1989 Kia Pride Review

1989 Kia Pride L: 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired57365 miles
Most recent distance68157 miles
Previous carSuzuki Samurai


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

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review