Aboo Seedat, Sales Executive at Kia Goldreef, is a proud and passionate member of the Kia family, and kindly shared his thoughts with me on a few vehicles in the Kia Range. Focussing mostly on the Sportage, which was a review I thoroughly enjoyed in the third quarter of 2017, Aboo noted that the Sportage remains a firm favourite with South African consumers.

The exterior of the Sportage has beautiful, smooth, clean lines and a pleasing shape, whilst I am told the height and length of the vehicle have been extended by 5mm and 40mm respectively, resulting in more head and leg room inside. The cabin, as expected, has the luxurious, comfortable feel one is accustomed to finding in Kia vehicles, with all leather seats and elegant dash design. The cockpit is driver-oriented, and it is clear that every convenience and necessity has been taken into account in design – everything is within reach, and ergonomically placed to make driving this vehicle an absolute pleasure. I do not feel at all out of place in such a big SUV, and instead feel confident and completely supported as I take it on the road.

The vehicle is an easy drive, responsive and powerful with its 2 litre CRDI diesel engine that puts out 130 KW and 400 NM torque between 3000 and 4000 rpm. With class-leading safety features that include 6 airbags and structural reinforcements to its advanced body shell, this vehicle has been awarded a 5-star euroNCAP rating which is the highest rating achievable. The Sportage handles beautifully, sits firmly on the road and switches from smooth SUV to sporty powerhouse in a heartbeat, reminding me that the design also has a playful, adventurous edge. I love the transition between the two, and enjoy the way the vehicle can adapt to harsher road conditions and still maintain its performance.

As a family woman, I find the spacious interior and massive boot space to be a huge plus (491 litre boot, and 1 480 litre with seats folded down); other features such as a cooling glove box, rear-mounted USB/Aux jacks and reclining back seats hint at trouble-free family vacations on the long road, which this vehicle will doubtlessly take in its stride.

The host of features available in this SUV seem unnecessary to mention in light of the overall impressiveness of this vehicle – the silky-smooth experience and drive are enough to make me believer, and the added extras (rear park distance control, smart power tailgate that closes at the push of a button, ISOFIX child anchors to name but a few) are the cherry on top of a very well-rounded sundae.

As the competent team at Kia Goldreef explain to me, the new Sportage is the whole package: powerful SUV, luxurious family vehicle and sporty adventurer rolled into one. Aboo notes that Kia maintains its popularity to do their consistent quality products and services. Looking forward to an exciting 2018, Aboo also notes that Kia will be launching the exciting new Ceed later on this year, which promises to be a “sporty and fast” car equipped with a 1.6 turbo engine, panoramic sun roof and a full house of specs to rival other Hot Hatches on the marker.

As a highlight of 2018, Kia will also be introducing their GT Sport Sedan, the Kia Stinger, later on this year. As an avid follower of such powerhouse vehicles, I am equally as excited as Aboo is about this impending new release.

Feeling quite at home at Kia Goldreef is not anything unusual; Kia’s famous hospitality is cemented in the customer care accolades won by this specific team in 2015 and 2016, earning them the title of CSI Aftersales Dealer of the Year, 2015 and 2016 parts dealer of the year and continuing their upward movement in their 11th year of servicing the greater Johannesburg area.

 

By Desh Bechan