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Kia is an automotive manufacturer from South Korea that is known for technologically advanced cars with innovative features. In Malaysia, Kia cars are known for their build quality, performance, reasonable prices, and top-notch safety features. They also have a comprehensive catalog of impressive new and used cars that are sold in Malaysia including the new Kia EV6.
Kia cars are mainly made in South Korea and imported to other countries worldwide. However, Kia will reportedly contract Inokom to locally assemble Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Kia cars at Inokom's manufacturing plant in Kulim, Kedah in 2022.
In 2016, Kia was ranked the number one automotive brand for reliability in a survey conducted by J.D Power. It was the first non-luxury brand to top the list since 1989. Apart from that, Kia Telluride was ranked highly by Consumer Report in terms of reliability and owner satisfaction. Kia cars are also known for their reliability especially among Kia owners.
Kia offers a warranty period of five years. Maintenance costs incurred after the warranty period range roughly between RM90* and RM800*.
*Estimates are based on service repairs without major engine or gearbox overhauls.
The road tax for a Kia depends on the engine displacement in cubic centimeters (cc). The road tax for a Kia Picanto 1.2 (1248cc) is RM70, while the fee for a Kia Grand Carnival (2199cc) cost around RM 579.
Kia vehicles depreciate between 33 and 39 percent on average in the first three years after purchase. However, the five-year depreciation rate is predicted to be 45 to 52 percent of their original price.
The insurance rate is calculated based on the market price of your car, coverage type, location, engine capacity, and your No Claims Discount (NCD). For example, a used Kia Picanto (1248 cc) in Peninsula Malaysia with zero percent NCD costs roughly RM768* to insure annually while a brand new Picanto costs RM1,370* to insure.
*Based on estimations of used and new car prices.
You can find a list of Kia dealers and service centers here.
You can contact Kia dealers for more information about Kia parts and pricing.
Some of Kia’s safety features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSM), and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), among others.
Kia sells nine car models in Malaysia which are Kia Grand Carnival, Kia Picanto, Kia Optima, Kia Sportage, Kia Cerato, Kia Sorento, Kia Seltos, and Kia Rio.
Kia UVO is an infotainment and telematics service. It connects your smartphone, car, and the infotainment system into a single unit to allow hands-free calls, music streaming, navigation, vehicle diagnostics with voice commands and more.
The Kia EV6 is Kia’s first-ever all-electric car which will launch in Malaysia in the latter half of 2022. Six more Kia EVs are predicted to be launched by 2026.
The most affordable Kia car in Malaysia is the Kia Picanto, which starts from RM49,888 for the base variant.