Kia introduces small sedan locally

Kia introduced a new small sedan in the South-African market, marking a return to the sedan-segment for this Korean brand.

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The new Pegas has a best-in-class boot size of 475 litres and a spacious interior aimed at first-time buyers and value-seeking families, according to the manufacturer.

Measuring 4 300 mm in length, the Pegas is one of the largest vehicles in the A/B-class. Its long (2 570 mm) wheelbase means the Pegas offers ample cabin space for all passengers, front and rear.

It is immediately recognisable as a member of the Kia family with its horizontal ‘face’ with the brand’s famous ‘tiger nose’ grille, a DNA signature common to all Kia vehicles around the world.

Inside, the Pegas has a contemporary dashboard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, a standard fitment throughout the range (alongside rear park-distance control sensors). The system also has Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It can be controlled handsfree and safely via switches on the steering wheel.

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    Depending on the model grade, the Pegas’s interior is trimmed in either cloth or leather, and all variants offer cupholders and a central armrest for the driver.

    The Pegas is powered by the latest incarnation of Kia’s 1.4-litre petrol engine, which produces 69 kW and 132 Nm. The engine drives the front wheels, and the vehicle is available with a choice between a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.

    Two trim levels will be available. Feature highlights on the entry-level LX derivative, to name but a few, include: 7-inch infotainment with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote central locking, rear-view camera with rear park distance control, air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows, electric mirrors, 6 speakers, steering wheel remote controls, 14-inch steel wheels and automatic headlights.

    The EX-models add a leather steering wheel, faux-leather seat trim, front fog lights, driver’s seat height adjuster, cruise control, chromed door handles, 14-inch alloy wheels and side-mounted indicators.

    All models have ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and ISOFIX child-seat anchoring points.

    • Pricing (June 2021):

    Pegas 1.4 LX Manual (R225 995), Pegas 1.4 EX Manual (R236 995) and the Pegas 1.4 EX Auto (R251 995).

    • Competitors:

    Fiat Tipo, Honda Amaze, Suzuki Ciaz/DeZire, Ford Fogo and the entry-level Polo Sedan.

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