Kia Avella Reviews

1994 Kia Avella 1.3 from Central African Republic

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 kilometres
Most recent distance142600 kilometres

Summary:

Very good - strong for a small car

Faults:

This car was imported and sold as a used vehicle from Korea.

Has been a reliable car, but sometimes there is no ignition until the third attempt, maybe because of the dust and heat?

The car is not able to be serviced at a dealer, so a friend of mine sometimes helps if there are problems. The only major problem was the head gasket replacement, which took a very long time to arrive - nearly 1 month.

The radio does not work.

The lights often do not work.

Wipers do not work sometimes.

General Comments:

This is the first car of my family.

I like it very much. Fuel is very expensive and hard to get. This car is good at using little fuel.

Very bumpy over the rough roads, but that's OK as it feels solid.

It is the only Kia I have seen in Bangui.

The paint is fading.

It is comfortable to ride in and the inside is big.

I hope that it keeps going for years and years.

Thank you Kia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2006

23rd Nov 2006, 01:13

I bought my Kia Avella 3 months ago, my problem is getting proper maintenance for this unit. Can I ask you for a maintenance manual for my reference?

1997 Kia Avella 1.3L from Korea

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

Have fun with this car and give your wallet a break

Faults:

I have to try twice on cold starts, but it always goes on the second try.

General Comments:

You need to try out this car if your in the market for economy and reliability!

I've been driving this car for 5 months. The high point is it's reliability and that it's cheap to repair.

I busted the side mirror parking against a wall. It cost only 30$ to repair. However this is in Korea and its much cheaper here compared to North America.

The steering is rough, you need to be a confident driver. Don't be afraid of the squirrley sensation. The car's not going to role; hopefully.

I'm 6'4, but I'm still comfortable in the drivers seat. Even after long drives, I'm not cramping. Compared to the old Century this is great.

It takes a lot of time to hit 100km/h, but it gets to 50 quickly, which is all I need driving in a Korean city. I didn't get the car for performance anyway. I hardly ever see 4th gear even.

I enjoy the small size of the car it makes parking easy and getting down 1 way roads a cinch.

The stereo is the best I've ever heard for an entry-level vehicle. It's much better than the crappy Civics, and Proteges.

Look at this car or it's U.S. model the Aspire! They are great reliable, cheap to fix cars.

The previous owner is a friend of mine and spent little money on repairs over 80 000km.

I hope they did as well on the Sephia, I'd like to check that car out too.

The Korean fuel sticker on the car says it's official rating is 17km/litre. One litre of gas is about 2CDN. Ouch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2004

27th Jul 2004, 09:06

Hi been looking into this car lately I personally think it's a cool car economical wise, but I have been wondering about speed I know it probably isn't very fast, but I mean if I were 2 reach 110 km/h would it start 2 shake or do other weird stuff?? I just need sum more details on the car help please.

1998 Kia Avella GXi 1.3 from Uruguay

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carFord Festiva

Summary:

Great car for an average family with higher pretensions

Faults:

I also don't like the steering manners.

General Comments:

It's very economical and, I think, the roomiest in its class.

I do not like the way it turns on slow corners when driving fast, it does not give confidence to its driver and the equipment is really poor (no power windows, air conditioning, power steering, etc.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2004

7th Aug 2004, 05:53

I had this problem until I switched to alloy wheels. That made a dramatic improvement and my car is much more stable around corners than the average car.

1998 Kia Avella 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.5
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

I like this car, never any problems with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 1999

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews