The Kia Visto is a city car manufactured and marketed by the South Korean carmaker Kia Motors from 1999 to 2003.
History of the Kia Visto
The Kia Visto is a compact city car in a 5-door hatchback, which was introduced by the South Korean car company Kia in 1998. It was designed on the basis of a car from the company Hyundai called Atos / Santro. Model Visto had a pretty good look, and oval headlights gave the exterior a cheerful mood. Note that clones of this model were presented in various markets under various brands and names. For example, in the UK it was sold as Hyundai Amica, and in Mexico, the car was introduced by Dodge and was called Atos. The Kia Visto car (which he used to wear this name in Indonesia and South Korea) is rather small.
The car was presented at the Busan Motor Show on 17 May 1999 as the Kia Visto, to be sold in Europe through the Kia sales network, alongside the old Atos that would remain in production and be sold by Hyundai dealerships. However, European Hyundai dealers opposed the decision to distribute the Visto as the car would have caused competition for the Atos. In South Korea and Indonesia, the Atos Prime was sold as the Kia Visto as originally planned, while the Atos remained in production, sold by Hyundai dealers. In Indonesia, the Hyundai Atoz and Kia Visto were launched in 2000 with the 1.0L G4HC engine and initially sold as a complete built-up unit from South Korea (Atoz) and India (Visto). In 2001, Hyundai began production of the Atoz as a complete knock-down unit, which was assembled by Hyundai Mobil Indonesia in Bekasi, West Java, while the Visto continued to be imported from India. The Atoz and Visto received an update in 2002 with crystal multi-reflector headlamps and tail lamps. The Atoz received a redesigned front mesh grille. In 2004, the Visto was replaced by the Picanto. The Atoz was available in two trim levels: the base GLX and higher-level GLS, while the Visto was available in Que trim and later replaced with the zipDrive trim in 2002.
The price range for a used Kia Visto varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $2,400 and going to $17,000 for the latest year the model was manufactured.
Specs and Performance of the Kia Visto
- 798 cc (48.7 cui) displacement
The Kia Visto's 0.8L engine delivers 54 hp (40 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 54 lb-ft (73 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Kia marketed the Visto as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle, and it was available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Kia Visto accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (0–97 kph) in 15.9 seconds with a top speed of 90 mph (145 kph). Dimension-wise, the Kia Visto measures 3,495 mm (137.6 in) long, 1,495 mm (58.9 in) wide, and 1,615 mm (63.6 in) high. Its wheelbase measures 2,380 mm (93.7 in) and has a curb weight of 1,863 lbs (845 kg).
Kia Motors' Visto took the roads of South Korea, the Philippines, and Indonesia by storm from 1999 to 2003. Its renowned performance ensured a strong market presence in each territory during its short production span.