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Top^From 2000 to 2009

Make: Kia

Model: Soul

Released: Apr 2009

Kia's Gen Y-oriented Soul was available with a high level of factory and dealer customisation a la Mini, touting the tall, upright small “urban crossover” as similarly appealing to the BMW-devised Mini Cooper – but at a much lower price.
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Make: Kia

Model: Rondo

Released: Apr 2008

The Rondo 7 was more than just a new version of the long-forgotten 2001 Kia Carens - it is Kia’s attempt at melding a hatchback and seven-seat people mover into the one car.
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Make: Kia

Model: Magentis

Released: Aug 2006

Discontinued: Mar 2010

WE may have laughed at Kia’s previous mid-sized offerings – the medieval Credos of 1998, followed by the invisible Optima duo sold here sporadically for five years from 2001 – but the South Korean firm is deadly serious with the Magentis.
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Make: Kia

Model: Grand Carnival

Released: Jan 2006

Discontinued: Jan 2015

The Grand Carnival is the second-generation Kia people mover stretched so as it can accommodate extra luggage as well as seven people. This time it is a Hyundai-devised vehicle, rather than an ex-Mazda 626-based cast-off.
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Make: Kia

Model: Cerato

Released: Jul 2004

Kia developed the Cerato small car off the 2000 XD Elantra platform, bringing reasonably modern dynamics compared to the model it replaced, the ex-Mazda 323-derived Spectra, Shuma and Mentor.
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Make: Kia

Model: Sorento

Released: Feb 2003

Kia's modern Sorento is loosely based on the Terracan platform, but shares a bespoke body and interior, so it's a very capable off-road vehicle. Hyundai allegedly devised the model for its own use before deciding that the Sorento should be a Kia instead.
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Make: Kia

Model: Optima

Released: May 2001

The EF Sonata-based Optima replaced the ancient Credos as Kia's Camry competitor. It was also the first Hyundai based model since the latter took over in 1998.
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Make: Kia

Model: Spectra

Released: May 2001

Discontinued: Jun 2004

The Spectra was the final version of the 1998 Mentor II that became the Shuma in early 2000 before settling on Spectra from May 2001. Based on an early '90s Mazda 323 platform, the Spectra was put out to pasture when the Hyundai Elantra-based Cerato stepped in from mid-2004.
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Make: Kia

Model: Rio

Released: Jul 2000

Kia's Rio was almost the 2000 Ford Festiva, but Hyundai stopped Ford's sole use of Kia's light-car contender when it took over the company in 1998. But that didn't stop the first generation Rio being not much more than a rebodied 1987 Mazda 121.
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Make: Kia

Model: Carens

Released: Jul 2000

Discontinued: Dec 2001

The Carens was a odd looking, oddly configured 2+2+2 seater people mover aimed at the small-tall wagon market defined by Renault's Scenic, that never really took off in Australia.
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Make: Kia

Model: Shuma

Released: Jan 2000

Discontinued: Apr 2001

The Shuma was the short-lived name for the second-generation Kia small car that was launched here in 1998 as the Mentor II and discontinued in mid-2004 as the (albeit facelifted) Spectra. Any way you look at it though it is still an early 1990s Mazda 323 underneath.
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Top^From 1990 to 1999

Make: Kia

Model: Carnival

Released: Sep 1999

Kia brought in its next-generation people mover in early 2015 as one of its final models in completely refresh model line-up. The new Carnival is both lower and shorter than the outgoing model, but thanks to redesigned styling looks larger than before.
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Make: Kia

Model: Credos

Released: May 1998

Discontinued: Apr 2001

The Credos was the nascient Kia's attempt at a Toyota Camry rival. Based on much of the body and platform of the 1991-1997 Mazda GE 626, the four-door sedan boasted its own nose and tail treatment. Still, not many found homes in Australia.
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Make: Kia

Model: Sportage

Released: Dec 1996

The first Sportage was a compact 4WD wagon that was based on the 1986-1990 Mazda 121 light car, so it was no paragon of space, refinement or strength. At least its successor of the same name adopted a far-more appopriate Hyundai Tucson SUV platform.
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Make: Kia

Model: Mentor

Released: Dec 1996

Discontinued: Jun 2000

Kia first entered the Australian market with the 1989 Mazda 323-derived Mentor small car in late 1996. Boasting front-wheel drive, an attractive five-door hatchback design and keen pricing, the first-generation model ('96-'98) did well.
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