Kia Borrego
aka Mesa/Mohave
Production 2009-2010
Class Full-Size SUV
Body Style 7-seat SUV
Length 192.1 inches
Width 75.4 inches
Wheelbase 114.0 inches
Transmission 5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Engine 3.8-litre V6
4.6-litre DOHC V8
Similar Land Rover Discovery
Hyundai Terracan
Designer Peter Schreyer (Kia head of design)

The Kia Borrego (Mohave in Korea) is a mid to full size SUV which will go on sale in North America in late spring 2008 as a 2009 model. It is Kia's first venture into the large SUV market and utilises their first V8 engine. It rivals cars such as the Land Rover Discovery and Hyundai Terracan.

Recent Changes

The car is a 2009 model.

Styles and Major Options

The Borrego will come in both 3.8-litre V6 and 4.6-litre V8 DOHC forms, with a clean diesel confirmed to be on it's way at the end of the year, the latter of which is capable of a 7,500 pound max payload, while the former resides with the 5,000 pound max payload of the Kia Sorento. 18 inch alloys are optional, and the car comes in 2WD and 4WD versions.


Pricing has not been fully confirmed yet, but expect two trim levels, most likely LX and EX, and pricing will range from a base price of $26,535 to a fully specced V8 at $35,535.

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Gas Mileage

As seen on the website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

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Engine and Transmission

The basic car will come with a 3.8-litre V6 engine and a 5-speed automatic gearbox, and the range-topping version will have a 4.6-litre V8 and a 6-speed automatic. Expect a 'clean diesel' V6 to be added to the lineup in about a year or so.


  • 3.8-litre V6 - 250-300 bhp (estimated)
  • 4.6-litre V8 - 300 bhp +


Warranty options and scheduled maintainence information should be mentioned here.


The Borrego features a wide array of safety equipment, including:

  • Advanced two-stage airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags for all three rows
  • ABS (Anti-lock brakes)
  • EBD (Electronic brake distribution)
  • BAS (Brake assist system)
  • ESC (Electronic stability control)
  • TCS (Traction control)
  • TPMS (Tire pressure monitoring system)
  • DAC (Downhill assist control)
  • HAC (Hill assist control)



Colour information is currently not available, but expect it to echo other Kia SUV's.

Main Competitors

Hybrid Models

There are currently no plans for a hybrid model, although it is plausible. A 'clean diesel' variant will arrive in late 2008. Kia has confirmed to be working on a Fuel Cell variant dubbed the Borrego FCEV. [1]

Unique Attributes

The Borrego is the first Kia to ever feature a V8 engine, and also the most powerful Kia ever.


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Resale Values

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Some articles claim the introduction of a V8 with oil supplies so expensive is unwise, and Motor Trend go on to say "When Kia began developing the Borrego some four years ago, gas was under $2 per gallon and automakers were still touting the sustainability of the big truck boom."


The Borrego is currently only to be sold in the North American and Korean markets, although for the latter it will be rebadged 'Mohave'. However, a move into other markets such as the UK is possible when the new diesel arrives.

Design quirks and oddities

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See Also


Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai | Kia

Current: Sedona · Sorento · Sportage · Rondo · Optima · Rio · Borrego · Forte · Forte Koup · Soul · Cadenza · Ray · K9

Current (Europe and Asia): Picanto · Cee'd · Pro cee'd · Cerato · Venga · Magentis

Historic: Pride · Spectra · Amanti

Concept: KCV-III · KCD-I Slice · Sport · KCV4 Mojave · Soul Concept · Multi-S Crossover · KCD-II · Kue · Cee'd · Pro cee'd · Kia Rondo SX · Ex cee'd Cabrio · KND-4 4x4 · Kee Sports Coupe Concept · Eco cee'd Concept · SOUL Concepts · SOUL Burner Concept · SOUL Diva Concept · SOUL Searcher Concept · Koup Concept · Soul Hybrid Concept · Borrego Limited Concept · SOULster Concept · MPV Concept · №3 Concept · KND-5 Concept · Ray PHEV Concept · Venga EV Concept · POP EV Concept · Sportage Antenna "Work" Concept · Sportage Antenna "Play" Concept · Forte Koup Type R Concept · KV7 Concept

Racing: Forte Koup Grand-Am Koni Challenge

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