2010 Pontiac Vibe Review — Ratings, Edmunds
2010 Pontiac Vibe Review
- 1 2010 Pontiac Vibe Review
- 2 Get more for your trade-in
- 3 Edmunds’ Expert Review
- 4 Vehicle overview
- 5 2010 Pontiac Vibe models
- 6 WARRANTY TERMS AND EXCLUSIONS
- 7 Kia 7 Year Warranty
- 8 Paint
- 9 Normal deterioration
- 10 Tyres
- 10.1 Production changes
- 10.2 Customer responsibilities
- 10.3 Maintenance
- 10.4 Maintenance records
- 10.5 Warranty repairs
- 10.6 Anti-perforation limited warranty
- 10.7 Warranty period
- 10.8 What’s not covered?
- 10.9 Customer responsibilities
- 10.10 Limited liability
- 10.11 Parts limited warranty
- 10.12 Warranty period
- 10.13 What’s not covered?
- 10.14 Limited liability
- 10.15 Electric (EV) and Hybrid Vehicles
- 11 Health care services and supports
- 12 Eligibility
- 13 Children
- 14 On this page
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Comfortable ride, easy-to-use controls, spacious backseat, ample cargo capacity, good fuel economy with 1.8-liter engine. Mediocre fuel economy with 2.4-liter engine, Toyota’s version will have better resale value.
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The 2010 Pontiac Vibe is one of the most practical compact hatchbacks on the market, though Pontiac’s possible demise won’t help resale values.
The 2010 Pontiac Vibe is based on the Toyota Matrix, which is, in turn, a close relative of the Toyota Corolla. Those are pretty good genes for a compact hatchback to start with, and the Vibe makes the most of them. Sharing most of the Matrix’s interior and mechanical components, the Vibe boasts a compliant suspension, intuitive cabin controls and plenty of cargo capacity, making it one of the more compelling choices in this segment.
Compared to its sibling, the Vibe sets itself apart with unique exterior styling, including Pontiac’s trademark dual-grille design. Its sheet metal is far more stylish than the typical economy car’s, its tall body imbues the cabin with a spacious feel and its convenient hatchback design means you can haul a lot of stuff. This cargo-carrying capacity is one of the Vibe’s biggest draws — it can haul almost as much as some compact SUVs. Yet its fuel economy with the base 1.8-liter engine is still quite good at 28 combined mpg. The Vibe costs a grand or two more than a run-of-the-mill budget hatchback, but its verve and versatility make it well worth the extra coin.
It’s worth noting that GM’s restructuring process could mark the end of Pontiac. If the brand is axed, this will negatively impact the Vibe’s resale value. Still, there’s no doubting the Vibe’s fundamental goodness. Certainly, you’ll want to shop around some — other good choices include the Hyundai Elantra Touring, Mazda 3 Scion xB, Subaru Impreza and Volkswagen Rabbit. Each of these cars has its own particular set of merits, but for a compact hatchback or wagon offering practicality and style in equal measures, the 2010 Pontiac Vibe stands tall.
2010 Pontiac Vibe models
The 2010 Pontiac Vibe is a compact hatchback available in two trim levels — base and GT — with different equipment levels depending on the drivetrain. The base front-wheel-drive Vibe comes standard with the 1.8-liter engine, 16-inch wheels, power mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a four-speaker CD audio system with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack, and not much else. When the 2.4-liter engine is specified on the base model, air-conditioning joins the equipment roster. The all-wheel-drive base model keeps the 2.4-liter engine and adds a sportier independent rear suspension in place of the standard torsion-beam setup, but the equipment list is otherwise unchanged. The GT employs the independent rear suspension and adds a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded 320-watt Monsoon audio system with MP3 playback, full power accessories, cruise control, keyless entry, leather and cloth sport seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio controls) and shift knob.
Air-conditioning is a stand-alone option on the base model with the 1.8-liter engine. For all but the GT there is the available Preferred package, which provides full power accessories, cruise control and keyless entry. Also available on non-GT models is the Sun and Sound package, which includes a sunroof, the GT’s audio system and the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The sunroof is a stand-alone option for the GT. Additional options include a luggage rack and a rear cargo organizer.
WARRANTY TERMS AND EXCLUSIONS
Kia 7 Year Warranty
Terms and Exclusions
At Kia, we don’t just sell cars that look nice. We want our customers to enjoy them for years to come.
We use the latest engineering and technical know-how to design and build Kia cars – and we think you’ll appreciate this every time you get behind the wheel. In fact, we’re so proud of how we put our cars together that we offer one of the most comprehensive warranties around.
