This review refers to the Kia Shuma II Ice 1.6 4dr Saloon.
I've been an owner of the Shuma II Ice since June 04 and I must say that the previous reviewers problem has not been experienced at all.
For what is essentially a very cheap car it is surprisingly well appointed with Aircon, CD player and all round electric windows as standard.
Comments have been made about the air conditioning affecting the cars performance, this is so (as with any cars aircon) however not to such an extent that it makes the vehicle kangaroo or in any other way unusable. Acceleration is affected with the unit running but not excessively so. In fact the only gripe I have with the air con is that when you switch from screen to any other setting it turns off!
Internally the vehicle is quite nicely trimmed with velvet type roof lining and a dashboard that isn't as plasticy as some more mainstream cars I have driven (Hondas HRV springs to mind), seats are comfortable and it comes with ISOFIX fittings on the rear seats (absolutely excellent innovation) so that your child seats are totally immovable.
The vehicle is huge, cabin space doesn't feel massive however the boot is more the adequate for my family of five and it gives a very comfortable ride.
Engine noise tends to rise at high speeds however it is very quiet through town.
Having driven the car for around three years and 260000 miles now I'd recommend one to anybody looking for a bargain (maybe secondhand at low milage) however as they are now no longer produced its probably best to look elsewhere unless you have an absolute bargain.
I have just returned from the most helpful and efficient car dealer I have ever experienced and am currently awaiting Saturday morning when I go and collect my brand new "Y" registration Kia Shuma. Until last Saturday I had only just heard of this car manufacturer (I actually learnt to drive in a Kia Pride about 10 years ago), never mind the actual model, and within a week a brand shiny new one will be sitting on my driveway. There is a little background to this story, so if you are sitting carefully, then I'll begin..... For the last four years, we have undertaken the "Ford Options" scheme, which, 4 years ago seemed like a good idea at the time, but we now unfortunately regret. Four years ago, we decided to put a considerable sum of money down on a Ford Fiesta Flight (brand new) and enter into a two-year options deal. We would then pay £180 a month, and at the end of the two years, have the option to buy it or exchange it for a new Fiesta. 2 years later, we chose the latter option, paid a nominal administration fee and drove off in a new Fiesta. However, this model was a lower specification and we had to pay £210 a month. A couple of weeks ago, as our contract renewal date was due, we decided to pop into the Ford garage to discuss further "options". We now have a child and really want a bigger car, we had considered the Focus. The guy at the Ford showroom discussed a similar Options package, note that the Options can now only be taken over 3 years, not 2, which was very disappointing. The final "nail in the coffin" was that it would now cost us £270 a month, which we can ill afford. He then continued to try and fob us off with a Fiesta, stating that the repayments would be much less. We went round and round in circles for about 2 hours and left, he promised he would find us something and contact us. However, we were rather put out by the fact that we have been loyal to Ford f
or 4 years and paid over £12,000 in 4 years, and got absolutely nothing to show for it, so we decided to spread our wings and look elsewhere at the competition. The only problem being, if we give our Fiesta back, how would we find a deposit for a new car? I contacted my faithful Dad (always good for a shoulder to cry on!!) and as my Mum has had a Kia Pride from new a year ago, with no problems, he suggested trying out the Shuma. The Kia dealers currently have these models on a special offer price, not only are they at £10,500, you only have to put £99 deposit down on a brand new model. This seemed too good to be true, but as the salesman kept on, I realised that (unlike with Ford), there are absolutely no hidden costs (administration fees or otherwise). We then discussed finance packages, and currently Kia are offering 0% finance, so therefore it works out at £165 a month over 5 years. This on a brand new hatchback family car, bigger than a Ford Mondeo, makes buying a large family car much more affordable. Also, not just that, but the car will actually be mine at the end of the day and I won't actually owe a penny to Kia (unlike Ford). I can then part-exchange it for a new one, or even terminate the contract at any time and exchange it for a newer one. All Kia cars (Shuma included) come with a 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty, 6 year anti-perforation warranty AND a 3 year Kia-Assist roadside assist package (including European cover). Therefore, this saves me 3 year's worth of £85 Ford RAC cover = £255. Added to the fact that I shall be paying over £100 less a month than I would be on a Ford Focus, I just can't believe the excellent deal!! As for the actual car itself, here are a few details: The Shuma I've gone for is a 1.6 SX (this used to be a 1.5 engine, but is now a re-designed Mazda 1.6L). It has body coloured bumpers, door handles, mirrors (with metallic "Steel Blue" paint), 6 speaker stereo, sunroof,
front & rear electric windows, power steering, central locking, and a zillion other gadgets (from something so simple as an interior boot light - not compulsory on a Fiesta!!). The dimensions make the car bigger all round than a Ford Mondeo, the dimensions being: Overall length: 4,475mm Overall width: 1,711mm Overall height: 1,413mm Wheelbase: 2,560mm Unfortunately, with a CO2 emmission of 190 g/km this puts us in the highest category for Road Tax, (Mr. Chancellor rubs his hands with glee.) However, for a much bigger and more powerful car, the insurance is only £12 a month more expensive, which I reckon is very good. Any way, I shall update this review after a couple of weeks after Saturday (my eagerly-awaited collection date) and let dooyooer's know of it's performance. If my review has swayed you in any way, to find out more or to book a test drive, surf on to www.kia.co.uk or call 0800 775 777.