Colin-on-Cars – Kia Pegas boosts sedan choices

In stark contrast to global trends, Kia is keeping the sedan alive with the introduction of its new Pegas that will compete in the A/B segment of the market with an entry-level price of R225 995.

Powered by a 1,4-litre engine, the Pegas will appeal to fleet buyers that traditionally favour the sedan body shape and who make up the vast majority of new vehicle purchasers’ in South Africa each year.

Equally, the new Kia Pegas offers families and first-time buyers a combination of technology and space that fulfils their everyday needs.

Measuring 4 300 mm long, the Pegas is one of the largest vehicles in the A/B-class, yet remains compact enough to easily thread through urban traffic. Its long (2 570 mm) wheelbase means the Pegas offers ample cabin space for all passengers, front and rear, while its large boot makes it one of the most versatile cars in its class.

Typically Kia, the wide, horizontal ‘face’ incorporates the brand’s tiger nose’ grille, a DNA signature common to all Kia vehicles around the world.

Inside, there is a 7,0-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, a standard fitment throughout the range (alongside rear park-distance control sensors). The system also boasts Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It can be controlled handsfree and safely via switches on the steering wheel.

Depending on the model grade, the Pegas’ interior is trimmed in either smart cloth or high-quality artificial leather and all variants offer cupholders and a central armrest for the driver. Further adding to comfort levels, electrically adjustable side mirrors and windows are included on the entire range. The 475-litre boot is the largest in the compact sedan class.

The new Pegas is powered by the latest incarnation of Kia’s 1,4-litre multi-point injection petrol engine, producing 69 kW at 6 000 r/min and maximum torque of 132 Nm at 4 000 r/min. The engine drives the front wheels and is available with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.

Two trim levels will be available. Feature highlights on the entry-level LX derivative include 7,0-inch infotainment with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote central locking, rear-view camera with rear park distance control, air-conditioning, front and rear power windows, electrically operated mirrors, 6 speakers, steering wheel remote controls, 14-inch steel wheels and automatic headlamp activation.

Building on the comprehensive features tally, EX modelsadd leather steering wheel, faux-leather seat trim, front fog lights, driver’s seat height adjuster, cruise control, chrome-coated door handles, 14-inch alloy wheels and side repeater lamps

Safety specification across the range includes anti-lock braking with EBD, disc brakes all-round, dual front crash bags and ISOFIX child-seat anchoring points.

“With great connectivity features and comprehensive safety specification, the Pegas ticks all the boxes while offering maximum value,” says Gary Scott, CEO of Kia South Africa. “There’s lots of life in the compact sedan market and the Pegas is poised to draw young families and first-time buyers to the Kia brand.”

Retail Price incl. VAT

Pegas 1.4 LX Manual    R225 995

Pegas 1.4 EX Manual    R236 995

Pegas 1.4 EX Auto        R251 995

All Pegas models ship as standard with Kia’s Unlimited Kilometre, 5-year warranty (inclusive of Roadside Assistance), as well as a prepaid 4-year / 60 000 km service plan.

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