Kia Singapore’s second flash sale now focuses on its SUVs – the Stonic, Niro, and Sorento – and happens May 2, 2020 at midnight
Update: Originally Kia Singapore told us buyers that registered early could access the sale beginning midnight tonight, May 1 2020, however the registration closed by the time we got the news and published the story, at 2045h. We apologise for any inconvenience caused!
Online sale season is here, underpinned by the fact that COVID-10 has everyone stuck in their homes. Accordingly, Kia is now preparing its second flash sale in two weeks, one that focuses on its sport utility vehicle (SUV) lineup.
The latest flash sale kicks off this weekend on May 2, 2020 at 0000h and ends May 3, 2359h. But there’s a twist this time around.
Those who signed up for early access will be able to get their virtual hands on the goodies first, and enjoy discounts of up to S$16,000.
Otherwise, the sale goes public on May 2, 0000h (midnight) at Kia Singapore’s website, with discounts of up to S$13,000. As mentioned, when we published the story it was a few hours before midnight May 1, but after it went live Kia Singapore informed us registrants at this timeframe wouldn’t be able to access the sale early.
The cars featured in the sale are the three SUVs that are in the Kia lineup currently, the Stonic compact SUV, the Niro Hybrid SUV, and Sorento seven-seat SUV – read the end of the story for the skinny on what each one is and what it does.
The Kia Cerato sedan was sold with up to S$16,000 discount in the first flash sale. Like the first sale, interested buyers can sign up at Kia’s registration page for early access to the sale
Kia says the response to the first flash sale was ‘very encouraging’, so it’s no surprise why this one is taking place.
As mentioned it’s been something of a silly season for online sales: Toyota’s sale ended on April 24, but it’s also doing a demo-unit sale on online retailer Lazada, as announced today.
Volkswagen and Skoda, both under the same dealership run by Volkswagen Singapore, also have online sales but they extend for the whole CB period – VW offers $S10k off its Golf Variant wagon, for instance, Skoda S$5k off most of its cars.
Suzuki offered buyers the chance to name their own price in an auction-style sale as well.
Even German luxury brand Audi is in on the game with it setting up a virtual showroom, selling accessories on Lazada, and having its own sale with more than S$10k off most models.
If you’re already in the market for a car, and have test driven the one you’re interested recently, then we encourage you to go ahead and make a booking. However buying online also means buying sight unseen, so exercise prudence here despite the very attractive deals flying atound now.
That said, here’s the brief on all three of Kia’s SUVs on sale so you know what to click on beforehand. Click on the titles to read our review of each car.
The compact SUV has the segment to itself, since there really isn’t any direct competition to it from any brand. It’s small, but practical, has lots of useful equipment and drives well, and since it costs less than S$90,000 with COE, it’s the sort of car that cheats compact hatchbacks out of their lunch.
The Niro is the least expensive hybrid SUV in Singapore right now and is quite popular for that reason alone. Hybrids are no longer shunned by mainstream buyers, and the Niro’s space and equipment level, plus its truly frugal nature, make it a strong choice for a small, fuel-sipping SUV.
The Sorento is a bit of a special case – it’s a seven-seat large SUV and hence a good family mobile. There’s also a petrol 2.4-litre model, as well as a 2.2-litre diesel. But there’s also range-topping GT Line 2.2-litre turbodiesel model with all-wheel drive who want a little more oomph from their soft-roaders.