KIA ANNOUNCES A HOT HATCH
Rising Korean brand finally gets sporty with a 1.6 turbo three-door
It does suggest however that it’ll be a bit of a looker. Aggressive bumpers and Golf GTI-style red accent lines will be matched to big, chunky wheels, promising a car that could just be the first desirable Kia. And, note to Ford, it's easier to make a hot hatch look good by basing it on a three-door.
Power will come from a 1.6-litre direct-injection turbocharged engine, according to the firm, but it didn't reveal the output. Speculation is that it'll achieve around 180hp for a 60mph dash in around seven seconds. It'll be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
That makes it warmish rather than hot next to the likes of the Focus ST and Astra VXR, but anything the swells the fast hatch ranks is fine by us.
The car will arrive "in the second half" of next year and while no price has been announced, we'd hazard a guess it'll be sub £20,000. It'll also come with Kia's seven-year warranty.
What do you reckon? Would you buy a Kia hot hatch?