By Shereen Shabnam
Spacious, economical and highly practical, the new Kia Pegas compact sedan is a smart option for young families in urban areas with generous storage, a stylish exterior design and spacious cabin space. The Kia Pegas has an array of features and technologies for driver convenience making it a practical car that delivers the perfect combination of comfort, space, and innovation.
The Pegas offers buyers in this class a uniquely stylish design, with sculpted body panels and bold character lines complemented by a striking color palette and a carefully-balanced sedan silhouette. Its deep bumpers incorporate sporty air curtain intakes in each corner, and a large trapezoidal air intake. The wide ‘tiger-nose’ grille extends into the headlamps, enhancing the sense of width and stability.
The relatively long wheelbase and sloping tailgate visually enhances the length of the Pegas. The rear of the car is characterized by its sedan tailgate, with a subtle yet sporty ducktail profile to the trailing edge of the trunk lid and a pair of neat rear combination lamps. The Pegas is offered with a choice of up to seven paint colors, ensuring there is a color for every personality and runs on 14-inch steel or aluminum alloy wheels.
Inside, the cabin of the Pegas offers occupants maximum space and convenience. The center fascia has been designed to enhance ease-of-use, with many of the car’s functions controlled with clear, ergonomic buttons. Additionally, the center console provides plenty of storage space to enhance usability, with built-in cupholders that can be reached from the front and rear of the cabin. A small two-level tray at the base of the dashboard can also be used to store occupants’ smartphones while on the move.
The multimedia system at the center of the dashboard is available with either a 3.8-inch display or an optional 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The larger screen features Bluetooth connectivity to enable Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. The cabin can be equipped with either four or six speakers, depending on vehicle specification.
The dashboard’s modern design is matched by circular rotatable air vents, finished with chrome and black high-gloss bezels, while speakers are integrated into the doors behind specially-designed grilles which extend backwards beneath the arm rest. A central arm-rest for front occupants, and a stylish cloth interior make the cabin more inviting.
Engine and Capability
The Kia Pegas is powered by Kia’s efficient 1.4-liter ‘Kappa’ MPI (multi-point injection) gasoline engine which produces maximum output of 95PS at 6,000rpm and maximum torque output of 132 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Fuel economies vary in accordance with market regulations and the engine is available with an automatic transmission.
Furthermore, the Pegas is equipped with an array of safety features, including dual airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). ESC and VSM work in parallel to help keep the car stable and maintain traction under cornering.
The driving experience of the Pegas car was smooth and great for cruising around town and a breeze on Beach Road. The Kia Pegas handles really well on sharp turns, on bumps and is overall an easy and comfortable ride.