Kia K2700 Single Cabin
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Kia K2700 Single Cabin
The Kia K series features an unconventional design with a curved front fascia which improves the truck’s aerodynamics and keeps the fuel consumption to a low level. The bonnet is fitted with a thin modern grille that features the latest Kia design language. The big windshield follows the same raked line as the bonnet and is fitted with two wipers which come with integrated washers.
The vertical light clusters are covered with polycarbonate lenses which are more resistant to impact than the conventional units. There are also big rectangular lights available, which cope well with the utilitarian nature of the truck and are integrated into the front bumper.
The polyurethane bumper is pretty flexible and can absorb shocks without braking after the first impact. For enhanced ventilation, the bumper is fitted with a big air intake which.
For a commercial vehicle the cabin is fairly spacious and surprisingly comfortable. The dashboard design isn’t something to rave about, but we like its fluid lines as they give the interior a modern feel. The plastics however, aren’t at the same level with Dyna’s materials, while the fit and finish is also inferior to its competitor.
On the other hand, all the controls are within easy reach and have a logical layout that is easy to leave with. We especially like the vertical emplacement of the HVAC controls which can’t be seen at many vehicles in the segment and are fairly easy to maneuver. The instrument cluster is also nicely organized and the gauges are lighted by LEDs which makes them easy to read.
The Kia K Series single cab can accommodate up to three people, while the crew cab version offers seats for up to six people. The middle front seat can be folded down to form a handy tray with a storage facility and two cup holders, while the rear seats of the crew cab also fold down to provide a second row cargo area.
Engine and Performance
There are three engine options available for the Kia K Series with 2.5 l, 2.7 l and 3.0 l displacements. The 2,476 cc intercooled turbocharged engine develops 130 hp with 255 Nm of torque achieved between 1,500-3,500 rpm. This engine is the strongest unit in the K series lineup and can deal pretty easy with any payload, being able to hit a maximum speed of up to 127 km/h.
The 2,665 cc engine is a normally aspirated unit which offers a maximum output of 80 hp @ 4,000 rpm and 165 Nm of torque at 2,400. The engine is a bit sluggish compared with its stronger counterpart and it doesn’t like to be revved hard. On the other hand, is pretty quiet and offers adequate fuel efficiency.
The 2,956 cc unit develops 85 hp @ 4,000 rpm and 181 Nm of torque at 2,200 rpm offering a good balance between power and efficiency.
Ride and Suspensions
The Kia K Series suspensions feature double wishbone with torsion beam at the front and leaf springs at the back. The suspensions are pretty well configured and cope well with the heavy payloads and also keep the ride’s comfort to a satisfactory level. The vehicle’s body roll is a bit big for our tastes and the gas shock absorbers will find it hard to offer a good balance when you attack a tight corner.
The Kia K Series can carry loads of up to 3.3 tones and is equipped with a capable power steering which is combined with a relatively small turning radius of 4.93 meters. The steering is light at low speeds and it gains some weight at higher speeds to assure a safe handling of the vehicle.
The stopping power is assured by 4 sensor ABS brakes with EBD and for an enhanced safety the vehicle is also available with a driver air bag.
The Kia 2700 is one of the most affordable vehicles in its segment. The truck has an aerodynamic design and is equipped with efficient engines which are able to cope well with generous payloads. The interior isn’t the best in the segment, but features a good overall ergonomy and is also pretty spacious. The ride and handling are at par with the competition, while the costs of maintenance and ownership are pretty small compared to the other vehicles in the segment.