The only way you are really going to know if a vehicle is right for you is if you come down to our lot and test drive one or many of our Kia vehicles. Especially if you have not driven many different types of vehicles, you need to get a feel for how they drive, how they accelerate, their road noise, etc., in order to be able to determine which one you want to buy. Here are some things to look for when it comes to test driving your Kia:
1. Can you get into and out of the car without hitting your head? Does the vehicle have enough clearance for you to comfortably get in and out? You might not think that having to stoop to get in and out of your vehicle is that big of a deal, but if you are continuously hitting your head, it is going to become very annoying, very quickly. Once you have purchased the vehicle, you are stuck with it, you cannot change how tall the vehicle is and how easy it is to get in and out of, so carefully evaluate this aspect of the car when you first sit down inside of it.
2. Do you have enough leg room? Leg room is going to either be one of the biggest inconveniences or biggest conveniences of your new vehicle. If you have enough leg room, plenty of room to spread out, you do not have to worry about feeling cramped. If you or your passengers are constantly battling for leg room, on the other hand, your car is going to become a very uncomfortable place, where people do not want to be. The back of your vehicle is going to be one of the most important places to make sure you have enough leg room.
3. Is the steering wheel high enough? Nothing is more uncomfortable or makes a vehicle more difficult to drive than a steering wheel that does not have the proper alignment. While most vehicles make it easy to adjust your steering wheel so that you can put it higher or lower depending on your preferences, you will want to buy a car that will actually let you adjust your wheel as far as it needs to go in order to be comfortable for you to drive.
4. Are the seats comfortable? This is why you should do a longer test drive than just circling the block to see how the vehicle handles. Sitting in the car for five minutes is not really going to give you a good idea of how comfortable or uncomfortable the seats are. You want to sit in the seats not just at low speeds, but at high speeds, too. Think about whether or not the seats provide you with enough room in the hips area, if their design seems like it will be comfortable for long car rides, and if they are high enough off of the ground that you will not have to bend your knees excessively when sitting.
5. Do you understand the gauges? If you have only ever driven one other car, you will likely have to get used to new gauges anyway, but that does not mean that you should not instantly be able to find your speedometer, gas level, and other relevant gauges on your dashboard. While driving, make sure that it is easy to find out all of the most important information, and that the gauges are easy to read. Most new cars come with digital speedometers that tell you exactly how fast you are going, but if your still uses an analog gauge, can you actually tell how fast you are going with just a quick glance?
6. What is the visibility like? How easy is it to see out of the car? Can you lift or lower the seat to give yourself better visibility? If the seat is too low in the car and you cannot lift it, you are probably going to have a harder time seeing if there are vehicles in your blind spot and, just in general, seeing road hazards around you. If this is the case, that car simply is not for you, no matter how much you love the other features. If you do have good visibility, however, that car could be perfect for you.
7. Can you reach the pedals easily? Stepping on the brake or the gas pedal should be second nature. It should be done automatically and you should not have to fumble in order to make sure that you are actually getting the right foot on the right pedal. Most vehicles come with adjustable pedals, so make sure that the vehicle you are test driving does, and that you are able to put those pedals in a position that is comfortable for you and matches your driving style.
8. Take a route similar to your driving needs. One piece of advice for getting the most out of your Kia test drive: make sure that on your test drive, you drive at speeds and in traffic conditions that are similar to how you typically drive. If, for example, you take a highway when you commute to your work, you will want to test potential vehicles out on the highway. A test drive that takes you in a wide variety of different road directions is always a good idea, but make sure you specifically take a test drive that matches your normal driving conditions.