KIA Rio / Pride

21 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on KIA Rio / Pride
Kia New Rio

L ooking back to the history of Kia Rio (or in its home market), we can see a rapidly breed. The first generation Rio was no than a 1-star car in our rating or in other words, a punishment to who could not afford a proper vehicle. The second generation a giant leap.

Although it was far from the level of class it was reasonably good in most and its super-bargain price made it a choice for buyers with budget. Now comes the Mk3. we have high expectation on it, having seen the world-class (Picanto and K5 / Optima) KIA introduced

Will it be finally the car that we desire to own? Can it challenge Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Jazz for the laurels?

Let us see its sheet first. Once again designer Peter Schreyer the Korean manufacturer something its designers desperately needed: a European favour. A prominent grille and slim tiger upper grille deliver a appearance, with strong resemblance to Picanto. A cab-forward high and rising waistline, lines on the doors and subtly wheel arches follow European design norms.

While Ford Fiesta is and VW Polo looks more the Korean car is stylish enough to most customers. It has good appeal.

Being sold the Rio / Pride is available in 3 body #8211; 5-doors hatchback, hatchback and 4-doors sedan. The two are identical except the rear They are certainly more than the 4-door sedan, proportion is compromised, i.e. 3-box nor 2-box. The sedan different up front, with a tiger nose and a slimmer grille, probably in the attempt to the K5.

While its trunk offers space in standard form, it the convenience and versatility of the hatchbacks. sedan is the preferred choice for the motorists of China and North However, as the shape of the Rio 4-door is not all conservative, I suspect this around more sales go to the 5-door.

The Korean manufacturer use of its production cost advantage to two things on the new Rio: size and Compare with the old car, it 55 mm longer and 45 mm wider. Although at mm it is slightly less tall the old car, its wheelbase is stretched by 70 mm.

The boosts rear seat room by the same amount. with Fiesta and Polo, its is 81 mm and 100 mm longer respectively. With so extra metal, it doesn’t an especially efficient packaging to a cabin space close to the of Honda Jazz.

A pity the 288-liter boot of the is a tad small.

One thing the Korean has yet to European rivals is the interior quality. The Rio’s instruments are and well layout. Fit and finish is a match to its European rivals, but the top trim gets soft-touch treatment on the dash top, yet it is not as as in Polo or Fiesta. Elsewhere, it is dark hard plastic.

it is a mixed bag. The toggle on the center console try to make it but they do not work with the precision. Some more metal or piano-black surfaces be a better idea.

Mechanically, the new Rio is perfectly up to date. It is on the same platform as Hyundai 63 percent of its body shell is of high-strength steel to lift rigidity by 31 percent compare the last generation. The power is now assisted by electric to save

Efficiency is enhanced further by the Eco which includes auto stop-start, low rolling resistance drag-reducing spoilers and longer More forward gears help raising fuel #8211; the manual box now gets 6 instead of 5, while the automatic a bigger leap from 4 to 6 Brakes have been to discs all round.

Kia New Rio

All engines are efficient yet more powerful. The 1.6-liter Gamma II engine a boost of 28 hp, thanks to direct dual-VVT and higher compression while all-alloy construction 13 kg from it. Other engines a 108hp 1.4-liter Gamma, 1.25-liter Kappa and a couple of diesel motors for European The most efficient of which is the new three-cylinder turbo diesel.

It produces 75 hp, returns 88 mpg and emits 85 grams of CO 2 per kilometer, which is the car you can find in Europe.

However, the selling engines are still the and 1.6-liter petrol. Compare its rival’s smaller turbocharged they need to be revved to get the most out of them. This less flexibility and more in acceleration.

Fortunately, the smooth-shifting manual box is a pleasant to use.

let us down is the chassis dynamics. The Rio a bad performer, but it just fails to the more polished Fiesta and There is a touch more roll and less agility in

It glides over road with more shocks and blame to a stiff suspension The steering is adequately weighted, but lack of feel. On the plus it excels on braking and high-speed

Motorway cruising is also refined, as the engine rev is kept the noisy zone.

Overall, the new Rio is of a vast improvement from the old However, it is still not in a position to the best of the class, especially in and perceived quality. Generous and a keen price might the game, but in case driving is your essential requirement for a car, then there are choices elsewhere.

Kia New Rio
Kia New Rio
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