Until now, Kia’s seven-year warranty was only offered on its European-built Cee’d and Sportage models. Now the Korean carmaker has extended it to cover every Kia vehicle, from the Picanto city car to the Sorento SUV, as well as the newly arrived Kia Venga compact MPV.
Longest cover available
Paul Philpott, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors, said: ‘Our intention is to become the world’s number one for customer satisfaction, and our new seven-year Kia warranty on all models is a major step towards achieving that goal.’
It’s not just a UK incentive either, the new warranty applies to all Kia vehicles sold in more than 20 European countries, demonstrating a considerable commitment to the quality of its products.
Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty is the longest on offer to European car buyers. Most other car manufacturer warranties expire after three years, only Kia’s parent company Hyundai has a range-wide five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, while Fiat offers five-year cover on selected models.
What’s not covered?
Not every area of the car is included for seven years, though. Paint is only covered for five years (depending on model), service parts and in-car audio systems are covered for three years/60,000 miles, and accessories and batteries are only covered for two years.
As usual, consumable items such as tyres, brake pads and clutch linings are excluded.
Should you exceed 100,000 miles in the first three years, your Kia will still be covered until the three-year period expires (unless the vehicle is being used as a taxi); you just won’t get the additional four years’ coverage.
Good for car buyers
For used car buyers the extended cover means their three-year-old purchase could come with four years’ manufacturer warranty remaining – more than many new cars have to start with.
Which? thinks this is a good thing. The question is, will any other carmaker rise to the challenge and start offering longer warranties on any of their models?
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