While some companies are still on their knees from the economic effects of Covid-19, Kia seems to be in full stride and introducing a new vehicle every other month. June 2021 has marked the local launch of the new Kia Pegas and we were there to drive it.
What is the Kia Pegas?
As you’ve probably noticed, the new Pegas shares a lot of similarities to the current Kia Rio. From the front, the two cars look identical, and you begin to see a difference once you move towards the back, where the Rio ends the Pegas continues. It is in fact a B segment sedan, and you may be wondering why the brand would launch a sedan in a world where the segment is seeing a slow demise thanks to SUVs. Well, Kia believes that the sedan segment isn’t quite dead yet, and their data shows that the segment has seen a slow rise in market share since 2020 and has remained at 14.6% compared to 2019 and previous years where it was at 10% market share. The all-new Pegas is targeted at first time buyers who are looking for mobility, space and modern features in a car. With a length of 4.3m, it is one of the largest compared to its rivals, many of which are sub-four meters and it also has a larger boot at 475 litres. Kia is adamant that the Pegas is not an Uber or any similar e-hailing vehicle.
Kia Pegas features
The Pegs comes available in five exterior colours, and inside you’ll find a lot of modern tech and features. Upfront is a 7-inch infotainment screen that caters to Apple and Android users via screen mirroring. It is a touch screen, and it also displays images from the reverse camera when backing up into a parking bay. The reverse camera is a standard feature across the entire range, just by the way. Your audio here can be controlled through buttons on the steering wheel for your convenience. There is an armrest for the driver, which is sometimes overlooked in your entry-level segments but it does make a noticeable difference when you’re in the car. If you go for the EX variant, it comes standard with cruise control.
Things like front and rear electric windows air-con and electric mirrors are all standard features here, there really is nothing that Kia hasn’t added to this all-new Pegas, including automatic headlamps. From a safety perspective, and this is an important aspect, the new Kia does have dual front airbags as well as ABS and EBS. ISOFIX child seat tethers have been fitted into the rear seats to ensure that the whole family stays safe.
Engine and transmission
Kia’s 1.4 petrol engine is in use in the new Pegas, which the brand says has been finetuned a bit. It produces 69 kW and 132 Nm, which feels adequate when you’re driving. We honestly couldn’t find fault with the engine. You have a choice between a manual and automatic gearbox in the EX grade, where the LX is only available in a four-speed manual.
Kia always prides itself in offering a 5-year unlimited-kilometre warranty with roadside assist. This shows confidence in their product and is reassuring for you the customer. When you look over at the competitors like Honda’s Amaze, the VW Polo Sedan and the Ford Figo, their warranties don’t compare to what the Koreans have to offer.
Kia Pegas Price
Pegas 1.4 LX Manual R225 995
Pegas 1.4 EX Manual R236 995
Pegas 1.4 EX Auto R251 995