown-up feel and more solid appearance than its predecessor.Available with a three-door option for the first time the all-petrol range delivers fuel- efficiency and low BIK tax liability without the need for diesel engines.All manual versions have CO2 emissions of less than 110g/km with 1.25 EcoDynamics and 1.0-litre variants at 100g/km and 99g/km respectively.EcoDynamics versions across the Kia range are equipped with the company's intelligent stop and go (ISG) system, which automatically switches off the engine when waiting in traffic.The 1.0-litre engine produces 68bhp, while the 1.25-litre develops 84bhp giving perhaps a livelier performance than normally expected for vehicles in the city car sector.The Picanto starts at £7,795 for the three-door version with a £200 premium for five-doors.PicantoThe Sedona has adapted to take account of the changing needs of customers, despite being the oldest model in the Kia line-up.All versions are now powered by Kia's modern, refined and potent 2.2-litre four cylinder diesel, producing 192bhp along with 310lb-ft of torque, and offered with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic transmission on Sedona 2 and Sedona 3. The range starts at £20,955 on the road, substantially lower than other large people carriers, but has a generous standard equipment list.The Sedona is as comfortable as it is practical, with seven flexible seats, while sliding rear passenger doors (electrically operated on most models) make it easy to live with.SedonaKia won plaudits for its original Sorento SUV in 2003, but wanted to create a greater level of sophistication and comfort with 2010's second-generation car.Improved packaging means space for an optional third row of seats, while more efficient smaller capacity diesel engines are offered.The entry-level five-seater model is powered by a 147bhp 2.0-litre CRDi engine mated to a manual transmission and drives through the front wheels only. All other versions of the Sorento are seven-seaters featuring Kia's 194bhp 2.2-litre CRDi engine. The 2.2-litre engine offers the choice of six-speed manual and six-speed auto­matic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive.Emissions and consumption are cut dramatically compared with the outgoing model, ranging from 169g/km for the 2.0 CRDi to 194g/km for the 2.2 CRDi auto AWD.SorentoThe cee'd showed Kia could produce a car highly competitive in one of the biggest sectors.A revision in 2009 saw Kia add fuel-saving EcoDynamics versions as well as improved equipment.Originally a five-door hatchback, it is also available as an SW estate and a sporty three-door pro_cee'd.The cee'd range is comfortable, practical, good to drive and has high levels of equipment. It scores well when compared to rivals in pence-per-mile running costs.All manual gearbox versions of the 1.6 CRDi cee'd hatchback and pro_cee'd have CO2 emissions below 120g/km, while EcoDynamics diesels have CO2 of less than 110g/km, making them eligible for the 100% first-year writing-down allowance. The cee'd SW EcoDynamics version has CO2 emissions of 119g/km.Cee'd