12 Best Kia Commercials of All Time
Not only is Kia well known for their high quality, high tech vehicles, but they're also well known for the fantastic commercials they make to market them. From the get go they've turned out funny, sentimental, and just plain danceable ads that get stuck in people's heads.
Trust me, when you head down to one of your local Kia dealerships, just try not to picture a bunch of hamsters letting loose. Bet you can't do it. Check out these first-rate Kia commercials. They'll bring back lots of memories and probably make you laugh out loud.
A Funny Way to Haggle
Kia definitely has some oldies but goodies; that's for sure. One classic shows a man doing some faux negotiating to impress his wife.
While sitting in a showroom model, the husband flails his hands around and makes a fist while talking to the salesperson.
The husband actually thinks the car is a great deal, but he explains that he has to make his wife believe he's negotiating aggressively. The salesperson tells the guy he's got his back and reports to the wife that her husband is one tough fella.
Remember the Monkey?
Before Kia had hamsters, they had a famous sock monkey. In a commercial from Super Bowl season, a human-sized sock monkey and his toy pals go on quite the adventure in a Kia Sorento.
But the trip quickly comes to an end when a little boy and his mom hop in. Didn't you always wonder what your toys were doing when you weren't in the room?
The Soul Takes the Stage
Where would the Kia Soul be without the signature hamsters that helped it bust into the market with their sweet dance moves?
Though it wasn't the hamster's very first appearance, one of their most popular early commercials was choreographed to "Everyday I'm Shuffling."
Three trendy hamsters press pause on the apocalypse and unite a field of armed bots with their hip dance off.
This or That
One of Kia's most famous hamster ads hit the scene in the early 2000s. Rapping hamsters with trendy headphones and classic hip-hop gear put a new spin on "Black Sheep."
They go around the city comparing the shiny, modern Soul to riding in a toaster or cardboard box. "You can get with this or you can get with that."
Dream Dust Overkill
Kia's unbelievable 2012 Super Bowl commercial starts pretty nonchalantly with a magical visit from the Sand Man. But he trips over a pair of slippers and overdoes it with the dust.
Suddenly, the peacefully sleeping man finds himself flying around a track in a Kia Optima with Motley Crue rocking out in the background.
He also passes stadium seats full of hot chicks in bikinis, a guy riding a rhino, and two lumberjacks sawing a giant sub in half.
In 2013 the Kia Soul hamsters did it Gangnam style. The spot starts off with a very formal opera that's suddenly interrupted when the Soul appears on stage.
The conductor rips off a mask to reveal that he's truly a hamster, and his pals rush the stage. Though the ballerinas and lead singer are initially taken aback, they're soon booty shaking with the best of them.
For an epic exit, the hamsters jump in the Kia Soul, press the push-button start, and fly off into a laser-filled sky reminiscent of those school picture backgrounds from the nineties.
No Football and No Jorts
A couple of years ago, Blake Griffin, Kia's NBA partner, starred in a series of Optima commercials that showed him time traveling into the past to give his younger self advice.
Though many of them are quite humorous, one is particularly amusing. It shows Griffin heading back to 1997, and the first thing he does is kick a football away from the child version of himself, simply saying it's the wrong sport.
Before he takes off, he makes sure to warn his former self to stop wearing jean shorts. Good call.
Where Babies Come From
Inspired by that ever-feared question from children, Kia's 2013 Super Bowl ad addresses where babies come from.
When asked for an explanation, a father explains to his son that babies come from another planet and are brought to Earth in special ships.
Unfortunately, his son doesn't quite buy it and begins to question the idea. But the father thinks fast, using the UVO system to throw on "Wheels on the Bus" for a quick save.
Sexy Robot Takedown
Apparently Kia's voluptuous bots don't care for tire kicking. At the reveal of a new Kia Forte, some schlub drags his greasy fingers across the car's windows and then stops to kick the rubber.
With neon eyes and impressive rage, one of the female bots who is showcasing the car sends the guy flying across the room and into a wall. The ending line is simple: "Respect the Tech."
The Soul's Transformation
Last year's Super Bowl spot began with the Kia hamsters doing some hardcore workouts at the gym and paying a visit to the salon.
In the second half you realize what all the buildup was for as the hamsters roll up to a red carpet event. When they get out of their sharp-looking Kia Soul, they appear pretty darn slick themselves.
After shedding several pounds, styling their hair, and donning some black tie getups, they swagger down the carpet in style.
A New Kind of Western
In a classic frontier showdown, Blake Griffin gets into a bit of a shuffle with the director of a Kia commercial.
The set for the ad is clearly designed for a Western, but Griffin shows up in a brand new Optima instead of on his horse.
But it takes no time at all for Griffin to convince the director that people don't want to see a tired old horse. They want to see something new and exciting like Kia's 274-horsepower sedan.
This One's Electrifying
One of Kia's latest ads shows a group of geeked out hamsters with bowties infusing the first Soul EV with its electric power.
Accidentally, they infuse a female hamster with the same powers, turning her into a leather-clad bombshell.
They jump in the EV and rush downtown to buy armfuls of female hamsters. After zapping them too, an epic dance party ensues. The moves are so awesome that Kia even put out an instructional video.