2008 Kia Mohave

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Kia Mohave

2008 Kia Mohave | road test

Desert Stormer?

The Kia Mohave

(pronounced Mo-har-vee) is named after Kia’s rigorous testing

ground in the US desert which intrudes on four states and has Las

Vegas as a glittering oasis in its centre. So in theory, having been

honed in such a demanding environment – the desert, not Las Vegas –

it should be perfectly suited to the Middle East. Kia is positioning

the Mohave in the opposite fighting corner to the likes of the

At the press launch last

week UAE journalists were treated to a leisurely drive from the

centre of Dubai out into the middle of the desert where we hoped to

be able to put the Mohave through its paces both on and off road.

So what does the Mohave

offer? From the outside the angular face reminiscent of some of the

Stateside 4x4s feels a little out of place on a Kia, but once you get

used to its broad and gently sloping chrome grin and wrap-around

headlamps, there is something quite forward-looking and simple about

it, based as it is on the MESA concept first shown in Detroit in

2005. It’s not really until you look beyond the rear wheel-arch

One assumes that Kia

expect the Mohave to be used at least in some degree for rugged

duties as it features a sump guard, as well plastic wheel-arch and

The interior of the

Mohave shouldn’t really be a surprise by now. Kia have ploughed a

lot of research and effort into refining the quality that the

customer can expect for the amount of money they spend, and it seems

that they have come up trumps with the Mohave. OK, the leather is not

of the highest quality and the interior materials are not up to the

standard of premium quality SUVs, but for perceived quality, texture,

As the driver, the first

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thing you notice is the innovative design of the instrument cluster

and the red backlighting when you switch on the lights. You also

notice the subtle design elements such as the matt wood veneer or

brushed aluminium effect inlays common to executive vehicles, as well

To drive, the Mohave

feels fairly sure-footed and as responsive to inputs as you would

expect a 5m long, 2m wide 7-seater SUV to be. The 3.8-litre V6 engine

Highway driving is very

Off-road the Mohave could

be quite adept. Unfortunately, Kia had obviously requested that the

organisers make sure their new ‘tough guy’ SUV was treated gently

with just a few light log obstacles, a run up a gentle dune and down

again and a 50 metre slalom course. Not really what you would call a

After four years in

development the Mohave looks set to be a serious contributor to Kia’s

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