The 7- year warranty applies to Kia cars bought from an authorised Kia dealer, and it is registered and normally used in the UK. You have statutory rights in relation to the goods against other parties and those rights are not affected by the guarantee.
This document explains the terms & exclusions for three relevant separate warranties that apply to our current range of cars, as below:
Electric (EV) & Hybrid vehicles
Kia warrants a new car to be free of defects in material or workmanship – we’ve set out the terms and conditions for this below. An authorised Kia dealer will make any repairs, using new or remanufactured parts, to put right any problem covered by this limited warranty free of charge. Whilst the contract to carry out the repairs will be with the dealer, we will pay the costs of the repairs. Any parts replaced during a warranty repair are covered for the remainder of the warranty period only.
The warranty period
The new car limited warranty is divided into various periods. They begin on the date of registration except for service parts or accessories that are installed at a later date. The warranty transfers to each new owner as long as it hasn’t expired.
What’s covered by the basic warranty?
Kia covers the components of a new Kia car for unlimited mileage up to 36 months, and for 100,000 miles between 37 and 84 months, from the date of first registration.
Exceptions to this are:
The 12V and 48V batteries — these are covered for 24 months
The eCall battery – this is covered for 36 months
The air conditioning refrigerant charge — this is also covered for 24 months
Wheel balance and steering alignment — are covered for the first 1000 miles or one month
Cracks in the exterior glass — are covered for the first 1000 miles or three months
Using a kia car as a taxi or for private hire
If a customer uses a Kia car as a taxi or for private hire, the warranty period is 84 months or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. It will need to have been registered as a taxi in line with our procedures, or it will only be covered for 60,000 miles.
The original audio and navigation units are covered for 36 months or 60,000 miles from the date of first registration, whichever comes first.
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The paint is covered for 60 months or 100,000 miles from the date of first registration, whichever comes first. You’ll find specific exclusions to this below.
Under this warranty, Kia are only liable for the repair or replacement of original parts by an authorised Kia dealer that are defective in material or workmanship. Kia are not liable for any costs that may incur getting to a dealer, supplying a replacement car or as a result of being without the car during warranty repairs.
What’s not covered?
Damage due to factors beyond the manufacturer’s control
Misuse of the car such as driving over kerbs, overloading, racing, etc. You’ll find proper usage described in the owner’s manual
Events such as collision, fire, theft, riot, etc
Cars categorised as ‘total loss’ or ‘insurance write off’
Alteration, modification, tampering, etc
Damage or surface corrosion from the environment such as acid rain, airborne fallout (chemicals, bird lime, tree sap, etc), salt, road hazards, hail, wind, storm, lightning, floods and other acts of God
Cosmetic conditions or surface corrosion from stone chips or scratches in the paint
Damage due to a lack of maintenance, such as:
Servicing that is not completed within the time and mileage recommendation’s, as described in the service book and the owner’s manual
Improper maintenance or the use of fuel, oil or lubricants, additives other than those we recommend in the owner’s manual
The use of inferior quality parts
Normal wear, tear or deterioration such as discolouration, fading or deformation
Surface corrosion on any part other than the sheet metal panels on the exterior body
Gradual wearing of mechanical components in proportion to mileage
The adjustment of doors, bonnets and tailgates is covered up to the first scheduled maintenance service.
Normal maintenance services described as ‘scheduled maintenance services’ in the vehicles service book and ‘maintenance’ in the owner’s manual, such as:
cleaning and polishing
replacement of filters
anti-freeze coolant refill
wheel alignment and tyre rotation
unless these are carried out as part of a repair under this warranty.
Maintenance items (#) are covered for defects in material or workmanship for 24 months from the date of first registration regardless of mileage. (#-Spark plugs, auxiliary drive belts, brake pads and linings, wiper blades, clutch linings, lamp bulbs or other consumable items).
Any repair of a Kia car on which the odometer has been altered or on which the actual mileage can’t be readily determined.
Extra expenses and damages
Kia won’t reimburse for any financial loss or other damages. For example, loss of use, lodging and car rentals, travel costs or loss of earnings.
Tyres are covered by the tyre manufacturer’s warranty.
Kia may make changes to the vehicles we build and/or sell at any time without having to make similar changes to vehicles we previously built and/or sold.
Customers must use and maintain their Kia car properly. If they use a Kia car in severe driving conditions, they should follow the extra maintenance steps set out in the owner’s manual.
You may need to show that you’ve maintained your Kia car properly. So you should keep your maintenance records handy, together with all your receipts. The scheduled maintenance records should be filled in whenever a Kia car goes in for service or maintenance.
