The strong market performance of Kia’s newest superstar – the Telluride SUV – calls attention to the spirit of togetherness and collaboration that has always underpinned the company’s success. The Korean carmaker’s family-centric manufacturing philosophy has informed the design of some of the most family-friendly vehicles produced this year.
This philosophy has – over the course of the last decade – elevated Kia to become one of the Top 100 brands in the world. And, with the introduction of exciting new models such as the Seltos and Stinger leading to a boost in sales, Kia is now ranked fourth among its peers regionally.
Buoyed by this surge in favourability, Kia – as driven by innovation as ever – is gearing up to make greater strides by 2021, with a planned brand revamp positioning it to produce even more adored models that marry comfort and usability.
More so than any other model, the Telluride spotlights Kia’s dedication to providing the ultimate driver and passenger experience through a host of intriguing features – some understated, some undeniably essential. It’s the first sport-utility vehicle to win the “Triple Crown” of the auto industry’s most prestigious accolades, and was named ‘World Car of the Year’ at the World Car of the Year Awards. But just what places this decorated family SUV among the market leaders?
It’s unbelievably spacious – and flexible with it
While the Telluride is officially a midsize SUV, you wouldn’t know it looking at the model’s phenomenal interior space on paper. Such spaciousness certifies the Telluride as undeniably family-proof; the real estate on offer allowing it to accommodate the largest of families. Depending on the configuration – of which there are many – the SUV can seat up to 8 passengers and boasts a total volume of 178.1 cubic feet.
Naturally, the SUV offers generous amounts of cargo space – comfortably besting most midsize SUVs on that score, with 21.0 cubic feet available behind the third row. This row can also be folded, increasing the space available to 46.0 cubic feet. Should passengers decide to reconfigure the second row as well, the volume increases further still – up to 87.0 cubic feet.
It’s smarter when it comes to safety
The Kia Telluride places a premium on safety, giving drivers, parents and guardians total confidence and assurance as they embark on any family adventure. Featuring Kia’s vaunted DRIVE WiSE technology – a suite of active safety functions designed to help drivers enjoy their motoring life to the fullest with ultimate peace of mind – the Telluride equips drivers with Blind Spot Detection, Auto Emergency Braking, and a host of other smart features. The Driver Attention Warning functionality, however, stands out.
The system monitors the driver and provides alerts if it senses their attention level has been significantly reduced; safeguarding families on long, tiring trips such as weekend getaways.
It keeps an eye out for rear occupants
The Telluride is designed with a perceptible sense of personality, distinguishing it as an SUV with character – one of its most eye-catching characteristics being the pleasantly surprising amount of care it has for its passengers. This is most evident with the Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) safety feature.
With ROA, upon exiting the vehicle, the Telluride can provide audible and visual warnings if unattended passengers remain in the rear seating area.
It makes journeys more personal
Staying on the personable theme, perhaps the Telluride’s niftiest feature is Driver Talk – a canny addition that improves communication between drivers and passengers, allowing parents to stay as connected with their children as possible while on the road. Using a mini-intercom system, drivers are able to speak to second and third-row occupants. Meanwhile, the feature’s Quiet Mode can be activated to adjust the volume of second and third row speakers.