Kia has had success with their Rio over the years, and it’s easy to see why. The Kia Rio is a good-looking hatch, and even more so now in its latest shape. To expand on their range offering, Kia introduced the Pegas a few months ago, which looks like a larger version of the Rio. But how does the Pegas stack up as a daily car? And is it more suitable for business or domestic use?

Design

From a looks perspective, the Kia Pegas has an inoffensive design – it’s neither wow nor dull. This makes it difficult to make a solid call on how it looks, but the one constant during my time with the vehicle was the backward glances every time I walked away. This was an attempt to figure out my feelings on its design. Eventually, the conclusion was simple, with an extended rear, the Kia Pegas leans more towards a fleet vehicle in its design. It looks like it could easily blend in with the Ubers and Taxify’s of this world. This is despite Kia South Africa marketing it as a vehicle tailored towards small families – although nothing stops it from doing both.

Interior

The Pega’s interior has been furnished with a lot of things that you would find in a modern car. Features like an infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring through Android or Apple devices, and a multifunctional steering wheel. They’ve tried to up the bar to semi-premium by covering the seats in a faux leather finish, but leave the car parked in the sun for an hour and you’ll smell that material cooking. It isn’t the most fragrant of odours. You won’t find a centre armrest for the driver and passenger, instead, there’s one armrest bolted to the left side of the driver’s seat. It would have been nice if they had added a matching one to the right side of the seat because as things stand, the seating position is awkward. 

 

What’s it like to drive?

Despite this uneven seating, you do eventually get used to having your right arm dangling freely, and once you do, you can begin to appreciate the Kia Pegas’ drive. With a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated engine onboard, the Pegas surprisingly light and peppy on the road. As a result, you feel like you’re going much faster than the speed on your dashboard – a fun and cheap way to enjoy inner city drives. Speaking of all things affordable, you’re probably wondering what the fuel economy is like in such a vehicle. I’m happy to report that the Pegas isn’t heavy on gas. With heavy-footed driving 90% of the time, the Kia Pegas returned an average fuel reading in the region of 6l/100km. Not bad at all. The none-turbo engine is said to produce 69kW and 132Nm, which is delivered through a manual or auto gearbox. If the latter transmission is what you need, you’ll only be able to have it in the top-spec Pegas. 

How much is the Kia Pegas?

One of the things Kia got right with this car is its pricing. Starting at R225 995, you can get yourself into the entry grade1.4LX, which is R31 500 cheaper than its Polo sedan equivalent.

Pegas 1.4 LX Manual R225,995
Pegas 1.4 EX Manual R236,995
Pegas 1.4 EX Auto      R251,995