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Kia’s winter special editions

Updates for Kia's Picanto, Rio and Soul ranges

Kia Soul Tempest

Kia Soul Tempest wears 18in alloy wheels

Korean carmaker Kia has announced three new upmarket special editions for winter 2009: the Picanto Graphite, Rio Graphite and Soul Tempest.

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Kia Picanto Graphite

The Graphite is powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine. On the outside it can be identified by its standard titanium silver metallic paintwork, 14-inch alloy wheels and rear spoiler. The doors are opened via remote central locking, while the interior features driver’s seat height adjustment, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel trimmed in leather and a silver centre console.

Creature comforts consist of air conditioning and a CD player with iPod connection. The Kia Picanto Graphite is priced at £8,495.

Kia Rio Graphite

The Kia Rio Graphite gets indicators integrated into the door mirrors, black bezels for the headlights and foglights, and 15-inch alloy wheels. Alloy pedals, air conditioning, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearknob, plus a metallic centre console spruce up the inside.

It’s available with a 1.4-litre petrol engine for £9,395, or a 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel for £10,395.

Kia Soul Tempest

Kia has been selling limited edition versions of the since it was launched in early 2009, collectively labelled the Originals. The latest Originals arrival is this new Tempest, which replaces the Samba. 

Like the Picanto and Rio, the Tempest is also finished in Titanium Silver, with high gloss black bumper inserts and door mirrors, plus massive 18-inch black alloy wheels.

On the inside, Kia’s added a metallic centre console, chrome accents and black seat trim. It’s also fitted a reversing camera parking system  featuring a screen in the rear view mirror and an upgraded stereo system with dash-top centre speaker, subwoofer and amplifier.

The Soul Tempest is available with 1.6-litre petrol or turbodiesel engines, and with an optional four-speed automatic gearbox, making it the first Soul Original available as an auto. Prices start at £12,845, which looks like good value to us.

Other minor changes to the Soul range include improvements to trim quality on some models, a new dash-top storage box design and different paint choices. Prices now start slightly higher, at £10,775.


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