The Kia Classic is a subcompact sedan and a rebadged version of Ford Festiva. It was the first vehicle launched by Kia Motors after it partnered with Ford Motor Company. The first generation (1986 – 1993) of this car was produced by different automakers for different markets such as Kia Motors, Mazda, Arab American Vehicles and SAIPA. Moreover, it was also marketed with different nameplates like Kia Pride, Mazda 121 and SAIPA Saba. The second generation of this vehicle was produced from 1993 to 2000 but this time it was named as Kia Avella. The sedan version of the first generation Festiva is specifically known as Kia Classic in Pakistan, while the hatchback variant is called the Kia Pride. The vehicle is not in production anymore but thankfully KIA is Pakistan now.
Reasons to Buy Kia Classic in Pakistan
Kia Classic Specifications and Performance
As Kia Classic is majorly based on Mazda technology, the engines used in this vehicle are also derived from the Japanese automaker. The standard version uses a 1.1 liter Mazda B1 four-cylinder engine that produces 55 horsepower and 73 Nm of torque. Second in the line of Kia Classic engines is a 1.3 liter Mazda BJ four-cylinder engine producing up to 88 horsepower and 117 Nm torque, while the last one is a 1.3 liter Mazda B3 four-cylinder engine with an output of 73 horsepower and 110 Nm torque. From the very beginning, the Kia Classic has been equipped with either a four-speed or five-speed manual transmission. However, in 1990, the automaker also made available an optional three-speed Mazda F3A automatic transmission.
Kia Classic Interior and Exterior
As said earlier, the Classic was produced in a number of body configurations including sedan, hatchback, liftback, and wagon. However, sedan and hatchback are the most looked upon and easily available variants in Pakistan. The design language of Kia Classic basically comes from Mazda design studios. This design was continuously upgraded through several facelifts. The standard exterior features of this vehicle are body-colored bumpers with impact absorption, body side protection strips, front and rear mud flaps, retractable aerial, 2-speed flick wipers, laminated windscreen, tailgate wiper, internally adjusted headlights with halogen lamps, high-level rear brake light, and rear fog light.
Although it is a subcompact car, the driver cabin is made really spacious and comfortable. The standard facilities inserted into the interior include glove box, cigar lighter, parcel shelf, tool kit, courtesy lights, landscape lamp, reclining front seats and split folding rear seats.
Kia Classic Standout Features
There are various exciting features that add value to this car, which range across entertainment, convenience, driver information, safety, and security. The entertainment package includes detachable audio security panel, RDS radio/satellite and front/rear speakers. The convenience and driver information facilities encompass remote fuel flap release, remote tailgate/boot release, digital clock, trip counter, Tachometer, lights on warning, rev counter and oil pressure warning light.
On the other hand, the safety and security are insured through childproof rear door locks, front and rear inertia-reel seat belts, rear center lap belt, side impact door beams, engine immobilizer, security window etching, key in reminder, Retain a Car security system and locking fuel filler cap.
Kia Classic Price and Availability in Pakistan
As the Classic is not in production anymore, you can only get used versions of this subcompact sedan. The most popular here is the Kia Classic 2005 model. It is a very cheap car that is even affordable by the low-income group. The price starts from as low as PKR 250,000 and may range up to PKR 400,000.
The Kia Classic is an outdated model and usually competes with older generations of Honda City and Toyota Starlet. However, people still admire this small car for the utility it provides at an affordable cost.