Since our story about the difficulty in getting map updates for the satellite navigation units in older Kia models, we have been inundated with questions.
For the record. Some owners are eligible for an update and it will cost nothing, others will have to pay around $250, while unlucky owners of 2012 and 2013 models will not be able to get an update.
If the car is within 24 months of its registration date it costs nothing. If your vehicle falls outside this period, you can still get an update, but it will be at a charge – and you’re not restricted to a single update.
Owners of newer Kias with the new satellite navigation system have access to updates for the next 10 years. These are cars that have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
If you are unsure, check with Kia Australia. Have your vehicle rego and VIN number handy.
To check what map you have:
Enter the navigation software
At the menu select “More…”
Select the “Help” option, in the bottom right
Select the down button to until you see “Maps” and select it
The field with Australia will tell you the version of map data currently installed in the unit
Our 2016 Sportage just had its 30K service and it cost us nothing for the update, although you can see from reading our stories that it didn’t go smoothly.
Prior to the update we were on Q3 2014. After the unit was successfully updated the map now shows Q3 2016.
The original Kia Mapcare offer which was removed from their website at the beginning of last year states:
“In an Australian first, Kia will also offer a free map update at the 12 and 24-month anniversary of purchase ensuring Kia owners always have the latest information available.
Simply book-in for your scheduled service at an authorised Kia service centre to receive your complimentary map updates.
Kia service centre will supply your first map update 12 months after the initial vehicle purchase date.
The second map update will be available the same way at the 24 month anniversary of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.”