The Kia Joice is a 7-seat compact MPV manufactured and marketed by the South Korean carmaker Kia Motors from 1999 to 2002.
History of the Kia Joice
Kia's evolution was aided by its partner, Hyundai Motor Corporation. An ancestor to the Kia Carens, the Joice was a small minivan that filled a spot on the market between a station wagon and a minivan. Technically, it may be called a "minivan", but also it is fairly OK to call it a "bigger station wagon". Hyundai gave platforms and engines to Kia to help it grow. This was the situation with the Kia Joice in 1999. It was the minivan that helped Kia enter into some markets where 7-seater vehicles were more appreciated. Under the hood, there was a 2.0L engine in two variants: 118 hp and 137 hp, respectively. There were two transmissions available: a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. While the vehicle was used mainly for shuttle and commercial use, its reliability helped Kia increase its image in the European and Asian markets. It was well received also in Russia, where it was used as a shuttle vehicle for hotels and airports since it was cheaper than regular minivans and roomier than station wagons.
The price range for a used Kia Joice varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at €700 ($757) and going to €4,000 ($4,326) for the latest year the model was manufactured.
Specs and Performance of the Kia Joice
- 2.0 L 16V I4
The Kia Joice's 2.0L engine delivers 118 hp (88 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 134 lb-ft (182 Nm) of torque at 4,800 rpm. Kia marketed the Joice as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle, and it was available with a Mitsubishi 4-speed automatic transmission. Kia Joice accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (0–97 kph) in 11.2 seconds with a top speed of 104 mph (167 kph). Dimension-wise, the Kia Joice measures 4,570 mm (180 in) long, 1,735 mm (68.3 in) wide, and 1,645 mm (64.8 in) high.
Its wheelbase measures 2,720 mm (107 in) and has a curb weight of 2,921 lbs (1,325 kg).
The Kia Joice was first released in the 1999 model year. It was discontinued in 2002 to make way for the new Kia Carens.