Kia shares its engines and gearboxes with the Hyundai Venue, so it gets an 83hp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with a five-speed manual gearbox in the entry-level models, a 120hp, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with either a six-speed iMT or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel with 100hp and a six-speed manual, or 115hp and a six-speed automatic. We’ve sampled all but the 1.2-litre petrol engine.
Digital speedo is nice; instrument cluster design quite unique.
The 1.5-litre diesel-manual makes 15hp and 10Nm less than the automatic because it uses a less-expensive wastegate turbocharger. This engine is very refined, be it at idle or on the move, and it only begins to rattle past the 3,500rpm mark. But you’d seldom be revving beyond that as power delivery drastically tapers off in the last 1,500 revs. What’s nice is that all the performance is available low down in the