Anti-perforation limited warranty
Kia warrants that the body sheet metal parts* of a new Kia car are free of defects in material or workmanship that lead to perforation (holes through the body panel from the inside out) as a result of corrosion – we’ve set out the exceptions to this below.
An authorised Kia dealer will either repair or replace – at no cost – any sheet metal panel* that has perforated due to corrosion resulting from defects in material or workmanship.
*Roof panel, doors, bonnet, tailgate, boot lid, sills, pillars, front wings, rear quarter panels and rear panel.
The warranty period for all current models is 144 months/unlimited mileage.
The warranty period begins from the date of first registration and it’s transferable to subsequent owners as long as it hasn’t expired. For this warranty to remain valid a Kia car should be inspected by a Kia dealer or authorised repairer every 12 or 24 months depending upon the model — the dealer may charge for this.
What’s not covered?
Any perforation due to corrosion which is caused by industrial fallout, accident, damage, abuse, vehicle modifications or carrying damaging or corrosive cargo
Any perforation due to corrosion caused not by a defect in materials or workmanship, but by not maintaining a Kia car as set out in the owner’s manual
Any perforation due to corrosion of a part of a Kia car other than a sheet metal panel of the exterior body. This specifically excludes any part of the exhaust systesm
Any perforation due to defects or failure resulting from the use of new parts not sold or approved by Kia, or used parts, or damage to associated systems that’s caused as a result of this
Any perforation due to corrosion that’s caused by misuse, abuse or improper maintenance such as a missed annual anti-perforation inspection
Any corrosion of the Kia car that doesn’t result in perforation
Customers should regularly look closely at the sheet metal panels on the exterior body. If any stone chips or scratches in the paint or protective coating are found, they should be touched up straight away.
In certain conditions. special care should be taken to protect your Kia from corrosion.
If driven on salted roads, or near the sea, flush the underbody with clean water at least once a month
It’s important to keep the drain holes in the lower edges of the body clear
If damaged in any way that may affect the paint, have it repaired as soon as possible
If carrying special cargo such as chemicals, fertilisers, de-icing salt or other corrosive substances, make sure that they’re well packaged and sealed
If often driven on gravel roads, we recommend installing mud flaps behind each wheel
After each regular check, make sure the correct anti-perforation record in the manual have been stamped by the Kia dealer or authorised repairer
Under this warranty, Kia are only liable for the repair or replacement of original parts by an authorised Kia dealer that are defective in material or workmanship. Kia are not liable for any costs you may incur getting to a dealer, supplying a replacement car or as a result of being without the car during warranty repairs.
Parts limited warranty
Kia warrant that Kia Genuine Parts will be free of defects in material or manufacturing – we’ve set out exclusions to this below. This warranty covers the parts replaced or sold by an authorised Kia dealer.
An authorised Kia dealer will either repair or replace any parts to put right any problem covered by this warranty. If the authorised Kia dealer installed the parts, they’ll be repaired or replaced with no charge to you for parts or labour. If anyone else installed the parts, they’ll be repaired or replaced with no charge to you for the parts, but you will have to pay for the labour.
Parts replaced by an authorised Kia dealer under warranty are covered for the remainder of the original warranty period only. Parts sold and installed by an authorised Kia dealer outside of the warranty policy are covered for 24 months from the date they were installed, regardless of mileage.
Parts used on a taxi or private hire vehicle are covered for 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.
What’s not covered?
Damage or corrosion due to factors such as accidents, negligence, improper repairs or adjustments, misuse, alterations or collision
Damage or surface corrosion from the environment such as acid rain, airborne fallout (chemicals, tree sap etc.) salt, road hazards, hail, wind storm, lightening, floods and other acts of God
Normal wear, tear and deterioration such as discolouration, fading or deformation
Parts installed on a Kia car in which the odometer has been altered or on which the mileage can’t be readily determined
Parts used for purposes they were not designed for
Parts not properly installed by someone other than Kia or an authorised Kia dealer
Parts without proof of purchase or replacement date
Parts that an authorised Kia dealer isn’t allowed to sell or install on a Kia car
under this warranty, Kia are only liable for the repair or replacement of original parts by an authorised Kia dealer that are defective in material or workmanship. Kia are not liable for any costs you may incur getting to a dealer, supplying a replacement car or as a result of being without the car during warranty repairs.
Electric (EV) and Hybrid Vehicles
Kia covers the components of the EV and Hybrid vehicles for unlimited mileage up to 36 months, and for 100,000 miles between 37 and 84 months, from the date of first registration.
This specifically covers the following items not fitted to our standard car range:
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