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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
As in the rest of the 2009 Kia line that launches shortly after, Sirius satellite radio is standard
Available features include an uplevel audio system
A slew of standard items including a back-up warning system
Road & Track
For a vehicle with a sub-$30,000 starting price, the 2009 Kia Borrego easily exceeds expectations when it comes to features. This seems to be a general trend among the Kia lineup, but the 2009 Kia Borrego goes above and beyond and even introduces a new "first" for Kia.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are suitably impressed at the long list of standard features that come on the 2009 Kia Borrego, whether it's in LX or EX trim. Reviewers at Road & Track report that the Kia Borrego "features a slew of standard items including a back-up warning system, Sirius satellite radio with USB and iPod jacks," and "integrated tow hitch." Other features that come standard on both trim levels are "cruise control, remote locking, and power windows and mirrors," according to Cars.com. ConsumerGuide says the upscale EX trim of the Borrego Kia includes "dual-zone automatic climate controls" and a "leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls," along with "automatic headlights" as part of its standard features loadout.
Optional features, some available individually and others grouped into packages, are found in abundance on the Kia Borrego. Motor Trend reviewers are impressed by the list of package items, which includes "an $1,800 premium package (sunroof, Infinity audio, rear A/C, runningboards)" and "a $1,500 luxury package (leather for the first and second rows, heated front seats, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel)." Some of the more noteworthy stand-alone features on the Kia Borrego are an available "navigation system," the first ever on a Kia vehicle, and "DVD entertainment system," though ConsumerGuide points out the DVD system is not available with the navigation option. While many automakers with much more experience in the onboard navigation system department struggle to design user-friendly interfaces, Motor Trend is pleased to report that Kia's first effort "is intuitive." The other major option ConsumerGuide says is available on the Kia Borrego is a "wireless cell phone link" that can be added to either trim level of the Borrego Kia.
The 2009 Kia Borrego is loaded well beyond its price range and can even be had with—get this—a user-friendly navigation system.