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Kia steps into 2015 with new big-value SR7 models

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Kia steps into 2015 with new big-value SR7 models

New, top-value SR7 versions of four favourite Kia models have become available across the company's dealer network. The special edition Rio, Venga, Carens and cee'd family SR7 models are targeted at retail customers looking for the ideal combination of price and specification, and emphasise that while Kia continues to raise quality and style, it has not taken its eye off the ball when it comes to value.

Every SR7 has a higher specification than the 2014 VR7 special-edition models. LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, front foglights, automatic headlight control, privacy glass, UV-reducing solar glass, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and roof rails are the highlights of the equipment additions, depending on model. There are also new alloy wheels and colour options.

This is just the start of a long list of new models, facelifts and product enhancements to come from Kia during 2015, spearheaded by an all-new Sorento. There will be a new grade ‘4' version of the Carens; significant facelifts for the Rio and Venga; an Alpine Edition Sportage and further options with the Soul Mixx and Maxx.

Kia's VR7 special-edition models have proved hugely popular with retail customers because of the high specification they deliver at extremely appealing prices. With their even higher levels of equipment, the replacement SR7 variants are set to capitalise even more.

The Rio and Venga SR7 will be based on the respective facelifted models now in UK showrooms. The Rio SR7 is available as a three- or five-door with an 84bhp 1.25-litre petrol engine, or as a five-door with a 1.1-litre diesel featuring Kia's ISG stop/start system. In each case the SR7 sits between the normal ‘1 Air' and ‘2' grades in the line-up.

The Rio SR7 features automatic headlight control, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and UV-reducing solar glass in addition to the highlights from last year's VR7 of air conditioning, reversing sensors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, Bluetooth, USB and AUX ports, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and electric windows (all four on five-door versions). It has the same premium black cloth upholstery fitted to the latest ‘2' and ‘3' trim grades, and bespoke 15-inch alloy wheels. The five colour choices include the new solid Lemon Zest on petrol models. Bright Silver is specific to the diesel.

The Venga SR7 is available with 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines. ISG is fitted to the petrol unit. The SR7 sits between ‘1 Air' and ‘2' trim grades and has automatic headlight control and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate in addition to the VR7 key features of air conditioning, reversing sensors, Bluetooth, USB and AUX ports, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and electric windows. The upholstery is the striking new Houndstooth cloth with red stitching from the facelifted Venga ‘1' and ‘1 Air', with the stitching echoed in the leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter. The stylish 16-inch alloy wheels are the same as those fitted to Venga ‘2', ‘3' and ‘4' grades, while the one solid paint option (Arctic White) and three metallics (Silver Storm, Phantom Black and Infra Red) are those offered with the latest Venga ‘1' and ‘1 Air'.

The new pro-cee'd ‘SR7' slots just below the regular ‘S' grade, while the cee'd and cee'd Sportswagon ‘SR7' fit between regular tiers ‘1' and ‘2'. All three body styles are available with a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, while the five-door cee'd also offers an 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel.

Every version has LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, front foglights, automatic headlight control and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate which were not available on the 2014 VR7. Key features carried over include air conditioning, reversing sensors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, Bluetooth, USB and AUX ports, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and electric windows (all four on five-door versions). The upholstery is black Abstract, also found on the level ‘1' cee'd and Sportswagon, while the double-five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels replicate those on the cee'd ‘2' and ‘3'. The four colour options include solid Track Red plus Silver Storm, Phantom Black and Fusion White metallics.

The all new Carens SR7 offers buyers the choice of two direct-injection engines - the 1.6-litre GDi petrol unit or the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel. Both are fitted with ISG to maximise fuel economy and minimise CO2 emissions. This brings the CO2 output of the SR7 1.6 GDi down to 120g/km - the lowest in the Carens range.

Standard premium features include LED daytime running lights, front foglights, automatic headlight control, 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, premium cloth seats, reversing sensors, dual automatic air conditioning and roof rails.

Meanwhile the new grade ‘4' version of the Carens, powered by the 134bhp 1.7-litre CRDi engine paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, has been added at the top of the range to replace the former ‘3 Sat Nav' model. The manual is fitted with ISG. The extensive specification of the ‘3 Sat Nav' has been supplemented with Parallel Park Assist, a 7-inch TFT supervision cluster and black headlining to create a genuinely luxurious top-of-the-range model.

All SR7 models are identified by sporty model designation logos on the lower half of each front door. The SR7 models are available exclusively to retail customers as 7th January 2015.

Rio SR7 - pricing and insurance groups

Model

OTR price

Insurance group

3dr 1.25 84bhp petrol 5-speed manual

£10,345

3

5dr 1.25 84bhp petrol 5-speed manual

£12,445

3

5dr 1.1 74bhp diesel 6-speed manual ISG

£13,745

2

Venga SR7 - pricing and insurance groups

Model

OTR price

Insurance group

1.4 89bhp petrol 5-speed manual ISG

£13,595

9

1.4 89bhp diesel 6-speed manual

£14,895

10

cee'd SR7 - pricing and insurance groups

Model

OTR price

Insurance group

pro_cee'd 1.4 98bhp petrol 6-speed manual

£15,150

9

cee'd 1.4 98bhp petrol 6-speed manual

£15,650

8

cee'd 1.4 CRDi 89bhp diesel 6-speed manual

£16,940

8

cee'd Sportswagon 1.4 petrol 98bhp petrol 6-speed manual

£16,650

8

Carens SR7 - pricing and insurance groups

Model

OTR price

Insurance group

1.6 133bhp petrol 6-speed manual ISG

£19,295

13

1.7 113bhp diesel 6-speed manual ISG

£20,690

12

Carens 4 - pricing and insurance groups

Model

OTR price

Insurance group

1.7 113bhp diesel 6-speed manual ISG

£25,650

17

1.7 113bhp diesel 6-speed automatic

£27,055

17

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