Kia Quoris is a bit of affordable luxury you can’t have … for now

At the 2012 Sydney Motor Show, Kia is showing off its new flagship sedan, the Quoris. Unfortunately, though, that doesn’t mean we’ll be able to buy one soon, as the car is still a left-hand drive-only proposition.

Although the design of the Caprice-sized car is stately, it doesn’t quite have the same visual grace or impact as the smaller, cheaper Optima. That said, it is rear-wheel drive and the car on show has a 246kW (329hp) 3.8-litre V8 under the bonnet — a 3.3-litre V6 is the other engine option.

Inside, the cabin is lined with enough cow skin to give a vegan nausea. Tech includes an around-view monitor, automated parking, adaptive front lighting, adaptive cruise control, head-up display and blind spot detection. The Lexicon by Harman sound system features a 12-channel digital amp, and the entertainment and nav system is powered by an Intel Atom processor — you know, the ones used to power netbooks — with a touchscreen up front and two 9.2-inch monitors in the rear.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]