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During the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Motors made a large appearance by showing off many of their new vehicles. This included the new 2020 Kia Soul, 2020 Kia Soul EV, and the upcoming new Kia Niro EV, the electric vehicle version of the popular and successful Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid crossover. We’ve received a lot of great news about the Kia Niro EV so far. The Kia Niro EV has great fuel efficiency, or should we say driving range, since it is an electric vehicle. Kia Motors is becoming increasingly popular for its far-driving alternative fuel vehicles, but the automaker has been heralded a lot for its safety, with many Kia Motors vehicles named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the Kia Drive Wise Package that will help keep drivers everywhere safe. Now, the Kia Niro EV will be joining the pack with several advanced safety features standard.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Oh, the long and empty highways are made for this, and the drivers behind the wheel must love it. “Adaptive Cruise Control” is also sometimes known as “Smart Cruise Control”. The concept behind the technology and its operation are simple. In the world of self-driving and autonomous cars, semi-autonomy is right around the corner. Right now, vehicles have achieved level 3 autonomy, with adaptive cruise control being one of those systems. Here’s how it works – (1) just like the normal cruise control, the driver sets the speed, (2) the vehicle maintains that speed, and (3) unlike the norm, if the driver’s vehicle starts to approach another vehicle quickly, the vehicle will slow down to a more appropriate speed, and then (4) speed back up accordingly.
Now that the 2018 Kia Stinger is out, we’re all trying to get our hands on one, whether it’s for a test drive, a first drive review, or just to feel the glory of the new Kia sports car. Well, if you are looking for one in South Florida, head to Miami Lakes Automall because we have several Kia Stinger models available. One of our writers took a ride in the Kia Stinger GT2 to learn a little more about the car and what drivers can expect, like a configurable LCD display and a multitude of user settings.
Navigating the Display
It may not seem intuitive to everyone, but these days, many automakers put a button on the steering wheel that makes it possible for users to adjust some settings, such as turning off the chime notification of the Lane Departure Warning system. Such settings will be displayed on the LCD monitor behind the steering wheel. To get to the main menu, press the steering-wheel mounted button that looks like two sheets of paper. The driver can press it multiple times to cycle through several menus, including fuel economy, driving range, G-force, and User Settings.
Upon arriving at the User Settings menu, another button right underneath the aforementioned button is used to move the selection on screen up or down, and pressing it acts as an “enter” or “okay” button. Use these directions to find the User Settings display. There’s plenty to cover.
Upon reaching the User Settings screen, it may be a bit daunting at first. There’s multiple menus there, each with their own set of options. The list consists of:
- Heads-Up Display
- Driver Assistance
- Service Interval
Here’s what each one covers.
Kia Motors is really stepping up their game with car design lately. First the 2018 Kia Niro, then the 2018 Kia Stinger, and most recently, the 2018 Kia Stonic made their way onto the lineup. With all these great vehicles that look good and are fun to drive, one question many consumers will ask is “Are they safe?” You better believe they’re safe, just look at all the available advanced features Kia Motors implements into their vehicle lineup.
Any kind of automatic safety feature is convenient, that’s true, but there are some instances where one may come in handy more than another. Rear-camera displays have become practically a norm in vehicles for seeing what’s behind the vehicle when backing up, but Kia takes a step further by putting a surround view monitor (SVM) in most of their vehicles. The SVM gives drivers an all-around view in several viewing modes, displaying real-time images from four cameras, offering a virtual “bird’s eye view.”
Kia Motors is all about safety and they have received many awards for their designs and implementations of safety features. Many vehicles have safety features, but some don’t go very far past the basics. Today, there’s a lot of automatic features that lessen the risks of an auto accident, and Kia Motors probably has the most of them.
Keeping an Eye on Things
These features are like giving the driver eyes on the back of their head, and all around the vehicle for that matter.
The rear parking assist system is a sonar system that detects obstacles when backing up. When an object is detected, it emits an audible warning. Another variation of this detects objects in the front and back, found on the K900, Soul EV, and Sportage.
For a complete view of the drivers surroundings, the touchscreen comes with a Surround View Monitor, or in other words, a bird’s eye view of the car that uses four cameras to show obstacles behind the car and in its immediate vicinity. Blind-Spot Detection also helps with this, alerting the driver to vehicles in their blind spot with a visual cue in their exterior mirror. There are more advanced versions of this in the next section.