Kia cars with highest power to weight ratio

Top 40 Kia cars with most powerful engines relative to vehicle weight. Updated May 2021.

Most accurate predictor of acceleration is power to weight ratio. The more power engine can produce and the less mass it has to accelerate, the quicker the acceleration.

For low speed acceleration and acceleration from standstill, traction also plays important role. Aerodynamic drag takes over as dominating factor at high speed.

Everything in between is where power to weight ratio matters the most. Mid-range acceleration is also important for track performance.

# make & model Hp/tonne▼ Image
1. 2015 Kia K900 V8 203 Photo of 2015 Kia K900 V8
2. 2010 Kia Cadenza 184 Photo of 2010 Kia Cadenza
3. 2011 Kia Optima SX T-GDI 178 Photo of 2011 Kia Optima SX T-GDI
4. 2009 Kia Borrego 161 Photo of 2009 Kia Borrego
5. 2015 Kia K900 V6 160 Photo of 2015 Kia K900 V6
6. 2013 Kia Pro Ceed GT 157 Photo of 2013 Kia Pro Ceed GT
7. 2018 Kia Stinger (2.0L) 150 Photo of 2018 Kia Stinger (2.0L)
8. 2015 Kia Ceed GT 147 Photo of 2015 Kia Ceed GT
9. 1995 Kia Elan 147 Photo of 1995 Kia Elan
10. 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD 144 Photo of 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD
11. 2009 Kia Opirus 143 Photo of 2009 Kia Opirus
12. 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX 130 Photo of 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX
13. 2006 Kia Sedona 122 Photo of 2006 Kia Sedona
14. 2006 Kia Optima 2.7 V6 118 Photo of 2006 Kia Optima 2.7 V6
15. 2010 Kia Cerato Koup 116 Photo of 2010 Kia Cerato Koup
16. 2012 Kia Rio SLi 114 Photo of 2012 Kia Rio SLi
17. 2017 Kia Soul 1.6 GDI 102 Photo of 2017 Kia Soul 1.6 GDI
18. 2016 Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 4WD 103 Photo of 2016 Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 4WD
19. 2010 Kia Soul Sport 2.0 106 Photo of 2010 Kia Soul Sport 2.0
20. 2010 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi A/T 105 Photo of 2010 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi A/T
21. 2008 Kia Pro Ceed 2.0 CVVT 105 Photo of 2008 Kia Pro Ceed 2.0 CVVT
22. 2009 Kia Soul 1.6 CVVT 102 Photo of 2009 Kia Soul 1.6 CVVT
23. 2009 Kia Ceed 1.6 92 Photo of 2009 Kia Ceed 1.6
24. 2007 Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi 90 Photo of 2007 Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi
25. 2015 Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 84 Photo of 2015 Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi
26. 2017 Kia Picanto 1.2 84 Photo of 2017 Kia Picanto 1.2
27. 2010 Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 81 Photo of 2010 Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi
28. 2004 Kia Picanto 1.1 75 Photo of 2004 Kia Picanto 1.1
29. 2013 Kia Carens 1.7 CRDi 74 Photo of 2013 Kia Carens 1.7 CRDi
30. 2006 Kia Picanto 1.1 CRDi 71 Photo of 2006 Kia Picanto 1.1 CRDi
31. Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi LX 67 Photo of Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi LX
32. 2021 Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid 129 Photo of 2021 Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid
33. 2011 Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT Photo of 2011 Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT
34. 2021 Kia Ceed Sportswagon 1.5 T-GDI 112 Photo of 2021 Kia Ceed Sportswagon 1.5 T-GDI
35. 2016 Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDI 108 Photo of 2016 Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDI
36. 2017 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 97 Photo of 2017 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi
37. 2018 Kia Stinger 2.0 T-GDI 140 Photo of 2018 Kia Stinger 2.0 T-GDI
38. 2017 Kia Picanto 1.0 69 Photo of 2017 Kia Picanto 1.0
39. 2017 Kia Rio 99 Photo of 2017 Kia Rio
40. 2018 Kia e-Niro 114 Photo of 2018 Kia e-Niro

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 05/11/2021, last addition - Kia Picanto 1.0.