autoevolution

Segment: Small
Production years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

In 1998, Kia introduced the second generation of the Shuma on the European market, while the U.S. received a better car named Sephia or Spectra, depending on the bodywork version.

Kia designed the platform of the Sephia's first-generation and continued its progress along with the introduction of the 1998 Shuma/Sephia lineup. The young Korean carmaker took a bolder step on the second generation and drastically changed the design and the interior. Maybe not for a better one, but nevertheless different.

Just by looking at its front, some might think of a scaled-down four-eyes Taurus, which was already on the market for two years. But the Shuma was addressed to other markets. The U.S. customers received a more conventional design approach on the Sephia, the Shuma's sibling. From its sides, the European version showed its rounded body panels and shaved edges. Its three-box design shape was slightly altered by a wider C-pillar and the tall, short trunk.

The interior was quite interesting for the Korean carmaker. Its rounded shapes of the dashboard resembled those installed on the Ford Contour/Mondeo, with the driver surrounded by the instrument cluster and the center stack. Kia used to work with Mitsubishi and was inspired by its rounded buttons for the climate control, but placed them lower, harder to reach by the driver. In the back, the car offered just enough room for two passengers, while three were already too many.

Under the hood, Kia used a licensed-built Mazda engine and its own 1.8-liter unit. Both were paired to a standard five-speed manual.

KIA Shuma 1998-2001 3 Photos
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KIA Shuma 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.5L 16V 5MT (88 HP)
  • 1.8L 16V 5MT (112 HP)
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KIA Shuma 1.5L 16V 5MT (88 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 16V 5MT (88 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
65 KW @ 5000 RPM
88 HP @ 5000 RPM
87 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
135 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
111.8 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.37 in (4480 mm)
Width
67.32 in (1710 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.48/57.48 in (1,460/1,460 mm)
Wheelbase
100.78 in (2560 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2370 lbs (1075 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3527.4 lbs (1600 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22.4 mpg US (10.5 L/100Km)
Highway
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Combined
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
185 g/km

KIA Shuma 1.8L 16V 5MT (112 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 16V 5MT (112 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1793 cm3
Power
82 KW @ 5800 RPM
111 HP @ 5800 RPM
110 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
112 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
152 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121.8 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.37 in (4480 mm)
Width
67.32 in (1710 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.48/57.48 in (1,460/1,460 mm)
Wheelbase
100.78 in (2560 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2383.2 lbs (1081 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3527.4 lbs (1600 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.7 mpg US (12.6 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
216 g/km
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