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Kia capped price servicing - cost, schedule & info

​​Kia offers competitive, but not class-leading, capped-price servicing

Kia offers a capped-price servicing program for all of its current models, which it inventively calls "Kia Capped Price Service".

Kia Australia says it believes "that when you purchase a vehicle, you should have a clear understanding of what it will cost to maintain", and true to form, the company's service offering is very impressive.

Along with a strong seven-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, Kia backs its models with a seven-year servicing plan - no matter what model you own. The plan has been in play since October 2014, meaning that the brand's customers from way back then still have new-car warranty and capped-price servicing - where many competitors would have already done their dash.

The Kia ownership plan is fully transferrable between owners, which helps with resale value; selling a four-year-old car with an ongoing ownership plan is a pretty enticing offer.

Most Kia models require maintenance every 12 months or 15,000 kilometres, making for a maximum service cover of seven years/105,000km, but turbocharged petrol (T-GDI) models require maintenance every 12 months/10,000km. Some earlier turbo models required visits every six months/10,000km, meaning an annoying 14 scheduled services over the coverage period.

Kia also backs its cars with a roadside-assistance plan. Every time you service your vehicle at an authorised dealership, you will receive a 12-month extension, up to a maximum of eight years.

As with many other brands, you can enter your VIN (vehicle identification number) online to get quotes specific to your exact car.

It’s almost perfect for Kia, which offers a sensational aftercare and servicing plan. Long warranty cover and good value make for a promising ownership plan - it just falls short of a perfect score because some models need servicing every six months. 9/10

While seven years isn't as lengthy as some competitors that offer lifetime capped-price service plans, the fact it includes a seven-year warranty makes it rather tempting. You can check out the table below for the average cost per service for each of the models in the Kia range, plus the service intervals applicable to each of the different variants listed.

Model Years Warranty No. of Years Capped Servicing Avg. Cost per Service (over 7 years) Total Cost (over 7 years)
Soul 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $352.30 $2,566.00
Rio 1.0 T-GDI Turbo Petrol 7 7 (every 12 months / 10,000km) $484.57 $3,392.00
Rio1.4L Petrol 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $390.71 $2,735.00
Cerato 1.6 T-GDI 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $470.70 $3,295.00
Cerato Sedan 2.0L 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $364.60 $3,552.00
Cerato Hatch 2.0L 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $417.85 $2,939.00
Sportage 2.0L Diesel 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $511.43 $3,580.00
Sportage 2.0L Petrol 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $391.71 $2,742.00
Sportage 2.4L Petrol 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $408.14 $2,857.00
Picanto 1.0 T-GDI 7 7 (every 12 months / 10,000km) $423.43 $2,964.00
Picanto 1.2L Petrol 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $366.71 $2,567.00
Sorento 2.2L Diesel 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $474.14 $3,319.00
Sorento 3.5L Petrol 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $417.14 $2,920.00
Optima 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $478.14 $3,347.00
Stinger 2.0 T-GDI  7 7 (every 12 months / 10,000km) $491.58 $3,441.00
Stinger 3.3L 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $576.00 $4,032.00
Carnival 3.3L Petrol 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $504.57 $3,532.00
Carnival 2.2L Diesel 7 7 (every 12 months / 15,000km) $522.43 $3,657.00

If you want to find out more about a specific manufacturer's capped price servicing, please see below:

Audi capped price servicing Mercedes-Benz capped price servicing
BMW capped price servicing Mitsubishi capped price servicing
Citroen capped price servicing Nissan capped price servicing
Ford capped price servicing Peugeot capped price servicing
Holden capped price servicing Renault capped price servicing
Honda capped price servicing Skoda capped price servicing
HSV capped price servicing Subaru capped price servicing
Hyundai capped price servicing Suzuki capped price servicing
Isuzu capped price servicing Toyota capped price servicing
Jeep capped price servicing Volkswagen capped price servicing
Lexus capped price servicing Volvo capped price servicing
Mazda capped price servicing    

​Are you a Kia owner? Have you had any issues with the capped-price service plan? Let us know in the comments section below.

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