Originally Posted by Brian SD
Don't be so nationalistic you silly Korean.
I kid, I kid. To my eyes this is the best looking economy compact out there.
Styling-wise, in the same class here, the new Daewoo Lacetti, whatever it is, looks nice(r) IMO. It's not out in the USA yet I think, but it will be the new Chevy Cavalier/Cobalt replacement. Whereas the Kia has some Honda proportions, a couple Audi ideas, you can tell someone at the drawing board said they were gonna differentiate the Kia design by doing some bold lines that just seem kind of out of place to me. The ducktail trunk, while looking ok, and the small greenhouse don't help the Kia bely it's size.
The new Daewoo/Chevy, on the other hand, constantly fools me into believing it's a bigger car than it is, it's got a long greenhouse and more subtle edges that blend into one another and make more sense. When optioned out on bigger stock wheels to fill out the arches, it has a European look to it and at night with the headlight clusters on, I sometimes mistake it for the current 3-series, it's got that kind of look to it. The only thing I don't like about it and I know it will bug me everytime I see this car until eternity, is this huge black plastic cap they added under the C pillar to make the greenhouse a perfect arch, without a kink. It looks really cheap, compared to the rest of the car, which is pretty nice, at least design-wise.
I can't believe I'm saying these things about a Daewoo or a Chevy Cavalier. Anyway, it's soon to be out in the US and some other places I think.
Daewoos have actually been styled a bit nicer than Hyundais or Kia traditionally though; before the huge bankruptcy/GM takeover, and when they were preparing their line to be sold in America, all of the models were styled by Italdesign. They look a little shitty now, as 1-2 decade old Italian economy cars can tend to look, but they did have a certain design flair to them at the time when Hyundais were coming out looking they were pre-dented and disfigured for you.