Mike Stevens | Aug 1, 2012

Kia has leapt into the fray this week, announcing a competitive new capped-price servicing and roadside assistance package.

Dubbed Kia Connect, the new program offers capped-price servicing across its five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, with annual servicing intervals - a first for the Australian market.

For models bought after August 1, the Connect program also includes a complimentary service at three months or 3000km.

“A capped-price service program, particularly where a service is an annual event, is an excellent tool for owners to have clarity and consistency of pricing when budgeting for keeping their new purchase in peak condition," Kia Motors Australia COO Tony Barlow said.

As an example of the capped pricing structure (there is a full chart below), the first annual servicing of a Rio 1.4 litre hatch will cost $239, peaking at $458 for its fourth annual service.

A diesel Grand Carnival will cost $338 at its first annual service, peaking at $510 for the fourth year.

A 24hr/seven-day roadside assist service is also included, with the first year covered as part of the purchase, renewed every 12 months with each annual service at a registered Kia service provider.

Kia Connect applies to all vehicles bought after August 1, although come September, the program will also apply to vehicles already in service and still in the warranty period.

For those cars already in service, the program will begin at the next relevant service and run until the end of the existing warranty.

Kia's Connect program arrives just days after partner Hyundai announced its upgraded iCare program, offering three years of capped-price servicing for all new cars bought after August 1.

 

Pricing

The Kia Connect full service pricing table is below.

Model

Engine Size

Engine Type

1 Yr/15k

2 Yrs/30k

3 Yrs/45k

4 Yrs/60k

5 Yrs/75k

Rio

1.4

Petrol

$239

$310

$292

$458

$267

1.6

Petrol

$263

$351

$321

$453

$293

Cerato

2.0

Petrol

$262

$429

$321

$535

$292

Soul

2.0

Petrol

$262

$329

$277

$746

$292

1.6

Diesel CRDI

$323

$397

$398

$627

$391

Optima

2.4

$299

$358

$361

$536

$334

Rondo

2.0

Petrol

$262

$429

$321

$535

$292

Carnival

3.5

Petrol

$287

$359

$350

$562

$320

2.2

Diesel CRDI

$338

$468

$405

$510

$378

Sportage

2.0

Petrol

$254

$435

$302

$533

$283

2.4

Petrol

$254

$435

$302

$533

$283

2.0

Diesel CRDI

$349

$423

$403

$596

$389

Sorento

2.4

Petrol

$281

$392

$332

$601

$313

3.5

Petrol

$316

$376

$370

$583

$353

2.2

Diesel CRDI

$314

$374

$368

$559

$351

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