Complete Kia Avella lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

1994 Kia Avella Delta - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1994 - 2000 Kia Avella SedanAvella Delta1 Trim 105 Hp 1994 Kia Avella - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1994 - 2000 Kia Avella HatchbackAvella1 Trim 76 Hp

The Kia Avella is a subcompact car marketed by Kia as the Korean version of the Festiva from 1993 to 1999.

History of the Kia Avella

The version of the Festiva sold in Korea, from March 1994, was badged "Kia Avella". "Avella" was a made-up portmanteau word, combining aveo (Latin for "desire") and ella (Spanish for "she"). Available in sedan (Avella Delta), three-door, and five-door hatchback body styles. Sales of the Kia Avella totaled 115,576 between 1994 and 1995 but dropped to only 27,850 in 1998. The Avella was primarily intended for export markets carrying Ford badging, as South Korean customers tended to prefer sedans over hatchbacks. It was sold in very few export markets with Kia badging, such as Malta. The Kia Avella was discontinued in 1999 although production for some export markets continued until 2000; it and the Pride (first-generation Festiva) were collectively replaced by the Kia Rio in 1999. While the standard Avellas received the 73 PS (54 kW) 1.3L Mazda B3 engine, higher spec versions were available both with a SOHC and a more powerful DOHC version of the 1.5L B5 engine. The 105 PS (77 kW) DOHC version was only available in the four-door Avella Delta. Five-speed manuals as well as three- or four-speed automatic transmissions were available.


The price range for a used Kia Avella varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $728 and going to $2,640 for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Specs and Performance of the Kia Avella


  • 1323 - 1498 cc (81 - 91.5 cui) displacement

The Kia Avella's 1.3L engine delivers 72 hp (54 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 97 lb-ft (132 Nm) of torque at 3,000 rpm. Kia marketed the Avella as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle, and it was available with a Mazda-Jatco F3A 3-speed automatic transmission. Kia Avella accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (0–97 kph) in 12.7 seconds with a top speed of 100 mph (161 kph). Dimension-wise, the Kia Avella measures 3,975 mm (156.5 in) long, 1,665 mm (65.6 in) wide, and 1,450 mm (57.1 in) high. Its wheelbase measures 2,390 mm (94.1 in) and has a curb weight of 2,072 lbs (940 kg).

Release Date

The Kia Avella was released and marketed by the South Korean car manufacturer Kia from 1993 to 1999. It was the version of the Festiva sold in the South Korean market and some selected areas.