1989 Kia Pride L: 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


Economical, Reliable Town Car


Exhaust (front pipe and back box). Normal wear and tear problem, but expensive compared to other vehicles.

Leaking wheel cylinder (again, normal wear)

General Comments:

The 1.3 unit is not the most refined, but as it is old trusted Mazda technology, it has proved it's reliability.

Cabin space is surprisingly generous for a supermini this size, but don't expect to stretch out in the back.

Trim is basic, but functional.

Handling is reasonable for the class of car. Very nippy around town and extremely easy parking.

Not a great distance vehicle. Runs out of steam at higher speeds, making overtaking a chore. Also noisy at speed.

Reliability is second-to-none. Which is a good thing, as when parts do need replacing, they can be on the pricey side.

Fuel economy is above average - very cheap to run.

Looks are nothing to be ashamed of - it's not an ugly car, just nothing outstanding to look at (it's an old Mazda 121).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2003