Kia's first mass production large family sedan was the Clarus (Known as Credos in South Korea), based around the running gear of the pre-1997 Mazda 626, which went on sale across the world in the summer of 1999. It was powered by one of two Mazda sourced petrol engines with 1.8 and 2.0 litres, which proved to be unremarkable in performance but excellent for reliability. A diesel-powered alternative were not available. The car's interior was dull but spacious and comfortable, as well as the boot being massive. The asking price for the basic 1.8 SX was £11,000 - around £4,000 less than the equivalent Ford Mondeo.