Kia Australia is celebrating seven years since the introduction of its seven-year warranty in Australia.
The seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty was the longest new-car warranty available to Australian customers when it debuted in 2014.
Kia Australia still offers new cars with seven years of warranty, seven years of capped-price servicing, and seven years of roadside assistance.
More than 366,000 customers have purchased new Kia vehicles with this seven-year warranty program since its debut.
“The peace of mind that comes with [a seven]-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assist was an unrivalled feat in the market and will continue to be a staple for future success,” said Damien Meredith, Kia Australia CEO.
Most of Kia’s mainstream competitors have moved on from what was the industry-standard three-year warranty to at least five years since 2014.
Most brands currently offer five years in Australia, although mainstream brands go longer, and some luxury brands go shorter.
Hyundai Australia first moved from its three-year to a five-year warranty in 1999, and has stuck with it since.
There’s a catch though, as these new Mitsubishi vehicles need to be serviced at a certified Mitsubishi dealer for the 10-year warranty period to count.
The warranty period is shortened to five-years/100,000km if you service outside the dealer network.
Skoda is offering a seven-year warranty to owners who buy a seven-year service pack between now and the end of 2021.
Seven-year servicing package pricing varies from $2100 in the Fabia, Rapid, Kamiq and Scala, to $2900 in the Octavia RS, Superb Sport/Scout and Kodiaq RS.
Toyota Australia recently ruled out a 10-year warranty seen in vehicles sold from its United Kingdom counterpart.
Instead, Toyota Australia vehicles are currently covered by a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, with seven-year coverage on the powertrain, and 10-year hybrid battery coverage.